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UNMIK Headlines 25 March

By   12 hours ago

“Internationals fear the prospect of spring elections in Kosovo” (Koha Ditore)
“Kosovo army to be set up through international coordination” (Kosova Sot)
“Decision on Serbian elections in line with Kosovo Constitution” (KP)
Gecaj: Association, demarcation and army will not be in one package (Zeri)
Haradinaj case: Serbian authorities submit replies to French court (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 March

By   2 days ago

“Thaci tones down Kosovo army rhetoric” (Koha Ditore)
Engel: U.S. should support creation of Kosovo’s army (Epoka e Re)
“Association, compromise for army and border demarcation” (Zeri)
Vucic: Pristina and Bosnia are playing with stability of the region (Lajmi)
Haradinaj: Process against me is a political game (RTK)
Forensic teams recover human remains from Prizren cemetery (RTK/RFE)
Hoca e Madhe/Velika Hoca residents prevent Serb election rally (Klan Kosova)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 March

By   3 days ago

• Thaci meets U.S. Ambassador, does not change position on army (RTK)
• FM Hoxhaj meets U.S. Secretary Tillerson (Epoka e Re)
• U.S. and NATO discuss Kosovo (Zeri/Bota Sot)
• Simic: Serbian election polls to open on Kosovo territory (Kosova Sot/Zeri)
• O’Connell: I would not vote for a party which supported criminals (Epoka)
• Special prosecution opens investigation against Minister Zharku (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 March

By   4 days ago

Kosovo army to be voted after presidential elections in Serbia (Zeri)
Kosovo government committed to establishing Association/Community (Zeri)
Hoxhaj receives U.S. support for new recognitions (Epoka e Re)
Molliqaj: With LDK in coalition, but without Isa Mustafa (Epoka e Re)
Media publish names of people in the “People’s Eye” assassination list
New “moratorium” on Trepca mining complex (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 March

By   5 days ago

• Thaci says he has full support of Kosovars to transform KSF (Koha)
• KSF draft law does not fall in opposition with EU legislation (Koha)
• Delawie, O’Connell say Association/Community to be formed this year (Zeri)
• Foreign Ministry sends verbal note to EU over bus attack in Serbia (media)
• Election campaign starts early (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 March

By   6 days ago

• Mustafa will not submit law on army without NATO and US consent (Koha)
• President Thaci insists on the army (Epoka)
• Thaci insists army to be formed in cooperation with internationals (Koha)
• Thaci: Internationals can convince Belgrade in 5 minutes (Epoka)
• Liberalization after demarcation and fight against corruption (Koha)
• Hoxhaj indicates new recognitions in New York (Koha)
• Vucic admits he cannot go to Kosovo without Pristina’s permission (Epoka)
• Recica: Dialogue suspended due to Serbia’s destructive actions (Epoka)
• Kosovo bus attacked in Serbia (Koha/Lajmi)
• Albanian and Serb doctors to meet in Mitrovica today (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 March

By   1 week ago

• Thaci believes 110 MPs would vote creation of army (Epoka e Re)
• An army with 8000 soldiers (Zeri)
• Three Ministries say yes to KSF draft law (Koha Ditore)
• COMKFOR: Situation in Kosovo stabile, NATO to decide on KSF (Lajmi)
• U.S. Embassy on the Law on Execution of Penal Sanctions (U.S. Embassy, media)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 March

By   1 week ago

• EU advises Balkans countries not to play with fire (Koha)
• Mustafa: Kosovo’s internal affairs will not be discussed with Serbia (Epoka)
• Rama speaks about Vucic-Mustafa arguments (Gazeta Metro)
• Fajon urges Kosovo institutions not to take unilateral actions (Kosova Sot)
• US supports KSF transformation through constitutional changes (Kosova Sot)
• Russia claims creation of Kosovo army is a dangerous step (Zeri)
• Haradinaj does not exclude coalition with PDK (TV Dukagjini)
• Serbia continues to fund its structures in Kosovo (Koha)

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

    By   2 days 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)

    By   2 weeks ago

    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 weeks 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)

    By   4 weeks ago

    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   2 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)

    By   2 months 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   2 months 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   3 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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      KCA registers former Yugoslav property under Kosovo ownership (Indeksonline)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo Cadastral Agency (KCA) announced that in accordance to the decision of the Kosovo government, it has registered under Kosovo ownership property originally registered under former Yugoslavia and Serbia. According to KCA, the immovable property in question can now be found in the Kosovo’s cadastral information system.

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      Hyseni hopeful of Kosovo joining Interpol by year’s end (Klan Kosova)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo’s Internal Affairs Minister, Skender Hyseni, said today he was hopeful of Kosovo gaining membership in Interpol by the end of the year. Hyseni made the remarks at the signing of an agreement with European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL) at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety in Vushtrri/Vucitrn.

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      Rasic considers Serbian List’s not bringing down Kosovo government , a defeat (Koha)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo Assembly MP from the Serbian List, Nenad Rasic said since PDK and LDK did not respect the agreement, the best thing would have been to bring down the government. “Perhaps this was our greatest defeat, because we did not manage to implement this policy in the field. We are now dealing with utopic politics, […]

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      Vetevendosje condemns assault on activist as “cowardly act” (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Vetevendosje has condemned last night’s attack on one of its activists, Agron Kabashi, as “a cowardly act by the criminal regime”. In a press conference today, Vetevendosje’s Dardan Molliqaj said Kabashi was beaten with metal bars by unknown persons and sustained injuries to his head, face and rest of the body. Molliqaj said the attack […]

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      Thaci: We will create armed forces and preserve international partnership (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said he is confident the government will submit to Assembly draft law on Kosovo Security Force transformation and reiterated that the creation of a Kosovo armed force is in the right track. Thaci said that the discussion with members of the Serb community, the civil society and the political spectrum […]

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      Klan Kosova: Germany disappointed with Thaci

      By   2 days ago

      The initiative of the Kosovo President Hashim Thaci for transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into a Kosovo army has raised concerns with Germany. “We are disappointed that the proposal was not discussed in advance with Kosovo partners in NATO and other relevant actors. We are concerned because the proposal endangers Kosovo’s cooperation with […]

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      Demolli: Thaci acted in line with his competencies (Ekonomia Online)

      By   3 days ago

      Kosovo Security Force (KSF) Minister, Haki Demolli, said President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci acted within the scope of his competencies when he initiated the transformation of the KSF but clarified that his ministry had prepared two years ago the proposal for constitutional amendments that would serve as legal basis for the creation of a Kosovo […]

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      Hoxhaj at the meeting of Foreign Ministers of anti-ISIS coalition (Lajmi.net)

      By   3 days ago

      During the second day of his visit to Washington, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister, Enver Hoxhaj continued with the meetings at the House of Representatives as well as Senators of the U.S. Congress from both the Republican and Democratic parties. A press release issued by the Foreign Ministry informs that on the verge of the first decade […]

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        “800mln Nis-Pristina highway to be built by our companies” (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        The Nis-Pristina highway will connect some 100,000 citizens in the Toplica District with Corridor 10, says Zorana Mihajlovic. “The highway from Nis to Pristina via Merdare, which Serbia will build together with the EU, will connect around 100,000 citizens in the Toplica District with Corridor 10, the most significant traffic route in Serbia,” the minister […]

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        State commission denies intent to rig election in Kosovo (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        RIK President Vladimir Dimitrijevic says the opposition “has no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the electoral process in Kosovo and Metohija.” Dimitrijevic came out with this statement after Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, who heads an opposition parliamentary group, described the instructions for the holding of the presidential elections in Kosovo, which the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) […]

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        EU to Pristina: Draft ZSO statute “without further delay” (B92)

        By   2 days ago

        EU officials have called on representatives of the Kosovo government to abandon any further delays in establishing the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO). Tanjug is reporting this on Thursday, citing a statement issued by the EU office in Kosovo. It was published after a meeting in Brussels of “the special group on normalization of relations […]

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        Kiev: Pristina’s move to seize Serbian property is illegal (B92)

        By   3 days ago

        Ukrainian Ambassador to Serbia Oleksandr Aleksandrovych says the Kosovo government’s decision to “nationalize” the property of Serbia in Kosovo is “illegal.” “The so-called government of Kosovo on March 15 passed a decree to take over the property registered in the name of Serbia and Yugoslavia, as property of the so-called Republic of Kosovo,” said a […]

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        Ivanović: I expect a fair trial; I’m not guilty (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   3 days ago

        Oliver Ivanović told Kontakt plus radio that he hopes that repeated court proceedings against him will be fair and efficient and that it will prove his innocence for the acts of which he was charged. In the basic court in Mitrovica on Friday begins a retrial to Ivanović with presentation of opening statements of the […]

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        Serbia grateful to N. Korea for stance on Kosovo (B92)

        By   4 days ago

        Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Tuesday received the new ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ri Pyong Du. The diplomat delivered his accreditation letters to President Tomislav Nikolic, the Serbian government said. Ri Pyong Du thus officially assumed the office of ambassador on non-residential basis accredited from Bucharest, […]

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        Serbia-US relations “on upward trajectory” (B92)

        By   4 days ago

        Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and US Ambassador to Belgrade Kyle Scott agreed on Tuesday that bilateral relations were “on an upward trajectory.” This is resulting in greater interest among US companies in investing in Serbia, they said, and cited as an example Tuesday’s signing of an agreement on the expansion of operations of US company […]

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        Ðurić: Investing in Education an investment in the future (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   4 days ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić says that investment in education is an investment in the future and survival of the Serbian people in Kosovo. Đurić said that during his visit to the Agricultural School in Lešak (which was relocated from Pristina), and whose construction was financed by the Government of […]

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          Kosovo MP’s Move to Cut Jail Terms Slated (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          An amendment by a ruling party MP cut prison terms by a third has drawn a good deal of adverse comment from politicians, experts and international representatives in Pristina. An MP from the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, PDK, Nait Hasani, has been criticized for proposing an amendment that would cut prison sentences by a […]

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          Kosovo, Albania Give ‘Common Market’ Call Thumbs Down (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Kosovo’s Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan ‘common market’ as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership – while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion. EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn’s support for the creation of a common market in the Western Balkans, raised during the […]

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          Rival Activists Embody Serbia’s Russia-West Split (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Two female activists who were born the same year and studied together now represent opposite ends of the political spectrum, reflecting Serbia’s deep divisions over EU membership and relations with Russia. Milica Djurdjevic and Anita Mitic are two of the most high-profile young activists of their generation, but the 27-year-olds hold political beliefs that are […]

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          EU pushes Western Balkans toward common market (EurActiv)

          By   1 week ago

          The European Union yesterday (16 March) encouraged the Western Balkan countries to create a common market, which it estimated could create over 80,000 jobs in an area of high unemployment. http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/eu-pushes-western-balkan-toward-common-market/

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          Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-risks-alienating-crucial-allies-in-army-row-03-15-2017

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          ‘People’s Eye’ Poses Terrorist Threat, Kosovo President Says (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          Hashim Thaci says security institutions have obtained a list of 26 people that an organization called People’s Eye – which has accepted responsibility for shooting Azem Vllasi – wants to execute. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/people-s-eye-with-a-list-of-26-kosovo-personalities-to-be-executed-03-16-2017

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          Serbia Accuses Kosovo of Grabbing its Property (Balkan Insight)

          By   1 week ago

          The head of Serbia’s Office for Kosovo, Marko Djuric, has denounced a decision to register the Kosovo state as the owner of the all immovable property once registered in the name of Yugoslavia or Serbia. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-s-decision-sparks-new-belgrade-pristina-tension-03-15-2017

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          Lost In Translation: Macedonia’s ethnic tensions near the boiling point (and Soros is stirring the pot) (FOX News)

          By   1 week ago

          Macedonia gave the world Alexander the Great, who, legend has it, wept because he could find no more lands to conquer. Now, George Soros, the left-wing billionaire who also wants to rule the world, is meddling with events that could plunge Macedonia into chaos or civil war, and escalate U.S. tensions with Russia. Locked between […]

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