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Headlines 24 February

By   1 day ago

Apostolova: Rule of law, SAA foundation (Zeri)
Delawie condemns threats of MPs on demarcation (Bota Sot)
Mustafa: I am ready to face those who oppose demarcation (Tribuna Channel)
Hoxhaj: EU should reward Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
Five persons charged for attack on Turkish consulate in Prizren (dailies)
Bota Sot: KFOR’s list of SHIK members

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Headlines 23 February

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• Quint countries support ratification of demarcation (Zeri)
• Kosovo-Montenegro border residents warn of tensions (Koha Ditore)
• Selimi: Border demarcation could return teargas in Assembly (Zeri)
• Veseli on meeting Trump: We sent message to Serbia (Lajmi)
• Auditor identifies abuses in the north’s development fund (Koha Ditore)
• Kosovo, UNESCO and Serb heritage to be discussed today in Pristina (RTK)
• Two Serbs accused of assaulting an Albanian youth in Mitrovica (dailies)
• Lumezi requests prosecutors to enlighten murders of public figures (Epoka)

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Headlines 22 February

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• General Scaparrotti: KSF transformation, Kosovo’s internal issue (dailies)
• Haley: Kosovo deserves to be UN member (Epoka e Re)
• Border demarcation could be put to vote on Thursday (Klan Kosova)
• Veseli: Demarcation to be endorsed as soon as possible (Lajmi)
• Government hails findings of commission for territory measurement (RTK)
• Mogherini to visit Kosovo on 3 March (Koha)
• Serbia seeks Greece’s help against Kosovo’s UNESCO membership (Koha)

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Headlines 21 February

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• Fajon: Vote against demarcation to delay visa liberalisation (Koha Ditore)
• The only geographer at State Commission for Demarcation resigns (dailies)
• Haxhiu warns of tensions if demarcation is resubmitted to Assembly (Koha)
• AAK: Government behavior, dangerous (Epoka e Re)
• “Demarcation unjustly imposed as condition for visa liberalisation” (Epoka)
• MEP Fajon meets Serbian List leader Simic (Zeri)
• Hoxhaj: Croatia, important partner for Kosovo (dailies)

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Headlines 20 February

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• Thaci: Kosovo fulfills conditions for Interpol membership (Epoka e Re)
• Thaci urges Spain to recognise independence of Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
• Mustafa: Border is defined by argument, not teargas (Epoka e Re)
• U.S. requests unity on the matters of national interest (Epoka e Re)
• Albania calls for a “reevaluation” of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Koha Ditore)
• Serbia keeps hostage €2 billion of Kosovo pensioners (dailies)
• Hoxhaj informed Zannier about the achievements in Kosovo (dailies)

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Headlines 18 February

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• Lunacek: Ratify demarcation and travel freely (Lajmi)
• Thaci meets Mogherini at the Munich Security Conference (Lajmi)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns removal of Turkish flags in Prizren (Lajmi)
• “At the time of major doubts, trust in Kosovo” (Lajmi)

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Headlines 17 February

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• Thaci: Unite in the interest of our state (media)
• Veseli: Our state was created with allies, we’ll form army with them (RTK)
• Mustafa: Association will not be created if Serbs don’t show interest (Lajmi)
• Delawie: Dialogue must continue (Koha)
• Avramopoulos: Demarcation will bring visa liberalisation (Tribuna Channel)
• Demarcation could soon be returned to the Assembly (Gazeta Metro)
• Haradinaj: No one in the Balkans can play games with Albanians (RTK)
• “New Customs director and the British company are illegal” (RTK)
• Shots fired at police officer’s home in Mitrovica (media)

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Headlines 16 February

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• Thaci: Kosovo has made remarkable progress in nine years (Epoka e Re)
• Veseli: We can go to elections only with an agreement (media)
• Papadopoulou: Kosovo must prosecute crimes outside Special Court (Koha)
• Assembly endorses European Reform Agenda (dailies)
• Kurti: Serbia is trying to create another Bosnia in Kosovo (media)
• Konjufca: Intelligence chief did not resign but was dismissed (Zeri)
• Albanian PM talks about joint embassies with Kosovo (Koha)
• Albania, Croatia write to NATO about Serbia’s threats to Kosovo (Telegrafi)

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    Opinions View All →

    In Spite of Peace (Pristina Insight)

    By   3 weeks 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)

    By   4 weeks ago

    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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    Brussels dialogue continues amid increased tensions (KOSOVO 2.0)

    By   1 month ago

    KOSOVO 2.0 has published an opinion piece by Eraldin Fazliu who notes that after weeks of tense relations between Kosovo and Serbia, both parties will today sit down in Brussels to continue the EU-mediated dialogue process. Discussions will take place at the highest level, with presidents Hashim Thaci and Tomislav Nikolic joining prime ministers Isa […]

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    Albanians are Reliable Allies (The Huffington Post)

    By   2 months ago

    David L. Phillips is Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. He served as a Senior Adviser for Regional Stability to the State Department’s Bureau for European Affairs (1999-2001) Greater security cooperation with Albania and Kosovo would augment Europe’s existing security architecture, and advance […]

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    Trump will not force the Russians to recognize Kosovo (Danas)

    By   3 months ago

    Experts estimate for daily Danas that the election of the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, unlikely leads to a radical change in foreign policy of Russia, including changing attitudes of Kremlin towards Serbia. Commenting on the recent statements of some Ukrainian officials that it is possible that Russia will recognize the independence […]

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    Demarcation, an invented and unjust condition for Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 months ago

    The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent, Augustin Palokaj, in an opinion piece today writes that the European Commission “looks ridiculous” when trying to justify why they have put the ratification of border demarcation agreement with Montenegro as a condition to Kosovo obtaining visa liberalisation. “In the European Commission’s documents, we can find many evidence that Kosovo is […]

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    What to expect in the Balkans (media)

    By   3 months ago

    Gazeta Metro and RTK carry an opinion piece written by the U.S. expert on Balkans, Daniel Serwer. He has written about the situation in Balkans after Donald Trump’s election for the U.S. President. Below find the complete opinion piece: Not much, in the first instance. It has now been a long time since a president of […]

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    The streets, elections, consensus (Koha Ditore)

    By   3 months ago

    Publicist Veton Surroi argues in an opinion piece that in the coming days, “we will be hearing increasing calls for the fall of the current government and the end of this governance. The opposition, including civil society, shoulder a burden that is bigger than focusing only on the end of this government. They need to […]

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      Thaci: Serbia planned annexation of Kosovo north (RTK)

      By   22 hours ago

      In an interview to Radio Sweden, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci said that Serbia had plans to annex the north of Kosovo but that they were thwarted by the actions of Kosovo institutions. He said the train Serbia tried to send to Kosovo was an attempt to provoke a situation to justify Serb attacks on […]

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      Experts claim Kosovo loses territory trough border deal (Klan Kosova/Telegrafi)

      By   22 hours ago

      A group of experts said today that the border demarcation agreement increases the territory of Montenegro by over 70 square kilometres to the detriment of Kosovo. “From 1945 to 2015, Montenegro has reported a territorial surface of 13,812km2 but following the signing of the agreement with Kosovo, this figure has increased to 13,882.44km2,” said Shpejtim […]

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      Government experts present their findings after measuring the territory (Lajmi.net)

      By   23 hours ago

      Tomorr Qela, representative of the government of Kosovo during the measuring of the territory of Kosovo, invited all those who have opposed the demarcation process, to go to the government hall where the material is exposed and then reach a conclusion. He added that the Commission has been absolutely transparent and monitored by the representatives […]

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      Assembly to discuss demarcation on 9 March (Lajmi.net)

      By   2 days ago

      Based on reliable sources, Lajmi.net reports that the Assembly session for ratification of the Agreement for border demarcation with Montenegro, will be held on 9 March.  “The European Union and the United States of America are requesting urgent ratification of the demarcation, because Kosovo has stagnated on the Euro-integration processes, concretely on visa liberalization,” the […]

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      Thaci: Montenegrins will be recognized by Constitution (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, hosted today a meeting with a delegation of the representatives of the Montenegrin community in Kosovo. Thaci stressed that Kosovo is home to all members of the communities who live there. “The Montenegrin community will be recognized also by the Constitution and it will have a seat at the […]

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      Thaci: Assembly to decide between free movement and isolation (Zeri)

      By   2 days ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said told German papers, Frankfurter Rundschau and Badische Zeitung, said that the decision on visa liberalisation is in the hands of Kosovo Assembly MPs and that to achieve this, they need to ratify the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. “This is the only condition that has not yet been met,” […]

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      Veseli: Border demarcation agreement to be ratified as soon as possible (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      President of the Kosovo Assembly, Kadri Veseli, told reporters that the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro needs to be passed as soon as possible. “The moment the government resubmits agreement for ratification of demarcation, we will immediately forward it to the Assembly,” Veseli said after the meeting of the Assembly presidency. Veseli announced that the […]

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      Elections in Serbia “block” the dialogue (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Authorities in Kosovo consider that there are great chances that the Presidential elections in Serbia this spring would affect not only Kosovo Serbs but also the process of the political dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. Officials of the government of Kosovo claim that election campaigns and incentive statements in Serbia “always affected Kosovo.” The Minister […]

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        UN sec-gen pledges to take action on journalist safety (B92)

        By   20 hours ago

        RSF and CPJ urged UN Secretary General António Guterres to take steps to address the urgent issue of safety of journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Secretary General Christophe Deloire and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Executive Director Joel Simon met with United Nations Secretary General António Guterres today to discuss the #ProtectJournalists campaign to […]

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        Thaçi: Kosovo is ready to cooperate with the Bosniaks (KIM radio)

        By   20 hours ago

        Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi met with the delegation of the Bosniak National Council of Sandžak, led by Sulejman Ugljanin. The meeting discussed the possibilities of cooperation and coordination between the Albanian community in the Preševo Valley and Bosniak in Sandžak, but also about improvement of their rights. Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi said that he was […]

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        On Thursday a decision on the Serbia’s request for the extradition of Haradinaj (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   21 hours ago

        The Court of Appeal in the French city of Colmar on Thursday, March 2, to announce in a public session a decision on Serbia’s request for the extradition of Ramush Haradinaj on suspicion that he committed war crimes in Kosovo, Tanjug learns from the court. The Court in Colmar has three options in its decision making, […]

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        Serbian language in Kosovo compromised by the institution (KIM radio)

        By   21 hours ago

        Most of central institutions in Pristina send invitations and announcements exclusively in Albanian language to Serbian media in Kosovo, thereby violating the Law on Use of Languages, according to which the Serbian language is one of the two official languages. Most of the documents issued by different departments are in incorrectly written Serbian language. Serbian […]

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        “Russia’s arming Serbia – Bulgaria has rearmament problems” (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        Former head of the Bulgarian national intelligence service, Kircho Kirov, thinks that Serbia is becoming “a regional military factor.” Beta agency reported this on Thursday, citing Kirov as saying that his country, as a NATO member, “has problems with its rearmament, while Serbia is receiving modern Russian combat equipment for free.” The tension between NATO […]

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        Tanasković: Turkey lobbies the most for Kosovo in UNESCO (KIM radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbian Ambassador to UNESCO Darko Tanasković says that Turkey is among the most agile countries that are lobbying for membership of Kosovo in UNESCO, adding that it is a part of their Neo-Ottomanism strategy. Tanasković says that this did not accidentally, because Serbia last few years is the most stable country in the region, i.e. […]

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        Parish house in the village Bostane robbed (KIM radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Unknown perpetrators robbed last night around 7.30 pm the parish house in Bostane, municipality of Novo Brdo/ Novobërdë and stolen close to 700 euros. Kosovo police conducted an investigation and the investigation is on-going.

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        Stojanović: The formation of ZSO a condition for the return of Serbs into the institutions (KIM radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Branimir Stojanović said that a legitimate reason for the return of Serbs to Kosovo institutions would be a clear will to begin with the formation of the Association/Community of Serb municipalities (ZSO), as agreed in Brussels. – So when we see a concrete and clear willingness to initiate the process of […]

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          Reality Check (BalkanInsight)

          By   19 hours ago

          Political crises frequently crowd out economic problems from the news agenda in the Balkans, but this week we bring a number of important economic and business themes to the usual mix of political and diplomatic intrigue from the region. Local and international observers of Bosnia are typically preoccupied with the country’s constant political crises, whether […]

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          Moscow is regaining sway in the Balkans (The Economist)

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          Aid, warplanes and propaganda convince Serbs that Russia is their friend http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21717390-aid-warplanes-and-propaganda-convince-serbs-russia-their-friend-moscow-regaining-sway

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          Kosovo Mulls Renewed Bid to Join UNESCO (Balkan Insight)

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          Following its failure to get enough votes from members of the UN cultural body in order to join in 2015, the Kosovo government is making preparations for a possible second bid this year. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-mulls-second-unesco-bid-02-23-2017

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          Macedonia Opposition Looks Closer to Forming Govt (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Macedonia’s Social Democrats look closer to forming a government after the key ethnic Albanian party hinted that it would reveal its decision on whether to support it by Friday. After a meeting on Wednesday night, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, confirmed that one key obstacle to backing a new opposition Social Democrat-led government – […]

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          Montenegro’s Djukanovic Says Russia Trying To Destabilize Balkans (RFE)

          By   2 days ago

          Montenegro’s former prime minister accused Russia of seeking to destabilize the Balkans following a thwarted attempt to overthrow Podgorica’s pro-Western government. http://www.rferl.org/a/28324004.html

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          Documentary Accuses Serbian Army Chief of Kosovo Crimes (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          Belgrade’s Humanitarian Law Centre released a documentary accusing the head of the Serbian Army, Ljubisa Dikovic, of involvement in war crimes in Kosovo and cover-up operations to hide the bodies. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/hlc-documentary-alleges-serbian-army-chief-for-kosovo-war-crimes-02-21-2017

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          Amnesty International: Kosovo and Serbia did not cooperate in finding people who have gone missing (Independent Balkan News Agency)

          By   3 days ago

          According to Amnesty International, human rights around the world are at risk due to politicians who use “toxic and inhumane” rhetoric against ethnic or religious minorities, with the scope of strengthening their position in power. In the annual report called “Situation of Human Rights in the World”, this organization says that over 1600 people remain […]

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          Balkans Struggling on Human Rights: Amnesty Report (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          All the Balkan countries are continuing to struggle with human rights issues, including dealing with war crimes and protecting refugees, says a new report by Amnesty International. The latest global report published by international campaign group Amnesty International on Wednesday said that all the Balkan countries continued to struggle with human rights protection in 2015. […]

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