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UNMIK Headlines 22 April

By   2 days ago

Hoyt discusses border demarcation with Mustafa (Koha)
Border demarcation to be put to Assembly next week (Koha)
Lekaj: No chance for demarcation to be passed next week (Gazeta Blic)
Limaj: Haradinaj, AAK and NISMA candidate for prime minister (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 April

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• Apostolova: Border demarcation not the only visa condition (Koha Ditore)
• PM Mustafa nominates Todosijevic for Minister (Lajmi/Bota Sot)
• Government silent on suspension of construction works in Mitrovica (Koha)
• Serbian List: None of us met Mustafa about army (Lajmi.net)
• Special prosecution files indictment on war crimes charges (Zeri)
• Decan historians threaten with blocking of roads (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 April

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After Rama, Thaci also threatens EU with national unification (RFE)
Albania-Kosovo unification threats come from frustrated leaders (Kosova Sot)
Thaci: Vote for border demarcation with Montenegro (Bota Sot)
EU Office: Apostolova’s remarks were misunderstood (RTK)
Haradinaj wants new elections: Population should not be tortured (Epoka)
Kurti strikes at politics’ ties with business (Koha Ditore)
Recica: Coalition is not matching as we thought (Lajmi)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 April

By   5 days ago

• Mustafa: Demarcation at the Assembly after having MPs’ votes (Epoka)
• Mustafa not sure who leader of Serbian List is (Koha)
• Meeting between Kosovo and Albania governments postponed (Klan Kosova)
• Toward elections with “traumatized” political parties (Koha)
• PDK MP: Elections if demarcation is not ratified (Lajmi)
• Serbian List: Government didn’t invite us to vote demarcation (Indeksonline)
• AAK and NISMA aim to win elections, don’t comment on coalitions (Epoka)
• Serbs are not to be convinced about the army (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 April

By   6 days ago

• Mustafa: Let us surpass ourselves on visa liberalisation (Epoka e Re)
• Thaci: We will sue Serbia for genocide soon (Epoka e Re)
• “Fresh elections in Kosovo to take place on 28 May or 4 June?” (Klan Kosova)
• Recica: If border demarcation fails, PDK ready for elections (Telegrafi)
• “Elections to be held in June, new government: PDK-AAK-NISMA” (Epoka)
• “North privileged by special employment law” (Koha Ditore)
• Fire at medical clinic in Mitrovica north (Klan Kosova)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 April

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Mustafa: Early elections are possible if demarcation fails (Radio Free Europe)
Veseli: Opposition parties cannot oust the government (media)
Asllanaj: PDK, LDK decide on future of ruling coalition (Epoka)
Heightened anti-terror security measures in southern Balkans (Lajmi)
Hoxhaj: Kosovo feels Russia’s heavy hand through Serbia (media)
Delawie: Adopt important laws to fight corruption (media)
Roundtable on transformation of KSF into Kosovo Army (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 April

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• Thaci meets Senator McCain (Lajmi.net)
• Gecaj: There is no room for misinterpretation of demarcation (Lajmi.net)
• Simic: All Serbian List MPs against the army (Klan Kosova)
• The U.S. Embassy: Heightened Caution During Religious Holidays (Lajmi, Klan Kosova, Telegrafi, Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 April

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• Germany expects full normalization with a binding agreement (Koha)
• Tanin: UN Security Council decides on UNMIK’s mandate (media)
• Association, hostage to problems within Serbian List (Radio Free Europe)
• Ahmetaj: No visa liberalization without demarcation (Zeri)
• Opposition parties to harmonize text of motion of no confidence soon (Epoka)
• Haradinaj: Some Serbian List MPs are not against Kosovo Army (Bota Sot)

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    Political and economic interests in media ownership are squeezing Kosovar journalism (Kosovo 2.0)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Abit Hoxha, a journalism researcher, writes in an op-ed that media ownership in Kosovo is still “very fluid” in terms of who owns what and how this translates into influence on journalism.  On one hand, you have the economic ownership whereby “business owners attempts to utilize media, not only as a business in itself but […]

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    60th EU birthday an incentive for a European Kosovo (Zeri, Klan Kosova)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Head of the EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative, Nataliya Apostolova, in an op-ed on the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome considered as the first step towards a united Europe, said that this time is an opportunity “not only to reaffirm our commitment to the values and objectives on which the European project […]

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    Unsolicited advice to Vetevendosje on the question of the army (prishtinainsight)

    By   1 month ago

    If the principle is established that the constitution can be breached when there is enough popular and political consensus about it, it will set a dangerous precedent for Kosovo. I address myself to Vetevendosje because talking to the other parties is, I think, pointless. The reason, if you allow me to replace a long explanation […]

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    Brussels’ Balkan approach: Little carrot, broken stick (EurActiv)

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    Shpend Ahmeti, mayor of Pristina and member of Vetevendosje general council, writes in an opinion piece for EurActiv that the people of Kosovo are losing patience with EU and are accusing it of prioritising Serbian accession over their own sovereignty. “The question is raised whether the EU still has something to offer to the Western […]

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    Kosovo state much more important than Thaçis complexion (dialogplus.ch)

    By   2 months ago

    Enver Robelli writes today in his opinion piece that Hashim Thaci’s and his dependents’ concerns, are not Kosovo’s concerns, therefore Pristina should coordinate with NATO, the U.S. and the EU with regards to the creation of the army. “This is where Kosovo’s irresponsible politicians such as Hashim Thaci and Kadri Veseli lead us to. Their […]

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    The new war of words in the Balkans (DW)

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    From Belgrade and Banja Luka to Pristina, politicians are again speaking of war and division. But they are the words of political losers, running out of arguments to justify their hold on power, writes Frank Hofmann. “If Belgrade tried to take Serbian dominated northern Mitrovica by force, then Albanian demonstrators would immediately take to the […]

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    In Spite of Peace (Pristina Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    Opinion piece by Nevena Radosavljevic. The much talked about wall in Mitrovica is supposed to be taken down today, but what will be the next excuse for politicians to rattle their sabres and bring up war? The walls of separation in Europe were torn down a long time ago. Berlin became one city already in […]

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    Palokaj: Who is the dialogue for? (Koha Ditore)

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    The paper’s correspondent from Brussels, Augustin Palokaj, writes in an opinion piece that the biggest mistake the EU is making while facilitating the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is by not allowing the parties to make comments on what they’ve been discussing in closed meetings. The lack of information about what exactly the parties have […]

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      Delawie: U.S. against imprudent discussions for unification (RFE)

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      The U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, assessed the statements for the possibility of unification of Kosovo with Albania, as “imprudent”. “The U.S. Government supports the sovereignty of Kosovo and Albania. We are against imprudent discussions for unification and exaggerated reactions towards such statements, which mine sustainability in the region,” Delawie said. His reaction came […]

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      Gecaj: Teodosijevic’s nomination, one more case of integration (Klan Kosova)

      By   3 days ago

      The decision of the Prime Minister, Isa Msutafa, to nominate Ivan Todosijevic on the duty of the Minister of Administration of Local Government, has raised many reactions. However, Mustafa’s adviser, Bajram Gecaj, said that the nominations should be seen as further integration of Serbs. Until yesterday, when he was nominated for the Minister, Teodosijevic, was […]

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      Court issues arrest warrant for Vetevendosje’s Albin Kurti (Koha)

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      Basic Court in Pristina has issued an arrest warrant for former Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti for failing to show up at the hearing in connection to use of teargas in Kosovo Assembly. A judge said that Kurti will be issued a detention measure. At the same time, Koha also reports that two Vetevendosje activists have […]

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      EU requests implementation of the constitutional decision on Decan/Decani land (Klan Kosova)

      By   4 days ago

      The European Union has expressed concern with regards to continued lack of implementation of the 20 May 2016 Constitutional Court ruling on the land dispute case in Decan/Decane. “Decisions by Kosovo’s highest legal authority are conclusive and must be implemented. The EU calls on authorities at all levels to demonstrate respect for the rule of […]

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      PM Mustafa to seek conditional visa liberalisation for Kosovo (RFE)

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      Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, will travel to Brussels next week where he is expected to present a new request regarding visa liberalisation for Kosovo. Mustafa is expected to urge the EU to grant Kosovo a type of conditional visa-free travel for a period of two years during which Kosovo would work on fulfilling […]

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      Mayor Bahtiri condemns recent incidents in Mitrovica (Telegrafi)

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      Mitrovica Mayor, Agim Bahtiri, has strongly condemned the recent incidents in both the southern and northern parts of the city saying they were happening at a time when the situation is generally calm and the interethnic relations are improving. He said the latest incidents targeting members of Serbian as well as Albanian communities were unacceptable […]

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      EU to Rama: Political interruptions breach neighborly relations (Lajmi)

      By   5 days ago

      The European Union has reacted to the statements of the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, saying that political interference breaches good neighborly relations. The Spokesperson of the European Commission, Maja Kociajancic, said that the region of Western Balkans has a clear European perspective, as confirmed recently by the European Council. “We work with all partners […]

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      Mustafa: Dialogue has produced positive results (RTK/Telegrafi)

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      Prime Minister of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa, said in a debate today on the fourth anniversary of the first Pristina-Belgrade agreements that the dialogue has produced positive results and has enabled Kosovo institutions to exercise control over the north and integrate Serbs into Kosovo institutions. Furthermore, Mustafa said, agreements reached in Brussels through the EU facilitation […]

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        Vucic: If I said ‘all Serbs in one state’ I’d hang from flagpole (B92, Tanjug)

        By   3 days ago

        PM and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic says the statements regarding a unification of Albania and Kosovo “will remain only in the realm of wishful thinking.” Vucic also asked their “protagonists” – i.e., Albanian PM Edi Rama and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci – “not to be publicly presenting something like this, because it does not contribute to […]

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        “EU must know: Greater Albania means great war in Balkans” (B92, Tanjug)

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        Pristina and Tirana have clearly stated that their goal is a Greater Albania – and that can only be done through a great Balkan war, says Aleksandar Vulin. According to this Serbian cabinet minister, “Brussels must be clear on all this.” “Pristina and Tirana have clearly said what their goal is, it is a ‘Greater […]

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        Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence (B92, Tanjug)

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        Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has “the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans.” In addition, Bushati says that Albania is “a bastion against Russia’s influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia.” However, he avoided replying when German Marshall Fund of the US President Karen Donfried […]

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        Rašić: The Prime Minister does not respect the agreement (KIM radio)

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        Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa does not respect the agreement that was made in Brussels, said MP of the Serbian List Nenad Rašić. Member of the Parliament of Kosovo Nenad Rašić said this commenting the statement of the Prime Minister Isa Mustafa that representatives of the Serbian List are not interested in forming a Community […]

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        Four years after the Brussels Agreement, ZSO not in sight (RTS)

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        It’s been four years since the signing of the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the normalization of relations. As the biggest success was seen the agreement on formation of the Community/Association of Serb municipalities (ZSO), that still does not exist. “I did not see recently readiness of Serbs, their representatives to proceed with the […]

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        Đurić held an emergency meeting with representatives of EULEX (TV Most)

        By   5 days ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić held an emergency meeting in Belgrade today with senior representatives of EULEX regarding the more frequent attacks on Serbs and open threats of violence that arrive from extreme political and religious circles in the province, stated the Office for KiM. Đurić has asked the international […]

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        EU reacts to Rama’s statement (B92, BETA)

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        The European Union has said that “political interference undermines the consolidation of good neighborly relations.” This was the organization’s reaction to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama saying that “a union” between Albania and Kosovo “cannot be ruled out” if EU membership prospects for the region fade. The statement was made for the Beta agency on […]

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        “If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

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        Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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          Kosovo MP Haradinaj Faces Ethnic Hatred Lawsuit (Balkan Insight)

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          A Kosovo NGO said it will file a criminal complaint against MP Daut Haradinaj for threatening that Serbs could be expelled from Kosovo if his brother, ex-PM Ramush Haradinaj, is extradited to Belgrade. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-mp-haradinaj-faces-ethnic-hatred-lawsuit-04-20-2017

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          Kosovo Indicts Ex-Policeman for 1999 War Crimes (Balkan Insight)

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          Kosovo’s Special Prosecution charged a former police reservist with committing war crimes against civilians in Vushtrri/Vucitrn and Mitrovica, including “brutal” killings, intimidation and theft. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-indicts-ex-policeman-for-1999-war-crimes-04-20-2017

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          Thaci Pressures Kosovo MPs on Border Deal (Balkan Insight)

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          As Kosovo President Hashim Thaci again urges parliament to ratify the controversial agreement on border demarcation with Montenegro, the issue may well decide the fate of the ruling coalition under Isa Mustafa. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/montenegro-border-deal-threats-kosovos-ruling-coalition-04-20-2017

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          Why did Putin oppose Clinton? Decades of American hypocrisy (The Washington Post)

          By   4 days ago

          When the U.S. intervenes abroad, we say it’s justified. When Russia does the same, we say it isn’t. We don’t know how effective Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts were to get President Trump elected. We don’t know whether leaked documents, disinformation campaigns, or actual Russian agents joined forces with Trump to sink Hillary Clinton. But […]

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          Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (politico.eu)

          By   6 days ago

          TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime Minister Edi Rama […]

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          War Justice Strategy for Kosovo Undermined by Divisions (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          A Kosovo government-backed working group set up to draft a national strategy for dealing with the wartime past has been troubled by divisions, disputes and failures to deliver, a new report says. Kosovo’s Inter-Ministerial Working Group on Dealing with the Past and Reconciliation (IMWG) has been working since 2012 on developing a National Strategy on […]

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          UN Urges Kosovo to Probe ‘Ethnic Cleansing Threat’ (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          After MP Daut Haradinaj threatened war and said Serbs could be removed from Kosovo if his ex-PM brother is extradited to Belgrade, the UN’s Kosovo mission urged the authorities to launch an investigation. “This weekend’s statement by a senior Kosovo parliamentarian, using hate speech to threaten ethnic cleansing, is unacceptable, and a cause for serious […]

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          CoE Commissioner for Human rights: Justice, social cohesion and media freedom remain top challenges in Kosovo*

          By   2 weeks ago

          The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks says that eighteen years after the end of the conflict, thousands of people are still denied justice in Kosovo. He states that it is high time to change course and to build a just and cohesive society. He lists as major conditions to achieve this, […]

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