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UNMIK Headlines 22 January

By   18 hours ago

Thaci: Dialogue to resume at most senior level (RTK)
Haradinaj’s response to HRT on Special Court (RTK)
Tahiri: Special Court is a done deal (RTK)
Kosovo Assembly presidency to meet today (Koha Ditore)
Corteville: U.S. Embassy discussing measures if specialist court is repealed (Zeri)
Mitrovica North conditions opening of bridge with concrete barrier (Koha)
Kurti wins overwhelming majority of votes for top Vetevendosje post (dailies)
Sejdiu: Serbian secret services know who killed Ivanovic (RTK/RTV21)
Gerxhaliu: Kosovo to be equal member of CEFTA (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 January

By   3 days ago

Vucic calls on Serbs not to leave Kosovo (RTK/Koha)
Vucic’s Kosovo visit agenda revealed (media)
Kosovo Police special units head towards Mitrovica (Kallxo/Koha)
Specialist court to decide its own future (Koha Ditore)
Kosovo risks straining relations with EP because of specialist court (Koha)
Haliti: Assembly presidency to reject specialist court initiative (Klan Kosova)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 January

By   4 days ago

Haradinaj seeking “justification” to support demarcation deal (Koha Ditore)
Veseli: Everyone should be prepared to face specialist court (Koha Ditore)
“Tactical retreat” from initiative to abrogate specialist court (Zeri)
Police identify car believed to have been used in Ivanovic’s murder (RTK)
Trajkovic acusses creators of Serbian List for Ivanovic’s murder (RTK)
Kosovo leaders condemn language against U.S. Ambassador (media)
Vetevendosje’s resigned officials to set up new political party? (Zeri)
Meta: Kosovo should ratify demarcation, and not impede Special Court (RTK)
British officials left out of commission for appointing Trepca board (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 January

By   5 days ago

• Another failed attempt to revoke special court (media)
• Delawie warns of grave consequences if law on special court is repealed (dailies)
• President Thaci welcomes Belgrade’s aid in resolving Ivanovic murder (media)
• Vucic allowed to visit Kosovo (Zeri/Kosova Sot)
• Bosch: Vucic, don’t shed crocodile tears for Ivanovic (Koha)
• Another Kosovo Serb politician receives death threats (Indeksonline)
• KFOR: Vulin cannot threaten Kosovo, we are here (media)
• Analysts: Suspension of dialogue harms Kosovo (Zeri)
• Pacolli rallying support for Kosovo’s CoE membership (Koha)
• Juncker: All border disputes in the Balkans must be resolved (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 January

By   6 days ago

• Kosovo Serb politician gunned down in Mitrovica North (media)
• UNMIK chief strongly condemns Ivanovic’s murder (media)
• U.S. Ambassador calls for swift and professional investigations (media)
• Russian Foreign Ministry strongly condemns “despicable act” (media)
• Serbian President Vucic to visit Kosovo over the weekend (media)
• Kosovo chief negotiator calls on Belgrade to return to talks (Klan Kosova)
• Berisha: Special court is dangerous for Kosovo (Epoka)
• Pacolli: Kosovo will soon apply for Council of Europe membership (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 January

By   7 days ago

• Final alarm of internationals over special court (Zeri)
• Veseli: We will overcome challenge of special court (Kosova Sot)
• Kosovo’s new negotiators express commitment to Brussels dialogue (Koha)
• Border demarcation bill sent to Assembly Presidency for discussion (media)
• AAK MP: Not enough votes to pass current demarcation deal (Epoka)
• No agreement in Vetevendosje (media)
• Walker: Kosovo needs a new generation of political leaders (Kosova Sot)
• IMF reacts to decision on salary increase (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 January

By   1 week ago

A decisive week for the special court? (media)
Assembly committee to discuss demarcation deal today (media)
Limaj: We’ll ratify a demarcation deal that is acceptable to all (media)
Beqiri: Vote in favor of demarcation, we don’t support court revocation (media)
Kosovo delegation to travel to Brussels tomorrow (media)
S. State Department warns of possible terror attacks in Kosovo (media)
Court extends Azem Syla’s detention (media)
Former PM Mustafa to travel to Germany for medical treatment (media)
Trepca mining complex board to be appointed this month (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 January

By   2 weeks ago

• Consequences from revoking special court (Koha)
• Haradinaj: Undoing the special court is just (media)
• U.S. Embassy: Abandon the idea to revoke the special court! (Zeri)
• Fajon: Ball on visa liberalization in the hands of Kosovo politicians (media)
• Draft law on Kosovo Army will be sent to government in April (Zeri)
• Justice Minister calls on state prosecutor to investigate Morina’s claims (media)
• Frasher Krasniqi resigns from all Vetevendosje posts (media)
• Government won’t merge Customs and Tax Administration (Koha)
• Prosecution to file indictment against members of “Eye of People” (Koha)

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    NATO and EU both responsible for anarchy in the north of Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

    By   13 hours ago

    Columnist Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece for the paper that the north of Kosovo is perhaps the most anarchic region in Europe. He says that their NATO, nor EULEX or UNMIK managed to “rule” in the north and that this was done by Serbia’s parallel structures and even when the situation there is […]

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    The risky initiative against the ‘Special Court’ (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    By: Aidan Hehir Whatever one thinks of the Court, to disband it would have enormously grave repercussions for Kosovo’s international status. The campaign by an alliance of Kosovo’s MPs to revoke the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office for Kosovo has caused widespread alarm both within Kosovo and internationally. While their initial attempt failed, evidence […]

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    The shame of Kosovar society: No one talks about the victims (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    Publicist Enver Robelli writes in in opinion piece that while the attention of the media and the public in Kosovo is focusing on whether the law on specialist chambers is going to be repealed or not and who could stand to be indicted by it, there is no talk on why this court was created […]

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    2018 will be important for Western Balkans (EUobserver)

    By   4 weeks ago

    Bernard Kouchner, a former French minister for foreign and European affairs, co-founder of Medecins Sans Frontières, founder of Médecins du Monde, and the former UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, writes in an op-ed for EUobserver that next year is expected to be an important period for […]

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    100 days of governing by the Kanun (Prishtina Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    Columnist Agron Demi, analyses first 100 days of Ramush Haradinaj’s government. http://bit.ly/2zfnBlX

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    Kosovo is building a new Chernobyl (Prishtina Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    By: Enver Robelli The non-transparent Kosova e Re project is a bad investment for Kosovo’s citizens. Any serious government that may come to power should reverse this project. Through an irresponsible government, Kosovo decided to build a new Chernobyl in Obilic. The Kosova e Re  (‘Kosovo C’) power plant is harmful for public health, the […]

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    Five takeaways from the mayoral runoffs in Kosovo (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Blerim Vela The key factors for performance in Sunday’s mayoral runoff elections were candidate choice, local coalitions, campaign and media rhetoric, and rural-urban polarization. On November 19, voters in 19 Kosovo municipalities voted in mayoral runoff elections. The preliminary results were published by the Kosovo Central Election Commission, CEC, before midnight and offered no […]

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    Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice (BIRN)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Shkelzen Gashi The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals. The majority of people in Kosovo believe that the Special Court is an unfair creation, but the blame for its establishment, […]

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      All MP visits abroad suspended (Insajderi)

      By   13 hours ago

      The Assembly Presidency decided today to suspend all the visits of the Kosovo Assembly MPs abroad. The decision will be in power until the 20 February. The Assembly Presidency held its first meeting today after the holidays. This gave the first opportunity to the Presidency to discuss the specialist chambers, as there was no quorum […]

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      Veseli: We have sent the initiative for the Special Court to the government (RTK)

      By   13 hours ago

      The President of the Assembly of Kosovo, Kadri Veseli, said after the meeting of Assembly Presidency that he does not know when the agreement for demarcation of the border with Montenegro will reach the Assembly session for ratification, since the commission has not mentioned any date. Speaking about the initiative for abrogating law on specialist […]

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      Hoti: Abrogation of the Special Court returns 1244 (Insajderi, Lajm)

      By   13 hours ago

      Head of the parliamentary group of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Avdullah Hoti, said that sending the initiative for the abrogation of the Special Court to the government, happened without the presence of the representatives of his political party at the Assembly presidency meeting. According to him, such decision was made with the help […]

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      Government raises concern over EU integration (Koha Ditore)

      By   14 hours ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, raised concern over the relations with the European Union, due to the non-recognition of Kosovo by five EU countries. He made these comments during the meeting of the government of Kosovo, where he stressed that it is unjust for Kosovo to suffer due to the relations that EU […]

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      Assembly sends initiative on specialist court to government (media)

      By   14 hours ago

      Online media report that the Kosovo Assembly presidency has decided to send the initiative for abrogation of the specialist chambers to the government of Kosovo for review. Head of Vetevendosje parliamentary group, Glauk Konjufca, told reporters after the meeting of the presidency that the ball is now in the government’s turf.

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      Person arrested for trying to illegally enter U.S. KFOR base (Kallxo)

      By   14 hours ago

      A person has been arrested after trying to illegally enter Bondsteel, the U.S. KFOR base in Kosovo. The incident is reported to have occurred last night at around 8 p.m. The daily police report stated that the suspect is believed to suffer from a mental disorder and that this was not the first time he […]

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      Numan Balic dismissed from post of deputy minister (Lajmi/Zeri)

      By   14 hours ago

      Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has dismissed Numan Balic from the post of Deputy Minister of Local Government Administration. Lajmi quotes sources saying the dismissal came as a result of complaints from the Bosniak MPs that Balic does not represent their interests and is their political opponent.

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      Government of Kosovo observes minute of silence for Ivanovic and Musliu (Indeksonline)

      By   14 hours ago

      Government of Kosovo held today is routing meeting which started by observing a minute of silence for the Kosovo Serb leader, Oliver Ivanovic, killed last week in Mitrovica North. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj expressed the commitment of the government and relevant institutions to resolve the case. The government cabinet also observed a minute of silence […]

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        Prosecution from Mitrovica announced cooperation with Belgrade (RTS)

        By   12 hours ago

        The Department of Serious Crimes of the Basic Prosecutor’s Office in Mitrovica expressed readiness to provide information to the Belgrade Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime regarding the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, reports Radio Television of Serbia (RTS). The Kosovo Ministry of Justice’s reply to the Ministry of Justice of Serbia states that the prosecution will […]

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        Dalibor Jevtic invited to the Prayer Breakfast (KIM radio)

        By   13 hours ago

        Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Kosovo and Minister of Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtic received an invitation to attend, together with his wife, this year’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, reports KIM radio. As reported, Jevtic will have a number of meetings during the stay in the United States with State Department officials, […]

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        Rada Trajkovic: I respect Vucic’s statement (Danas, FoNet)

        By   13 hours ago

        Serbian leader from Kosovo and professor of the Medical Faculty in northern Mitrovica, Dr. Rada Trajkovic, told FoNet news agency that she “highly respects” the statement of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic about the extent of support she has in Kosovo among Serbs, noting that such statements were given and about the support Oliver Ivanovic had, […]

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        The movement ”Fatherland”: Vucic’s visit to Kosovo did not bring anything new (NMagazin, Beta)

        By   13 hours ago

        The People’s Movement of Serbs from Kosovo ”Fatherland” issued a press statement on Sunday evening, stating that the visit of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to Kosovo didn’t bring anything new, and that he said ”lots of futile promises and messages” that ”cannot encourage Serbs at all”, reports NMagazin. They added that the president’s visit showed […]

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        Riza Smaka: Political murder of Oliver Ivanovic with different interests in the background (KIM radio, Slobodno Srpski)

        By   13 hours ago

        In the latest TV Show “Slobodno Srpski” (Free Serbian), a member of the Presidency of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and professor for constitutional law prof. Dr. Riza Smaka, in an interview with Budimir Nicic, says that there was no doubt that the murder of Oliver Ivanovic was a political murder from different interests at a […]

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        Ristic and Jaksic were not invited to the meeting (KIM radio, FoNet)

        By   16 hours ago

        Independent MP in the Serbian Assembly Slavisa Ristic said  that he was not invited to a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in the northern part of Mitrovica, reported on Saturday KIM radio. Ristic, who is also the former Mayor of Zubin Potok, said he believed that, unlike Kosovo deputies from the Serbian Progressive Party […]

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        Tadic: They are fulfilling requests related to Kosovo because of applause and authority (KIM Radio)

        By   16 hours ago

        President of the Social-Democratic Party (SDS), Boris Tadic told Serbian media that since Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) came into power, Serbia’s European path is not conditioned with the progress and level of achieved reforms, but with “the trade of the authorities, in which they are fulfilling requests related to Kosovo for the sake of an […]

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        Raskovic-Ivic: Either they or we (Danas)

        By   17 hours ago

        Forty days after the murder of Oliver Ivanovic, a group of activists lead by Sanda Raskovic-Ivic Deputy President of Peoples Party (Vuk Jeremic’s party) would organize a protest gathering before the Serbian President Office at Andricev venac in Belgrade, Danas daily reports. They will place posters with the photos of Zvonko Veselinovic, Milan Radojcic and […]

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          Brussels planning to add SIX more nations to EU empire: Juncker plots Balkans expansion (express.co.uk)

          By   13 hours ago

          BRUSSELS is pressing ahead with plans to expand its EU empire by setting a date for absorbing several Balkan nations. Eurocrats are poised to agree a 2025 deadline for starting the process that will see Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo join the bloc. https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/907685/EU-Brussels-empire-Balkan-nations-Serbia-Montenegro-Macedonia-Albania-Bosnia-Herzegovina

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          Kosovo Politicians Advance Bid to Scrap Special Court (Balkan Insight)

          By   13 hours ago

          The presidency of the Kosovo Assembly has sent a draft law to the government, pushing forward a controversial attempt to prevent a new Hague-based Kosovo war crimes court from operating. http://bit.ly/2F1gAZk

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          “It is not for Russia to object if Serbia decides to give Kosovo away” (EurAsia Daily)

          By   16 hours ago

          The process of settling the status of Kosovo, which recently received an unexpected turn after the murder of one of the leaders of Kosovo Serbs Oliver Ivanović, is entering the final phase. This, according to experts, became even more obvious after the interview of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić given to the Serbian state television channel […]

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          A Death in Kosovo Stokes Fears and Threatens Peace (The New Times)

          By   17 hours ago

          MITROVICA, Kosovo — The challenge for President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia was steep: Visiting a neighboring country whose sovereignty he does not recognize, addressing a group of people deeply distrustful of his intentions and talking about an assassination that remains unsolved. In a hastily arranged visit that came on the heels of the daytime slaying […]

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          Western Balkans backsliding on democracy, says Lords committee (The Guardian)

          By   4 days ago

          Progress towards full democracy and commitment to the rule of law in the western Balkans is either stagnating or going backwards as the UK’s influence in the region declines, a Lords committee has said. Russian and extreme Islamic influence is expanding, state capture of civil institutions is growing and support for EU membership is in […]

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          Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Saturday’s planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise. http://bit.ly/2mPd6ld

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          Stoltenberg Condemns Killing In Kosovo, Calls for Calm (RFE)

          By   4 days ago

          NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the killing of ethnic-Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic in Kosovo, and said the Western military alliance would continue to be on hand to help keep the country stable. The Kosovar Serb politician was buried in Belgrade two days after he was gunned down in Mitrovica, northern Kosovo, on January 16, […]

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          Thousands Attend Slain Kosovo Serb Politician’s Funeral (Balkan Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Thousands of citizens attended the funeral of Oliver Ivanovic, who was shot dead on Tuesday, as he was laid to rest in the Alley of the Greats at the New Cemetary in Belgrade, Serbia. http://bit.ly/2EVjWgo  

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