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UNMIK Headlines 1 September

By   21 hours ago

• Constitutional Court to review legality of Association/Community (Zeri)
• Jablanovic: Association/Community not special autonomy (Zeri)
• Aleksandar Jablanovic cannot lead the Association (Epoka e Re)
• Government of Kosovo still with no reply on Vucic’s visit (Koha Ditore)
• Law on special court to enter into force on 15 September (Koha Ditore)
• Thaci: We will not allow being equated with Milosevic’s acts (Zeri)
• Conference for relaxation of Albanian-Serb relations (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 31 August

By   2 days ago

• Dialogue to focus on implementation of agreements (Koha Ditore)
• Vetevendosje: Association/Community bad for people of Kosovo (dailies)
• Dumoshi: Certain individuals cannot make threats in the name of people (Zeri)
• Jablanovic, head of the Association/Community? (Zeri/Gazeta Blic)
• Government of Kosovo gives in to Serbian List (Koha Ditore)
• Missing persons to be discussed in Brussels (Epoka e Re)
• Serbian nun: Kosovo in UNESCO, absurdity (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 29 August

By   4 days ago

• Mustafa: Association does not impose constitutional changes (Koha Ditore)
• Albanian translation strengthens Association/Community (Zeri)
• Protest against Serb pilgrimage in Gjakova/Djakovica (dailies)
• Vetevendosje throws rotten eggs at PM Mustafa’s car (Koha Ditore)

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UNMIK Headlines 28 August

By   5 days ago

• Serbia closer to the EU, Kosovo remains isolated (Koha Ditore)
• Stojanovic: Association/Community shall not be a problem (RTK)
• Barricade removal to relax relations between Albanians and Serbs (Epoka)
• Thaci: Life in Kosovo is better and safer in last 100 years (dailies)
• Limaj: Opposition to mobilize against LDK-PDK coalition (dailies)
• EU to allocate 600 million Euros for the Balkans (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 27 August

By   6 days ago

• Tahiri: Serbia has recognized Kosovo (Zeri)
• US embassy commends Kosovo on agreements reached with Serbia (dailies)
• Celebration in north, despair in south (Zeri)
• KDI: Association leads to third-level power in Kosovo (RTK)
• Kosovo and Montenegro sign agreement on border demarcation (dailies)
• Protest against Kosovo-Montenegro border demarcation (RTK)
• Meucci and Kuci discuss war crimes (dailies)

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UNMIK Headlines 26 August

By   7 days ago

• One accord on Association/Community, two interpretations (Koha Ditore)
• Mogherini confirms agreements between Pristina and Belgrade (dailies)
• Thaci: Serbia has recognised Kosovo as a country (Epoka e Re)
• Jahjaga: Agreements strengthen Kosovo’s sovereignty (Telegrafi)
• Vetevendosje warns of worsening situation in Kosovo (dailies)
• Thaci for WSJ: I will cooperate with special court (RTK)
• Kurz: EU doesn’t want to import unresolved issues (Koha Ditore)

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UNMIK Headlines 25 August

By   1 week ago

• Pristina, Belgrade reach agreement on Association/Community? (Klan K.)
• Barricade on Ibar River to be removed on 1 October (Telegrafi)
• Huge pressure on parties to reach agreement (Koha Ditore/Zeri)
• Mustafa recognizes progress in Pristina-Belgrade talks (Kosovapress)
• Vucic: In Brussels, to reach agreement (Zeri)
• Murtezaj: No agreement if Kosovo Constitution is violated (dailies)
• Thaci: The role of the peacemaker doesn’t belong to Serbia (dailies)
• Delawie: Kosovo showed maturity with establishment of special court (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 24 August

By   1 week ago

• Thaci announces agreement on Association/Community (Koha Ditore)
• Tahiri: There will be no civil servants in Association/Community (Epoka e Re)
• Djuric: Association/Community to have executive competencies (Zeri)
• Molliqaj: Citizens can stop the Association/Community (Zeri)
• Obama invites Mustafa in the leaders’ summit (dailies)
• Thaci seeks people’s support for Kosovo’s membership in UNESCO (RTK)
• Haradinaj to visit Kosovo-Montenegro border strip (Indeksonline)
• Kosovo serious crimes prosecutor arrested (dailies)

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    Thaci: I helped bring down Slobodan Milosevic. Now there is the hope of justice for our citizens (Epoka e Re)

    By   16 hours ago

    This opinion piece by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci originally appeared in the British paper The Independent. The Parliament of the Republic of Kosovo voted last month to amend the country’s Constitution to enable the creation of a Special Court that will adjudicate alleged crimes committed by Kosovo Albanians during […]

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    The bridge of an endless process (Koha Ditore)

    By   2 days ago

    Publicist Veton Surroi in an opinion piece today writes that at the time when Kosovo signed four agreements with Serbia in Brussels on 25 August, it showed Kosovo’s readiness to be part of a trap set by Serbian negotiators. “The trap is simple: create tables, which will examine and solve the specific problems by concerned […]

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    Now we can phone Kosovo, but is that enough? (Koha/Euractiv)

    By   5 days ago

    By David MacShane, UK’s Minister of the Balkans from 2001 to 2005. The modest steps brokered by the EU between Serbia and Kosovo are to be welcomed. But the fact remains that more than 15 years since the fighting stopped in Kosovo, and 20 years since the Katyn-style massacres in Srebrenica, the Western Balkans is unable […]

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    The failure delegation (Kosova Sot)

    By   5 days ago

    The paper on its front page editorial writes that all the Western Balkans countries, except Kosovo, after the Vienna Summit have already started calculating on what they have benefited from this summit.  “The signing of agreements between Kosovo and Serbia, has enabled Serbia the opening of negotiations for the EU membership. While Kosovo apparently has […]

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    Autonomy which is not “FOL” (Koha Ditore)

    By   6 days ago

    Publicist Veton Surroi in an opinion piece writes that the recently-agreed Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities is expected to serve as a mediatory communication body between the Kosovo central government and the local governments of the Serb majority municipalities and, at the same time, a communication channel between the Kosovo Serbs and the Serbian government. […]

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    Without the Western Balkans, the European Union would be incomplete (Koha/Telegrafi)

    By   6 days ago

    Authors: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria Sebastian Kurz and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier 20 years after the wars in the Western Balkans the region is peaceful and all the countries of the region strive to become EU-members. The significant progress achieved, however, […]

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    The end of a marathon (Kosova Sot)

    By   7 days ago

    The paper on its front page editorial writes that after a marathon of discussions and international pressure, Pristina and Belgrade have finally signed a historic agreement. “Each party attempted to look triumphant in this agreement, although apparently, both sides have made compromises. Kosovo side is satisfied that the Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities will have no […]

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    Transparency in dialogue (Kosova Sot)

    By   1 week ago

    The paper writes in its editorial today that it is unclear what agreement today’s meeting between Kosovo and Serbia prime ministers in Brussels will produce but one thing is certain and that is that there is no transparency from the Kosovo side about the dialogue. Kosovo officials continue to reiterate that they would not sign […]

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      Government says stepped up security not related to recent developments (Telegrafi)

      By   16 hours ago

      Government of Kosovo said in a statement that the stepped up security around its premises is part of a series of measures initiated several months ago as a result of recommendations of the regional security and are not related to the recent developments in Kosovo. The security measures government has undertaken in recent days happen […]

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      “No to Zajednica” also at Pristina high schools (Kosovapress)

      By   17 hours ago

       An organization called “Active students” informs that on its initiation of activities at six Pristina high schools, by setting fabric billboards against the Association of the municipalities with Serb majority, signed in Brussels between the Pristina and Belgrade governments. “Active students” inform that the activities have been initiated at “Sami Frasheri”(social sciences), “Sami Frasheri” (natural […]

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      Pacolli’s ultimatum to Serbia: You have seven days to implement the agreement (indeksonline)

      By   17 hours ago

      Rrahim Pacolli, leader of the Kosovo delegation in the discussions between Pristina and Belgrade, in the field of insurances, visited today the border point between Kosovo and Serbia, Merdare. There, he gave an ultimatum to Serbia to allow vehicles with RKS license plates to enter Serbia within seven days, or Kosovo would apply the same […]

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      President wants to lead Kosovo delegation to New York (Koha)

      By   2 days ago

      While the Kosovo Assembly was voting on the constitutional amendments paving way for the establishment of the special court, Prime Minister of Kosovo Isa Mustafa received a letter from President Atifete Jahjaga which angered him and his deputy, Hashim Thaci, a great deal. In the letter President Jahjaga said that based on her constitutional responsibilities, […]

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      GLPS: Association/Community affects Kosovo’s state structure (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Group for Legal and Political Studies (GLPS) think thank said today in a statement that Pristina-Belgrade agreement on Association/Community of Serb majority municipalities affects issues of structural importance to Kosovo and its multiethnic values.  GLPS recalled that Kosovo was built on the principles of a constitutional democracy and thus reflects a deeply European model of […]

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      Presevo Valley leaders request reciprocity (lajmi.net)

      By   2 days ago

      The Russian news agency Sputnik reports that establishment of the Association of Municipalities with Serb majority in Kosovo, could open way to the territorial autonomy for Albanian municipalities in southern Serbia. The Albanian political leaders in Presevo Valley, Jonuz Musliu and Ragmi Mustafa, told Sputnik that they would coordinate with Pristina and Tirana to request […]

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      Rama: The “Peace Road” connects Serbia, Kosovo and Albania (Gazeta Express)

      By   2 days ago

      The Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, stressed during a press conference on Monday morning that an extraordinary political progress is registered in the region, from the Berlin Conference to the Vienna one. “What is worth stressing is that we have entered a phase which serves to increase the focus on advancement of the economic […]

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      Veseli commends the agreements, expects official reports (RTK)

      By   5 days ago

      Kosovo Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli through a press statement welcomed the agreements reached in Brussels between Pristina and Belgrade and said he expects official reporting on the process and the content of the agreements. “We believe that the Government, which has all the legitimate authority to represent Kosovo and to make decisions in the dialogue […]

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        Jevtic: ZSO is not against Albanians (TV Most)

        By   17 hours ago

        Kosovo Minister of Communities and Returns Dalibor Jevtic said that the Community / Association of Serbian Municipalities (ZSO) is not aimed against Albanians.  Jevtic said that the ZSO is mechanism that will also help improvement of the life of Albanians, especially those living in the areas which will become a part of the ZSO. “The […]

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        Djuric: Ideas on reciprocity for the ZSO are ridiculous and frivolous (KIM Radio)

        By   17 hours ago

        Director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric said that the ideas on the reciprocity to the Community / Association of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) are not grounded either in law, or in reality. “Certain local politicians from the southern Serbia stressed some ideas for some kind of reciprocity in relation to […]

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        Stefanovic: The issue of migrants should be solved at EU level (Blic)

        By   18 hours ago

        Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told CNN’s reporter Christiane Amanpour that the migrants issue is a problem the entire Europe is facing and called for coming up with a coherent plan for the entire continent. Stefanovic said that almost 115,000 refugees passed through Serbia since the beginning of 2015, stressing that it is difficult for […]

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        Serbian companies submitted request for registration to Pristina (Politika)

        By   18 hours ago

        Serbian company “Elektrosever” which should charge Serbs in Kosovo for power supply will receive the work permit, as expected, in one week. In accordance with the Brussels Agreement, the Serbian Power Supply Company (EPS) submitted to the Kosovo agency a request for registration of affiliated company that should provide import, export and transit of the […]

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        Montenegrins support the establishment of the ZSO (KIM Radio)

        By   19 hours ago

        Agreement on the establishment of the Community / Association of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) is the most important agreement which was signed in Brussels between Belgrade and Pristina, was stated from the Association of Montenegrins from Kosovo, adding that formation of ZSO is not a threat to any community in Kosovo. “ZSO will certainly speed up […]

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        Kosovo is not the biggest problem (Danas)

        By   19 hours ago

        The prime ministers of Serbia and Albania Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama, in the TV Show “Okruzenje”, agreed that it might be too late that mutual dialogue compensate everything what was lost in the last quarter of a century because of poor relations between Serbia and Albania, but it is evidently a time to overcome […]

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        FM speaks about Community/Association of Municipalities, migrants (TV Pink, B92)

        By   2 days ago

        The future Community/Association of Serbian Municipalities (ZSO) should be formed very quickly, said Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. According to him, it will represent “the first political authority of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija since 1999.” Asked whether the ZSO was “a step towards a partition of Kosovo,” Dacic told […]

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        Stankovic expects political seriousness from Albanian leaders in the South Serbia (Akter)

        By   2 days ago

        President of the Coordination Body for Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja Zoran Stankovic told FoNet that the talks between Pristina and Belgrade in Brussels do not include discussions about the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja and called on Albanian leaders from the three municipalities on “political seriousness and responsibility”. He added that the Coordination Body […]

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          Turkey the first country to open a consulate general in Kosovo (dailysabah.com)

          By   17 hours ago

          Turkey is opening a consulate general in Kosovo, in its historic city of Prizren, with Consul General Selcen Evcit coming into the office as of Tuesday. With the consulate general set to be opened in Prizren on Tuesday, Turkey will be the first country to open an additional consular representative in Kosovo. Turkey had previously […]

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          Knocking on heaven’s door (The Economist)

          By   2 days ago

          EVER since the end of the Balkan wars in 1999, the most important question in the region has been when and how to join the European Union. Slovenia made it in 2004 and Croatia followed in 2013. For the rest, however, the goal is still far off. The prospects of Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro […]

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          Migrant crisis: Balkans ‘part of the solution, not the problem’ (The Telegraph)

          By   5 days ago

          Kosovo should be considered as part of the solution to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe rather than part of the problem, the country’s foreign minister has said, as leaders from the Western Balkans meet in Vienna to deal with the problem. Western Balkan countries are facing “huge challenges” handling tens of thousands of migrants trying to get to the […]

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          EU’s Hahn sees Serbia accession talks soon after Kosovo deal (Reuters)

          By   6 days ago

          The EU is set to start accession talks with Serbia very soon, the 28-nation bloc’s enlargement commissioner said on Thursday at a Western Balkans summit in Vienna. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/27/us-eu-serbia-idUSKCN0QW0RG20150827

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          Balkans out-score EU at Vienna diplomacy football (Reuters)

          By   6 days ago

          The European Union might have had a better start, but in the end it was the Balkan countries who brought the game home in this unlikely diplomatic football match on Wednesday to kick off the Western Balkan summit in Vienna. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/08/27/uk-summit-balkans-football-idUKKCN0QV2H420150827  

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          Kosovo agreement clears Serbia’s EU path (EUobserver)

          By   6 days ago

          The agreement reached Tuesday (25 August) between Serbia and Kosovo lifted the main obstacle to opening membership negotiations between Serbia and the EU. But no formal decision will be taken soon. https://euobserver.com/enlargement/130008  

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          Kosovo, Serbia sign energy, telecom agreements after EU-brokered talks (Reuters)

          By   7 days ago

          Serbia and its former southern province of Kosovo took steps towards overcoming decades of animosity on Tuesday, signing energy and telecoms agreements and bringing Belgrade closer to one day joining the European Union. http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/08/25/serbia-kosovo-idINKCN0QU2LV20150825  

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          Kosovo and Serbia sign ‘landmark’ agreements (BBC)

          By   7 days ago

          Kosovo and Serbia have signed a series of agreements in key areas, in a major step towards normalising ties. Serbs in northern Kosovo will enjoy greater rights through one of the deals, while Kosovo gains its own international dialling code in another. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34059497

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