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UNMIK Headlines 21 June

By   21 hours ago

• Thaci: Time for historic settlement with Serbia (media)
• Opposition turns down President’s call to join dialogue finale (Koha)
• LDK: We do not support Thaci leading dialogue with Serbia (Kosova Sot)
• LDK seeks early elections again (media)
• Delawie: 2018, a year of success in dialogue with Serbia (RTK)
• PSD hosts latest round-table of political parties (media)
• McAllister: All Brussels agreements to be implemented (RTK)
• Hoxhaj: UN seat and Association to happen in parallel way (Zeri)
• Veseli urges youth not to leave Kosovo after visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• Surroi: Politicians should not promise visa liberalisation this year (media)
• U.S. Ambassador Delawie meets Vetevendosje leader Kurti (media)
• Pacolli: Liberia has not withdrawn recognition (media)
• UNHCR refutes Jevtic’s statement about 200,000 IDPs from Kosovo (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 June

By   2 days ago

• EU will call on Thaci, Vucic to urgently implement agreements (Koha)
• Thaci discusses dialogue with Quint ambassadors ahead of meeting Vucic (dailies)
• Collaku: Thaci, legitimate leader of dialogue with Serbia (Klan Kosova)
• Government reports to Brussels, low-level implementation of agreements (Koha)
• Avramopoulos: Kosovo close to visa liberalisation (media)
• Pacolli travels to Austria to lobby for visa liberalisation (Bota Sot)
• Serbia called to accountability for crimes in Kosovo (Zeri)
• Serbian authorities prevent cultural dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Gerxhaliu: Kosovo to urgently apply for WTO membership (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 June

By   3 days ago

• Collaku: Thaci and Vucic to meet in a matter of days (Koha)
• Vucic and Thaci to meet in Brussels on Sunday? (Lajmi/Tanjug)
• Arifi: EU supports ACSMM based on Kosovo Constitution (Zeri)
• Visa liberalisation report to be published next week (Zeri)
• European Commission without an assessment on visa liberalisation yet (Koha)
• France supports Kosovo on visa liberalisation (Epoka)
• Pacolli requests from Israel to recognize Kosovo (RTK)
• Vetevendosje accuses Thaci of obstructing work of CEC (Zeri)
• EULEX deputy chief: We should not do Kosovo’s work (Telegrafi/DW)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 June

By   4 days ago

• Government against ‘selective approach’ to dialogue (Koha Ditore)
• Arifi: Opening of the Mitrovica bridge, matter of political decisions (RTK)
• US, Germany insist KSF transformation should go through Constitution (Zeri)
• Mogherini expects Thaci and Vucic to reach final agreement (Bota Sot)
• PSD postpones political roundtable (Klan Kosova)
• Veseli travels to France to lobby for visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• EULEX chief: Kosovo responsible for the future (RTK, N1)
• Hoti: Serbia to be held accountable for war crimes (RTK)
• FYROM and Greece sign the historic agreement (Epoka)
• Kosovo leaders hail Macedonia and Greece signing name change agreement (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 June

By   7 days ago

• Formation of Kosovo Army, through constitutional amendments or law? (DW)
• “Work on drafting statute of Association/Community stepped up” (Koha)
• Serbian List representatives visit Washington (media)
• Serbian police still searching for missing reporter (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 June

By   1 week ago

• EULEX marks tenth year in Kosovo (Zeri)
• Veseli: European MPs support removal of visas for Kosovo (RTK)
• Rama: EU’s policy toward Kosovo is a great shame (RTK)
• Vetevendosje to sue government and court over salary increase (media)
• O’Connell: Zharku’s return as a free man, shameful (RTK)
• Constitutional Court to remain without decision-making powers (Zeri)
• Macedonian President turns down historic deal over name dispute (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 June

By   1 week ago

• Thaci: Dialogue to end in agreement embodying European values (Zeri)
• “Impossible consensus” (Zeri)
• Apostolova criticizes members of government (media)
• Time for new chapter in Kosovo’s relations with the UN (Epoka)
• European Parliament confirms visa liberalization (Epoka)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo aspires to become part of NATO (Zeri)
• Pacolli reports to Assembly’s foreign affairs committee (Zeri)
• Journalists’ Association reacts against attack on reporter in Pristina (Express)
• Athens, Skopje reach deal after 27-year row (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 June

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj: KSF transformation through Constitution, nearly impossible (media)
• Constitutional Court rules in favour of government’s pay raise (dailies)
• Hoti: We will prevent implementation of pay raise decision (Bota Sot)
• EC: Final visa liberalisation criteria still under review (Zeri)
• Hoxha: European agenda needs to be implemented by September (Zeri)
• Haradinaj called to accountability for Prizren incident (Koha/Insajderi)
• Djuric meets UN officials, expresses concern over Pristina statements (Klan K.)
• Sahatcija: It is time for UNMIK to conclude its mission in Kosovo (Bota Sot)
• Rohan: Today, I would add ‘advising’ to the Association of Municiplaities (RTK)
• Vetevendosje initiates bill for trying war crimes in absentia (Zeri)
• Hoxhaj: Kosovo borders are untouchable and unchangeable (Epoka)
• Kosovo hopes to join Parliamentary Assembly of Francophonie (dailies)
• Tahiri: Illegally-obtained wealth will be confiscated (Epoka)

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    The fault in our textbooks (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 days ago

    By: Plator Gashi Gender-based violence and inequality are no news in Kosovo, but perhaps we need to look back to our children’s school books to find the culprit. See at: https://prishtinainsight.com/the-fault-in-our-textbooks/

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    No room for maneuver (Prishtina Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    Bodo Weber, senior associate with the Democratization Policy Council, writes in an op-ed that the EU, Serbia and Kosovo need to “get their act together” as the new stage of dialogue for normalisation of relations leaves n”no room for maneuver”. Weber argues that there are two possible outcomes from the negotiations process: either a major […]

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    Why we need to stabilise the Western Balkans (EurActiv)

    By   1 month ago

    Martina Larkin, head of Europe and Eurasia and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, writes that as Europe is confronted by different visions about its future, the question is how these visions will affect the Western Balkans. Larkin argues for the need to ensure a sustainable, long-term development of the […]

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    Columnist Zoran Pavic: Vokrri (Danas)

    By   1 month ago

    By Zoran Pavic No, it is not true that the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo banned a football game of humanitarian character in Gracanica between the same club and the Red Star from Belgrade, although he had given himself an important role in the past days. First of all because it sounds more than […]

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    Kosovo’s Medicus Case: Bad Omen for Rule of Law (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles Six years of efforts to deliver justice were wasted when the defendants convicted in the Medicus organ-trafficking case were inexplicably sent for retrial, says a judge who served on the original trial panel. On April 17, the European Commission released its lengthy and detailed report on Kosovo for 2018. As a […]

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    Visa liberalization or fighting elite crime? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Andrea Lorenzo Capussela Kosovars should choose for themselves whether fighting corruption is more important than the privilege of travelling without visas to the EU. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/visa-liberalization-fighting-elite-crime/  

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    Are we nearing the end of Kosovo’s isolation? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Aidan Hehir It is essential to note that the border deal does not now make visa free travel inevitable, but we can only hope that the EU does not make corruption an excuse to legitimize the status quo. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/nearing-end-kosovos-isolation/    

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    “Ghost Court” Delays Justice for Kosovo War Victims (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles After years of delays, the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague still hasn’t yet started work on prosecuting alleged perpetrators, prolonging the anguish of war victims’ families, says judge Dean B. Pineles. Full article available at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ghost-court-delays-justice-for-kosovo-war-victims-03-19-2018  

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      Pacolli: Liberia has not withdrawn recognition (media)

      By   15 hours ago

      Kosovo’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Behgjet Pacolli, has rebutted the news coming from Serbian officials that Liberia has withdrawn recognition of Kosovo. Pacolli said he has had a telephone conversation with Libera’s senior officials who according to him, confirmed that this state has not changed its position toward Kosovo. “Therefore, it is to regret that […]

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      UNHCR refutes Jevtic’s statement about 200,000 IDPs from Kosovo (Koha)

      By   15 hours ago

      The paper reports on page two that Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister Dalibor Jevtic has joined statements by Belgrade officials saying that there are 200,000 Serb IDPs that cannot return to Kosovo. The Kosovo government did not comment on Jevtic’s remarks, but they were refuted by the UNHCR Office in Kosovo. The latter told the paper […]

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      U.S. Ambassador Delawie meets Vetevendosje leader Kurti (media)

      By   15 hours ago

      The United States Ambassador in Pristina, Greg Delawie, met on Wednesday with Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti in a tete-a-tete meeting, which according to Koha Ditore is the first of its kind. A press release issued by Vetevendosje after the meeting quoted Kurti as saying that they discussed the functioning of Kosovo’s institutions in line with […]

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      Delawie: 2018, a year of success in dialogue with Serbia (RTK)

      By   15 hours ago

      The U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie expressed optimism with regard to the results of Pristina – Belgrade dialogue, mediated by the European Union. “The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci, will continue their work on comprehensive normalisation phase of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue, take stock of existing agreements, inform […]

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      LDK: We do not support Thaci leading dialogue with Serbia (Kosova Sot)

      By   15 hours ago

      Deputy leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Ismet Beqiri, said the party has not changed its position in opposing President Hashim Thaci leading the dialogue for normalisation of relations with Serbia and that the comparison Thaci made between the time when he as opposition representative joined the talks on Kosovo status led by […]

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      Kurti calls on Haradinaj to resign, claims Thaci is not competent to lead dialogue (Telegrafi)

      By   15 hours ago

      Vetevendosje has called on Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to resign citing lack of progress in ‘correcting’ the border demarcation with Montenegro in line with the report prepared by the government commission led by Shpejtim Bulliqi. The party leader, Albin Kurti, said three months have passed since the Assembly ratified the border demarcation agreement and no […]

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      Thaci: Kosovo communities are a value for Kosovo (RTK)

      By   15 hours ago

      The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci hosted on the Day of the Memorial Day of Egyptian Community a delegation of this community led by Kosovo Assembly MP from this community, Veton Berisha, who is also leader of the Liberal Egyptian Party. On this occasion Thaci said that communities of Kosovo are a value for Kosovo […]

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      Apostolova: Government’s pay raise decision to be suspended (Koha)

      By   15 hours ago

      Head of the EU Office in Kosovo, Nataliya Apostolova, said in a statement to the press that the decision to increase the salaries of the government employees needs to be suspended pending the approval of the new law on salaries. “On 12 June, the Government reinstated its decision to grant an ad hoc salary increase […]

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        Office for KiM: Falsified statistics cannot be concealed (RTS, Tanjug)

        By   14 hours ago

        International organizations whose job is to enable the return of internally displaced persons from Kosovo and Metohija to their places of origin, failed in every sense, and there is no falsified statistics and methodology that can conceal this fact, Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija said in a written statement. “We urge both Pristina […]

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        Opposition demands resignation and accountability of Prime Minister Brnabic (Danas)

        By   15 hours ago

        Based on Constitution of Serbia and its laws, the statement Ana Brnabic made to German daily “Velt” that Kosovo was Serbia and if Serbia would continue insisting Kosovo belongs to it a compromise would have not been possible, equals to an act of a high-treason, in particular if it is a Prime Minister of a […]

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        Dittmann: It is not true Germany wants to replace Mogherini (BETA, KIM Radio)

        By   16 hours ago

        German Ambassador to Serbia, Axel Dittmann said his country supports the meeting of Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci on Sunday, since resolving relations with neighbours, in addition to reforms, modernization and the rule of law, are EU requests towards Serbia, BETA news agency reported. Responding to a question on the possibility that a special negotiator […]

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        Vucic: If those are Albanian attitudes, we should not waste time on continuing the dialogue (Danas)

        By   18 hours ago

        Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said, on the statements given by Kosovo’s representatives regarding the continuation of the dialogue, that he told the representatives of the European Union that, if those are Albanian attitudes then one should not waste the time on going to Brussels to continue the dialogue, reports Belgrade based daily Danas. Danas daily […]

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        Djuric: We are going to Brussels to fight for Serbia (RTS)

        By   19 hours ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric point out to Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), on the withdrawal of the recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Liberia, it is important that Serbia continues to fight for its positions. “This is not the first country to withdraw the recognition of Kosovo’s independence, it has […]

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        Frozen conflict “no solution for Kosovo” (B92)

        By   20 hours ago

        Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated on Wednesday that a long-term solution to the normalisation of relations with Pristina is in the interest of Serbia. This is also true of all Serbs and non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija, rather than a frozen conflict, the government cited her as saying. Answering to questions of reporters in Smederevo, […]

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        Liberia revokes recognition of Kosovo (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        Liberia has revoked its recognition of Kosovo’s independence, B92 learned on Wednesday. This is not the first country to do so – previously this was done by Suriname, Sao Tome and Principe, and Guinea- Bissau. Exactly how many countries currently recognize Kosovo remains unknown – considering that the number cited by Belgrade differs from that […]

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        Djuric on Thaci: Wrong calculations of some…. (Tanjug, RTS)

        By   2 days ago

        What Thaci is saying clearly indicates some think it would be sufficient to bring a delegation from Serbia and President Vucic to the table in Brussels and get it all, Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Marko Djuric told Tanjug news agency. Djuric made these remarks as a reaction to Thaci’s statement that […]

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          Macedonia Deal Heightens Pressure on Serbia, Kosovo – Experts (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          Balkan watchers say Serbia and Kosovo will be under more pressure to resolve their dispute now that Greece and Macedonia have terminated their own decades-long disagreement. Diplomatic and Balkan experts say the announced solution to the Macedonia-Greece “name” dispute will add to the pressure on the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to finally solve their […]

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          Serbian Government Launches NATO Bombing Probe (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Serbia’s health and environment ministries agreed to begin a state-sponsored investigation of the alleged effects on public health caused by the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Serbian Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar and Environment Minister Goran Trivan signed an agreement on Tuesday to start the state-sponsored investigation of alleged damage caused by the NATO air […]

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          Hague Court Urged to Probe Journalists’ Deaths in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          The European Federation of Journalists adopted a resolution urging a new Hague-based court to investigate killings and disappearances of ethnic Albanian and Serb journalists connected to the Kosovo conflict. The European Federation of Journalists, EFJ adopted a resolution jointly proposed by Serbian and Kosovo journalists’ associations on Thursday calling for an investigation into the murders […]

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          Kosovo-Serbia status remains biggest challenge in Balkans – EU envoy (EURACTIV)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Normalising relations between Kosovo and Serbia is “the most complicated process in the Balkans at the moment”, according to the head of the EU’s office in Pristina. But both sides need steady encouragement from the international community to reach a final solution and progress towards EU membership.  Kosovo, one of the six Western Balkan states […]

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          Kosovo feels threatened by jihadists returning home from war zones (inquirer.net)

          By   2 weeks ago

          One of Europe’s smallest countries, Kosovo has produced more than its fair share of battle-hardened jihadists whom it is now trying to rehabilitate after their return home from Syria and Iraq. The fear is, however, that holding and isolating them in prison may only make the problem worse. “Religious sects are better organized than the […]

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          Kosovo: The mysterious murder of Oliver Ivanovic (Al Jazeera)

          By   3 weeks ago

          Who killed Oliver Ivanovic, a prominent Kosovo Serb politician speaking up against organised crime and for reconciliation within Kosovo independence? A decade ago, the small Balkan state of Kosovo declared independence from neighbouring Serbia after a long and bloody struggle for national self-determination. When it was suggested in late 2017 that I might produce a […]

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          Event Showcasing Kosovo Culture Opens In Belgrade Amid Nationalist Protests (RFE)

          By   3 weeks ago

          A culture festival named the Mirëdita, Dobar dan — or “good day” in Albanian and Serbian — opened in Belgrade’s Center for Cultural Decontamination on May 30 despite attempts by ultranationalists to disrupt it. The festival, organized for the first time five years ago, presents Kosovo’s contemporary cultural scene to a Belgrade audience through theater […]

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          Kosovo Women Take Aim at Wikipedia Gender Imbalance (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 weeks ago

          Kosovo women who took part in a ‘Wiki Edit-a-Thon’ in Pristina pledged to increase female influence on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, most of whose entries are written and edited by men. Drita Berisha, one of 25 mostly young women from Kosovo who participated in a one-day workshop called the ‘Wiki Edit-a-Thon’ in Pristina on Tuesday, told […]

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