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UNMIK Headlines 22 July

By   21 hours ago

• Hoxhaj: Kosovo has ensured votes for UNESCO and INTERPOL (Zeri)
• Haradianj calls on Mustafa and Pacolli for support (RTK)
• Mustafa: No loyal LDK MP would vote Haradinaj (RTK)
• Delawie meets Kurti and Konjufca (RTK)
• Mogherini speaks in Greece about Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (Koha)
• Vetevendosje announces internal elections (RTK)
• Delawie: Government should be formed by people voters elected (TV Herc, RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 July

By   2 days ago

• Thaci’s meeting to go ahead even without LDK and Vetevendosje (Indeksonline)
• Hoxhaj: PAN to form institutions next week (Zeri)
• Hoti: Thaci responsible for the delays (Lajmi)
• Matoshi: Haradinaj talking to people from LAA and Vetevendosje (Koha)
• Molliqaj: We would govern even with PDK, but not with this one (RTK)
• Bahtiri: We will not go with PAN (Bota Sot)
• Arrests for the Special Court to be executed by Kosovo Police (BIRN, Lajmi)
• “Foreign Ministry, family business” (Koha Ditore)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 July

By   3 days ago

• Thaci’s “delaying” consultations (Koha Ditore)
• Sejdiu: AKR is not joining PAN (Zeri/Kallxo)
• Berisha: PAN offered LDK prime minister’s post (Telegrafi)
• Rakic: We will consult Belgrade about everything (Lajmi)
• Pence: Pristina Belgrade dialogue should continue (Blic/Lajmi)
• Hoxhaj: Kosovo has votes for UNESCO and Interpol (RTK)
• U.S. State Department report: Islamist extremism growing in Kosovo (Lajmi)
• Mitrovica North does not implement Kosovo laws (Lajmi)
• President Thaci offers KSF’s help to countries battling fires (RTK/Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 July

By   4 days ago

• Thaci to call meeting of political leaders (RTK)
• PAN making efforts to secure votes for Assembly speaker (Koha Ditore)
• Hoxhaj: Government to be created by PAN with a few MPs (Epoka)
• No new institutions this week either (Zeri)
• Selimi: If they have the numbers, let them call the constitutive session (Epoka)
• Delawie: Fate of missing persons should be determined (Zeri)
• Specialist chambers deny meetings with Serbian President Vucic (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 July

By   5 days ago

PAN’s game with numbers (Koha Ditore)
MPs’ holidays delay Assembly’s constitutive session for 27 July (Epoka)
Vetevendosje and LDK officials meet (Klan Kosova)
Hoti: We neither buy nor sell our citizens’ votes (Bota Sot)
LDK’s MP suggests a broad-based government (Klan Kosova)
Kusari-Lila against Pacolli’s idea of a broad-based government (Koha)
Simic: Serbian List has not decided on eventual coalition yet (RTK)
Rakic elected Serbian List leader (Kosova Sot/Epoka e Re)
Hyseni: Kosovo to join Interpol in September (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 July

By   6 days ago

• Quint: We will work with any legally-constituted government (Bota Sot)
• PAN keeps names of MPs secret until Assembly session day (Koha)
• Viets: Kosovo needs a stable government (Zeri)
• Ahmetaj: We risk losing €70 million if we delay government creation (Epoka)
• Serwer: Serbia to recognize Kosovo before joining EU (Koha)
• “Two Croatian generals involved in KSF transformation” (Kosova Sot)
• Montenegrin minister: We will not fight against Kosovo (Bota Sot/Lajmi)
• “Kosovo should condition Regional Economic Zone with recognition” (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 July

By   1 week ago

Headlines – 15.07.2017 Mustafa: Government that would rely on few MPs, pitiful (Zeri/RFE) Delawie: Kosovo’s at a turning point (Koha/ RFE) Pacolli proposes broad-based government (Zeri) Kosovo official alarms authorities of special court’s activity (Koha Ditore) Ambassador: President Erdogan could soon visit Kosovo (Zeri)  Kosovo Media Highlights Mustafa: Government that would rely on few MPs, […]

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UNMIK Headlines 14 July

By   1 week ago

• Assembly session to be held by Wednesday, at the latest (Zeri)
• Non-Serb communities demand ministerial posts (Kallxo)
• Ymeri: Border demarcation to be discussed with Podgorica authorities (RTK)
• Vetevendosje’s Kurti says PAN could form new government (Lajmi/Periskopi)
• Ahmeti: Internationals may ask Thaci to grant mandate to VV-LAA (KTV)
• Special court goes on summer leave (Koha)

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    Kosovo lurches to nationalism as Brussels lets down its friends (EurActiv)

    By   1 month ago

    Denis MacShane, former UK Minister for the Balkans, writes in an op-ed that elections in Kosovo have produced a result that shows the spectre of ultra-nationalism and populist rejection of Europe is not the exclusive property of Donald Trump and Europe’s nationalist-populist ideologues. http://bit.ly/2ttUfxy

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    Advice to the diplomats of Prishtina (Pristina Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    Unsolicited advice to Prishtina’s real elite huddling at the Arberia White House. Anguished and despairing, last night the diplomats bilateral and multilateral of Prishtina asked for my advice. I saw them this morning in the US embassy. This is what I told them. Advice to the diplomats of Prishtina

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    Kosovo Faces Dilemma If Ex-Warriors Cannot Form Govt (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    If the grand coalition led by former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters fails to form a new government, President Hashim Thaci must decide whether to award a mandate to the opposition or push for new polls. http://bit.ly/2rVRqYp

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    In Kosovo, too, there’s a future for a leftist party of economic and social justice (The Guardian)

    By   1 month ago

    The UK is not the only country to have experienced a snap election in June. In Kosovo, a coalition between the Democratic party of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and the Initiative for Kosovo has finished in first place with 34% of the vote. A victory, but not enough to form a […]

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    Opinion: Nationalism wins in Kosovo elections

    By   1 month ago

    Two nationalist parties have emerged as winners in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections. This does not bode well for relations with neighboring states or the EU, writes DW’s Adelheid Feilcke. Whether you like or not, the reality in Kosovo is that large parts of the country’s population are frustrated, nationalist and hold radical political views. The results […]

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    Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    Bodo Weber from the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council writes in an op-ed for Balkan Insight that it is time for the West to come up with a master plan to counter the “feigning commitment” of leaders in Pristina and Belgrade towards the dialogue for normalization of relations. “The frequency of parallel elections in Kosovo and […]

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    What can be expected from Thaci and Veseli? (Zeri)

    By   2 months ago

    The paper’s editor-in-chief, Lavdim Hamiti, writes in an op-ed that only “naïve” members of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) could have believed in the sincerity of their now-former coalition partners, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). He says the PDK’s former leader, Hashim Thaci, and the present one, Kadri Veseli, have built their entire […]

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    Kosovo needs a new beginning (EurActiv)

    By   3 months ago

    Kosovo Assembly President and leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, writes in an op-ed ahead of the Western Balkans Six summit set to take place in July that in Kosovo too much time has been spent on the border demarcation with Montenegro and the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, although agreed […]

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      Vetevendosje would not vote Veseli for Assembly President (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Vetevendosje MP, Albulena Haxhiu, told Telegrafi that Kadri Veseli is a divisive figure and that he is not worthy for President of the Assembly of Kosovo. She added that the Assembly President should be a personality who represents unity. She also suggested to the Democratic Party of Kosovo to consider some other candidate who is […]

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      Indictment filed for Aggravated Murder of two UNMIK former officials (Koha.net)

      By   2 days ago

      Today, 21 July 2017, an international prosecutor of the Special Prosecution of Kosovo, has filed charges at the Department for Serious Crimes of the Basic Court in Pristina, against four defendants accused for aggravated murder of two UNMIK Officers and the attempted murder of two other UNMIK Officers occurred on 23 March 2004. “In this […]

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      Tahiri sends report to EU on implementation of Brussels agreements (Kosovapress)

      By   2 days ago

      Kosovo’s Minister for Dialogue, Edita Tahiri, has sent a report to European Union authorities on the process of implementation of agreements reached in the framework of normalization of relations dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. In the report, Tahiri accuses Serbia of “sabotage” and “blockades” and of “seriously failing” to fulfill its part of the agreement, […]

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      U.S. General Scaparrotti meets President Thaci (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, and KFOR Commander, Major General Giovanni Fungo, met in Pristina today Kosovo President Hashim Thaci. Thaci thanked NATO officials for support in maintaining peace in Kosovo and stressed that the Alliance’s role in Kosovo has been crucial not only for security and […]

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      Haradinaj receives support from late President Rugova’s family (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      PAN coalition’s candidate for prime minister and leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), Ramush Haradinaj, announced today that he has received the support from the family of late President of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova, for forming the new government of Kosovo. “Kosovo’s newest history is that of unity and trust among the […]

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      Vetëvendosje will not attend President Thaci’s meeting (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Vetevendosje will not take part in President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci’s meeting on Monday to discuss the timing of the Assembly’s constitutive session, said MP Albulena Haxhiu. Haxhiu said the meeting was “completely unnecessary”. “It would be better for the president of the country to call the constitutive session and not such meetings which are […]

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      Hoti: LAA coalition considering Thaci’s meeting invitation (RTK)

      By   3 days ago

      Candidate for prime minister from the LDK-AKR-Alternativa coalition (LAA), Avdullah Hoti, said the coalition representatives agreed on future actions.  “Citizens of Kosovo had their saying and I don’t believe there is a need to lose any more time for creating leading institutions and calling [Assembly’s] constitutive session as soon as possible”, Hoti said after the […]

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      U.S. General Scaparrotti to visit KSF tomorrow (Kosovapress)

      By   3 days ago

      Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO Allied Command Operations, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, is expected to visit the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) tomorrow and meet Commander Rrahman Rama. Yesterday, the U.S. General met in Belgrade Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and expressed NATO’s concern over the idea of transforming KSF into a Kosovo army without constitutional […]

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        US and Russia “vying for influence over Serbia”

        By   2 days ago

        US and Russia “vying for influence over Serbia” Moscow’s confirmation that it was considering delivering S-300 missile systems to Serbia – only 48 hours after Aleksandar Vucic left the US – is no coincidence. The Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti writes this on Friday, noting that the S-300 acquisition has been discussed with the Russians in […]

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        Pristina admits: Quarter of citizens in Kosovo are Serbs (Sputnik)

        By   2 days ago

        Irregularities the international community noted during the extraordinary parliamentary elections in Kosovo, made Pristina enable Serbs to get the Kosovo documents, that would significantly increase the number of Serb voters in Kosovo, Sputnik reported. Number of around100.000 Serbs who had the right to vote in the concluded extraordinary elections in Kosovo, could double following the […]

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        This is what Srpska Lista will not negotiate about (Sputnik)

        By   2 days ago

        Srpska Lista will not join the Pristina government at all costs, nor will it stay there. In expectation to form the Kosovo Assembly, verify MPs’ mandates and elect the Assembly Speaker, Srpska Lista that enters the Kosovo Assembly as a political party, has clear goals, it knows what it will not accept, Sputnik reported. Sputnik […]

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        Kosovo movie festival – without single Serbian movie (KIM Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        The movie “Sporazum” (Agreement) was not shown at the Kosovo movie festival “PriFest, while Serbs in Kosovo are treated as second class citizens, stated movie director Predrag Radonjic, KIM Radio reported. Sporazum is the only movie filmed completely in Kosovo, after 1999 and so far was presented in the official selection of domestic movies at […]

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        Slobodan Petrovic: All Serbia’s Kosovo politics are party-driven (Blic)

        By   2 days ago

        Depending on circumstances and momentum of the Serbian Government attitude towards Kosovo, Slobodan Petrovic, founder of the Autonomous Liberal Party (SLS) sometimes is depicted as a patriot and sometimes as a traitor, Blic daily reports today. In any case, Petrovic was a politician who realized on time that concrete things for the Serb community could […]

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        Oliver Ivanovic: Thaci in parallel reality, Kosovo independent to extent Serbia agrees with (Tanjug, Novosti, Kontakt Plus Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Oliver Ivanovic, leader of the Civic Initiative Freedom, Democracy, Justice (GISDP) commented on statements Hashim Thaci made yesterday saying that “historic agreement” would be reached between Serbia and Kosovo “by recognizing reality.” Ivanovic called these remarks nice phrases, typical for the Albanian side, Serbian media reported. The reality of Hashim Thaci, in what 99 percent […]

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        Thaci: Historic agreement on reconciliation by “recognizing reality” (Tanjug, B92, Kontakt Plus Radio)

        By   3 days ago

        Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in an interview to Tanjug stated he believes a historic agreement on normalization of relations and reconciliation between Kosovo and Serbia would soon happen, and its aim it to “recognize reality.” “This may be popular neither for me, nor for the President Vucic, but it would be good for Kosovo and […]

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        Vulin: No other army in Kosovo than KFOR (BETA, B92)

        By   3 days ago

        Serbian Defense Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, stated KFOR is the only institution that Serbia holds responsible for securing and preserving peace and security in Kosovo, Serbian media reported. Vulin made these remarks during the meeting with Commander of NATO Operations Command, General Curtis Scaparrotti. “There is no other army in Kosovo and Metohija than KFOR. This […]

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          Vucic Named Bytyqi Murder Suspect, Alleges Family (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Three sources told BIRN that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that former high-ranking police officer Goran ‘Guri’ Radosavljevic was responsible for the killings of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in 1999. http://bit.ly/2tm1JmG

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          Prizren Docufest Transforming Kosovo Film, Director Says (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          Ahead of Kosovo biggest cultural event, Dokufest director Veton Nurkollari told BIRN that the Prizren film festival was raising the game for Kosovo cinematography The 16th International Documentary and Short Films Festival in Prizren, Dokufest, will screen a total of 253 films in the southern city of Kosovo from August 4 to 12 under the […]

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          Kosovo War Court President Promises Impartial Justice (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          The president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, Ekatarina Trendafilova, told BIRN the new court has no ethnic bias, will protect its witnesses from intimidation and deliver justice impartially and independently In her first interview as president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, judge Ekatarina Trendafilova told BIRN that the newly-established Hague-based institution that will try former […]

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          Controversy Lingers in Kosovo Over Long Awaited Mosque

          By   5 days ago

          After years of delay, the assembly of the capital of Kosovo looks set to give the go-ahead to the construction of a new ‘Central Mosque’ – despite the objections of civil society groups. A key item on the agenda of the city council in Pristina, Kosovo, on July 25 is the future of the city’s […]

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          Kosovo Serbs MPs Mull Likely Partners in Parliament (Balkan Insight)

          By   6 days ago

          As Kosovo’s political parties jostle for the right to form the next government, the country’s ethnic Serbian MPS have yet to decide which coalition or party to support. http://bit.ly/2uukfN2  

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          The EU must show the Balkans they still have a chance of joining (The Economist)

          By   1 week ago

          Europe’s inner courtyard is drifting towards crime and authoritarianism http://econ.st/2sWwAWU

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          Jeremic: Democracy in the Balkans is under siege, and the West is looking away (The Washington Post)

          By   1 week ago

          Events in the Western Balkans twice cast a long shadow across Europe in the past century — first in 1914 and then in the 1990s. Both times, the forces unleashed by the carnage could not be contained within the existing international order. And in both instances, proffered solutions failed to resolve the underlying tensions that […]

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          A look at the bystander effect and whether the law can increase interventions (Kosovo 2.0)

          By   1 week ago

          Almost two weeks ago, a very unfortunate event happened in the city of Gjilan/Gnjilane. An elderly man passed away as a result of his weak health, high temperatures and lack of people willing to stop and help him. The tragedy was afterwards followed by anger, despair and outbursts that took place mainly on social media. […]

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