UNMIK Media Reports View All →

UNMIK Headlines 24 July

By   3 hours ago

• Constitutional Court: Assembly session declared closed by Brovina (Koha)
• Ramadani and Arifi react: We are not meeting with PDK (Botapress)
• Five Provisional Government ministers to be accused of war crimes (Bota Sot)
• Serbian List blocks privatisation in Serb-inhabited areas (Koha Ditore)
• Shala: Surroi’s book has fascist and racist content (Botapress)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 23 July

By   1 day ago

• Proposal for construction of three bridges in Mitrovica (Tribuna)
• Haradinaj for talks with Vetevendosje, Vetevendosje ready for opposition (Koha)
• Coalition warns President Jahjaga (Lajm)
• US urge Kosovo parties to wait for Constitutional Court decision (Tribuna)
• The candidate, according to Constitutional Court ruling (Lajm)
• Pack: I believe they understood my message (Epoka e Re)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 22 July

By   2 days ago

• Investigations result in war crimes indictment (Koha)
• High-level indictments (Tribuna)
• Haradinaj: No return to point zero (Bota Sot)
• Vetevendosje doesn’t not exclude possibility of joining coalition (Bota Sot)
• Tahiri travels to Brussels (Lajm)
• Jablanovic: We voted for Mustafa to avoid elections (Lajm)
• Government leaves Mitrovica without a joint board (Koha)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 21 July

By   3 days ago

• EU diplomats: Thaci should accept that someone else has majority (Koha)
• Coalition’s two conditions for Vetevendosje (Tribuna)
• Williamson in Kosovo today? (Tribuna)
• Williamson will announce his findings in due time (Koha)
• Serbs to protest today in Zubin Potok (Lajm)
• No visas this year (Lajm)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 19 July

By   5 days ago

• Stability, Belgrade’s key interest in Kosovo (Zeri)
• Constitutional Court, last hope for PDK (dailies)
• Merkel: Forming of the new Kosovo Government, urgent issue (Zeri)
• Elections remain an option (Tribuna)
• Serb side delays request for a meeting on missing persons (Koha Ditore)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 18 July

By   6 days ago

• Isa Mustafa to face Constitutional Court (Tribuna)
• Krasniqi hands over duties to Mustafa (Epoka)
• Government a hostage to another Constitutional Court decision (Koha)
• PDK’s three disputed points (Tribuna)
• Bosch: Mustafa’s election as Assembly Speaker is controversial (Epoka)
• Haradinaj: We have insurmountable differences with Vetevendosje (Epoka)
• Selimi: We won’t support the government without an agreement (Epoka)
• Williamson to visit Kosovo on Monday (Koha)
• Gashi to Rakic: Do not politicize the issue (Tribuna)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 17 July

By   1 week ago

• Agreement before constitutive session (Koha)
• Assembly session could be cut short (Tribuna)
• Thaci calls on political parties to show maturity (Epoka e Re)
• Mustafa: I have the votes (Zeri)
• PDK yet to decide on candidate for Assembly Speaker (Zeri)
• President Jahjaga indifferent to developments in the Assembly (Zeri)
• Rakic: Park is a result of Albanians’ provocations (Tribuna, Kosova Sot)

Read More →

UNMIK Headlines 16 July

By   1 week ago

• Opposition doesn’t want Vetevendosje to lead dialogue (Koha)
• Americans and Germans against Vetevendosje in government (Zeri)
• Haradinaj: Minorities willing to enter partnership (Epoka e Re)
• President, speak up! (Tribuna)
• Diplomats to avoid Assembly’s constitutive session (Tribuna)
• Chancellor Merkel supports Kosovo in European integration (Tribuna)
• Jahjaga at summit of South-Eastern European business leaders (Bota Sot)
• Preparations underway for agreement between Mitrovica mayors (Koha)
• Tahiri: After 22 July the law will speak (Epoka e Re)
• Ministers and Zbogar meet Orthodox Church representatives (Tribuna)
• Albanians at UN HQ for FYROM protest (Kosova Sot)
• NATO supports Kosovo Security Force (Epoka e Re)

Read More →

Opinions View All →

The state or the power? (Tribuna)

By   1 day ago

Xhavit Haliti, member of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, claims that based on the developments after the elections, the constitutive session of the Assembly was expected to fail and it did. This proved clearly and publicly that the democratic game of elections in Kosovo, a six year state, not recognized by five EU countries and […]

Read More →

Abuse of public funds (Kosova Sot)

By   1 day ago

The front page editorial of this daily claims that both local and central institutions disregard the recommendations of the Office of the General Auditor. This year’s report, just as the one of the previous year, indicates hundreds of abuses. The fact that only 113 out of 425 recommendations were completely addressed, 109 only partially and […]

Read More →

Can Kosovo learn from Ukraine? (Koha Ditore)

By   2 days ago

Columnist Enver Robelli writes that many politicians in Ukraine today regret the decision (mediated by the international community) to hand over the nuclear weapons stationed there to the Moscow authorities in condition for Russia to accept and guarantee Ukraine’s independence, right after the disintegration of Soviet Union. There are many other issues that the Ukrainian […]

Read More →

Energy delays (Kosova Sot)

By   2 days ago

One of the most significant projects of Kosovo, power plant “Kosova e Re,” has been delayed once again. The bidders have requested more time to submit their offers however, due to Kosovo’s current political obscurity, the tender for the new power plant might have the same fate as the one for the Post Telecom of […]

Read More →

Walking towards Brussels (Kosova Sot)

By   3 days ago

The paper observes that the 78 day walking of four Kosovo men, from Gjilan/Gnjilane to Brussels, is just a symbolic effort to sensitize the European Union about the fact that Kosovo remains the only one in the region to need visas to travel to the EU. Compare to the neighboring countries, Kosovo institutions are requested […]

Read More →

The lonely “King” (Zeri)

By   3 days ago

Columnist Lavdim Hamidi claims that due to the limited political power at the Assembly, failure to elect the Assembly Speaker and form the government, the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Hashim Thaçi, is very much interested to lead Kosovo towards extraordinary elections in autumn. According to him, Thaci expects President of the […]

Read More →

In the hands of minorities (Kosova Sot)

By   6 days ago

Votes of minorities enabled leader of Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Isa Mustafa, to get elected as the Kosovo Assembly Speaker in a controversial session accompanied by verbal clashes between MPs. As a result, the way the Speaker was elected will be interpreted by the Constitutional Court, an institution which already ended the mandate of […]

Read More →

Little light across the jungle (Koha Ditore)

By   6 days ago

Enver Robelli writes about recent developments in the Kosovo Assembly and notes that yesterday’s session carried some important details that he further describes in the column. Isa Mustafa, says Robelli, got elected to the post of Assembly Speaker and regardless of how long he remains in this capacity, he needs to begin immediate changes to […]

Read More →

Articles from Kosovo media View All →

Tahiri: Mitrovica bridge will return to its function (Koha)

By   23 hours ago

The Office of the Prime Minister of Kosovo, namely its public information office, issued a press release today about the result of talks between delegations from Pristina and Belgrade in Brussels on the issue of barricades in Mitrovica. During the meeting, EU representative Fernando Gentilini confirmed the position of the EU that barricades must be […]

Read More →

No Government until end of August or early September (Gazeta Blic)

By   24 hours ago

Kosovo will remain without a government for at least a month and a half, sources said for Gazeta Blic and added that the Constitutional Court will reply to the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) in several days’ time. “In the best case scenario, it will be beginning of August when the president of the country […]

Read More →

PDK and AAK officials to meet today? (Indeksonline)

By   24 hours ago

Seeing that the Constitutional Court may suspend the election of Isa Mustafa as Speaker of the Assembly, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) led by Ramush Haradinaj seems to be turning to Thaci’s Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). Citing unnamed sources, Indeksonline reports that AAK and PDK officials will meet today in an […]

Read More →

Djuric: Albanians are not cooperating (Kosovapress)

By   24 hours ago

Marko Djuric, head of the Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo, said today that Albanians are not cooperating to help resolve the killing of several Serbs 15 years ago in the village of Gracka, near Lipjan/Lipjane. “The goal of this cowardly act was to expel Serbs from this village and from the municipality,” Djuric said during […]

Read More →

LDK-AAK-NISMA: All civil service recruitments in last six months will be reviewed (Gazeta Blic)

By   1 day ago

The coalition of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), issued a press release today saying that “the institutional vacuum created as a result of early elections and delays in establishing new institutions are seriously damaging public administration in Kosovo. Especially in […]

Read More →

Investigations into privatization of KEK distribution network (Gazeta Blic)

By   2 days ago

Law enforcement authorities are investigating the privatization of the distribution and supply network of the Kosovo Power Corporation (KEK). Sources in the EU Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which confirmed the investigations, said considerable material has been collected and that concrete results are expected. “Investigations are on the right track,” the source said. […]

Read More →

Serbian List recognizes Republic of Kosovo! (Telegrafi)

By   2 days ago

Serbian List, in order to qualify for taking part in 8 June elections, registered as a political entity with the Kosovo Central Election Commission (CEC) and ran in elections that were organised in accordance to Kosovo laws. To gain legitimacy, the new Kosovo MPs have to be sworn in during the first session of the […]

Read More →

Kosovo towards a technical government, Blerim Shala prime minister? (Indeksonline)

By   2 days ago

Kosovo needs to change its Constitution by September to enable the establishment of the Special Court. This is expected to lead the international community insisting that a new Kosovo government is formed as quickly as possible and be comprehensive. A government between the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) and Alliance […]

Read More →

Serb. Monitoring View All →

The Court for KLA crimes in the Netherlands (Danas)

By   2 mins ago

“I expect that based on the testimony of over 400 witnesses Clint Williamson collected enough information about the kidnappings, killings, and trafficking in organs, i.e., crimes committed since 1998 till 2000 against the Serbian and other non-Albanian victims,” says Serbian War Crimes prosecutor, Vladimir Vukcevic. He added that Williamson’s special team investigated trafficking in organs […]

Read More →

And Albanians know that I am innocent (Vecernje Novosti)

By   2 mins ago

MITROVICA – I am absolutely sure that I will prove that I am innocent, but until then I have to pay a high price, told Vecernje Novosti Oliver Ivanovic, one of the Serbian leaders in Kosovo, who is held in custody by the Kosovo authorities from 27 January. He thinks he’s still in prison because […]

Read More →

Community of municipalities “future of Serbs” (RTS,B92,Tanjug,Blic)

By   37 mins ago

BELGRADE — A community of Serb municipalities in Kosovo is entering a phase where its “fundamental establishment should finally begin,” says Marko Đurić. The director of the Serbian government office for Kosovo and Metohija pointed out that the formation of this future community, known in Serbian by its acronym “ZSO”, is closely associated with the […]

Read More →

Service to killed harvesters in Staro Gacko (IRS)

By   22 hours ago

In the village of Staro Gacko, near Lipljan in central Kosovo, the priests of the eparchy of Raska and Prizren have served the memorial service for 14 Serb harvesters who were killed in the field on July 23, 1999. Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric has stated that Serbia will be with […]

Read More →

Serbia facing new pressures from Brussels and USA; PM denies “language of ultimatums” (Dailies)

By   22 hours ago

Because of strained relations of Washington and Brussels to Moscow, Serbian Government expects additional pressure on Belgrade to join western sanctions against Russia.  The crash of Malaysian plane, for which West blames Moscow, probably will lead to new sanctions against Russia. UK will already on the today’s session of the council of the EU Foreign […]

Read More →

Williamson’s report on Tuesday, indictments in early 2015 (IRS)

By   22 hours ago

Clint Williamson, the chief prosecutor in the investigation about the trade in human organs of the abducted Serbs in Kosmet, will publish on Tuesday his report on the case in Brussels, and the indictments will be raised only after the forming of the special court, which is expected at the beginning of the next year, […]

Read More →

Serbian parties will support government under certain conditions (RTK2)

By   22 hours ago

Although still it is not in sight which party could form a new government of Kosovo, minority political parties put forward their demands, in return for the support to the future government. If it wants the support of the Serbian List, the future Kosovo government will have to make some concessions. “It is necessary to […]

Read More →

Two Serbs from Babin Most were sentenced to long prison terms (Kontakt plus radio, KiM radio)

By   23 hours ago

Two Kosovo Serb from Babin Most were sentenced to a total of 22 years in prison for committing a war crime against the civilian population. The Appellate Court in Pristina reversed the decision of Municipal Court in Mitrovica North and sentenced two Kosovo Serbs Jovica Dejanovic (54) and Djordje Bojkovic (72) to a total of […]

Read More →

International View All →

New Tribunal to Prosecute Kosovo Guerrillas in 2015 (Balkan Insight)

By   22 hours ago

23 Jul 14 The new Netherlands-based special court will launch its first cases against former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters for the wartime killings, deportations and abductions of Serbs next year. Marija Ristic BIRN Belgrade “We expect the court to be fully functional at the beginning of next year… There will be several former Kosovo Liberation […]

Read More →

Kosovo Guerrillas ‘Severely Beat Civilian Prisoner’ (Balkan Insight)

By   23 hours ago

23 Jul 14 A witness told the trial of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s ‘Drenica Group’ cell, accused of assaulting prisoners during the 1998-99 war, that her husband was beaten at a KLA jail. Behar Mustafa BIRN Mitrovica The protected prosecution witness identified only as ‘Witness K’ testified on Tuesday at the war crimes trial of […]

Read More →

The Problem with the Kosovo War Rape Petition (Balkan Insight)

By   23 hours ago

23 Jul 14 A campaign in Kosovo urging the UN to investigate wartime rapes shows the failure of local institutions to do anything themselves, highlights prejudiced attitudes towards victims and cannot bring justice. Hana Marku, Lura Limani Pristina The collection of signatures for a petition to pressure the United Nations to investigate rapes that took […]

Read More →

Kosovo Says More Recognitions Are in Sight (Balkan Insight)

By   2 days ago

22 Jul 14 Kosovo minister say two more states plan to recognise its statehood by September, though neither country has been named and such predictions have proved false in the past. Edona Peci BIRN Pristina Enver Hoxhaj, Kosovo’s outgoing Foreign Minister, said that two more countries planned to recognise its independence this summer. “I expect… […]

Read More →

Kosovo Wartime Organ-Trafficking Report Due Next Week (Balkan Insight)

By   2 days ago

21 Jul 14 An international task-force investigating alleged organ trafficking by Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas during the 1990s conflict will publish its long-awaited report next week. Edona Peci BIRN Pristina Clint Williamson, the lead prosecutor with the task force set up by the EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo to probe the alleged illicit organ trade, […]

Read More →

Kosovo Serbs Threaten to Quit Pristina’s Institutions (Balkan Insight)

By   2 days ago

21 Jul 14 Local leaders in the Serb-run north of Kosovo are threatening a collective resignation from Pristina-led institutions unless arrested Serbs are freed ahead of their trials. BIRN, Tanjug The Community of Serb Municipalities, which represents Serbs in the north, made its threat at a protest in the northern town of Zubin Potok on […]

Read More →

Kosovo expects findings of organ stealing investigation next week (Reuters)

By   2 days ago

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA Mon Jul 21, 2014 10:43am EDT (Reuters) – An EU-appointed task force will release its findings next week after an investigation into allegations that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas took body organs from Serb captives during the 1998-99 war, Kosovo’s justice ministry said on Monday. Its conclusions could cause waves in Kosovo, where […]

Read More →

Battle Over Speaker Delays New Govt in Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   3 days ago

21 Jul 14 With the election of a new speaker now before the courts, the President has had to delay the nomination of a new Prime Minister-designate. Edona Peci BIRN Pristina Following last week’s dramatic scenes in parliament over the vote for a new speaker, the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, has put back her […]

Read More →