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UNMIK Headlines 21 August

By   7 hours ago

• Legal and illegal Serb representatives unite against EULEX (Koha)
• Jahjaga: UNMIK an important mission (Kosova Sot)
• Tahiri: No dialogue without mediation (dailies)
• Rexhepi: No comprehensive government without PDK (Kosova Sot)
• Kurteshi: We won’t back down from our principles (Epoka e Re)
• Minister Rexhepi meets with head of EULEX (Lajm)
• No mortal remains found in “Rudnica 3” yet (Lajm)
• Over €25 million from Arab states (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 August

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• EU expects Kosovars to resolve institutional crisis (Koha)
• Grabovci: LDK-AAK-NISMA blocking Kosovo (Bota Sot)
• Vetevendosje not backing down on its conditions (Lajm)
• Stojanovic: No government without Serbs (Tribuna)
• Islamic Community against extremism and terrorism (Bota Sot)
• Intelligence agent executed in Syria (Koha)
• UN seat for Kosovo depends on treaty with Serbia (Tribuna)
• Constitutional Court reprimands judge (Epoka e Re)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 August

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• Jahjaga: Kosovo not alone in fight against radicalism (dailies)
• Opposition bloc against new elections (Koha)
• Limaj: A broad-based government, but without PDK (Epoka e Re)
• PDK: “We are moving towards a coalition with LDK” (Epoka e Re)
• Kocijancic: No dialogue without EU (Zeri)
• Kosovo’s challenges for UN membership (Tribuna)
• BIK admits that four “mosques” aren’t under its umbrella (Koha)
• Serbs don’t want association to be an NGO (Koha)
• Ukrainian troops leaving, Hungarian troops arrive (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 August

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• Cliff: New elections would not be in Kosovo’s best interest (dailies)
• Pristina and Belgrade, centers of dialogue (Tribuna)
• Haliti: Coalition between PDK and LDK would be ideal (Gazeta Blic)
• Ahmeti: The majority forms the government (Bota Sot)
• Northern municipalities to request €100 million from Belgrade (Zeri)
• Slobodan Petrovic re-elected leader of SLS (Koha)
• Two Serbs suspected of war crimes arrested and released (Tribuna)
• Ukraine withdraws troops from Kosovo (dailies)
• Kosovo ranked 64th on list of most peaceful countries (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 August

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• Jahjaga: Extremism poses threat to Kosovo’s national security (Zeri)
• International arrest warrant issued against Lavdrim Muhaxhiri (dailies)
• Rexhepi: Internationals prevented me from combating extremism (Zeri)
• Vjosa Osmani to represent opposition bloc in Constitutional Court (Botapress)
• “Coalition of LDK-AAK-NISMA and Vetevendosje, a stable government” (Epoka)
• Belgrade calls on northerners to prepare 2015 budget (Koha)
• Bomb in northern Mitrovica (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 August

By   6 days ago

• Thaci assures the UN: Special court in January (Zeri)
• Thaci: Kosovo has no room for extremism (Tribuna)
• Parties don’t want broad-based government with PDK (Koha)
• Organized crime mentioned in Ban Ki-moon’s report (Zeri)
• Stojanovic: Serbian List to support majority (Lajm)
• Head of Islamic Community of Kosovo under investigation (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 August

By   1 week ago

• Belgrade wants additional competencies for Serb association (Kosova Sot)
• Accusations about mercenaries expected at Security Council (Tribuna)
• Thaci to travel to Berlin on 28 August (Epoka e Re)
• Police arrest terror suspect in Prizren (Bota Sot)
• Another two countries to recognize Kosovo soon (Lajm)
• Uncertainty over number of Kosovo recognitions (Koha)
• Jahjaga encourages women in business (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 August

By   1 week ago

• Ban requests establishment of Special Court by early 2015 at the latest (Koha)
• Another 20 terrorist suspects to be arrested (Koha)
• Thaci was not aware about anti-terrorism operation (Koha)
• Detention sought for terrorism suspects (Tribuna)
• No law that sanctions Albanians from fighting in Syria (Tribuna)
• Vucic ready for dialogue with Kosovo representatives (Tribuna)
• Jahjaga and Jacobson visit municipality of Gracanica (dailies)
• Stojanovic: No reconciliation without addressing crimes against Serbs (Koha)
• Indictment against Oliver Ivanovic (dailies)

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“The father” of the PDK! (Zeri)

By   2 hours ago

Editor Lavdim Hamidi writes that there are many people who think that after listening to the arguments of political parties in the first hearing session, Enver Hasani, president of the Constitutional Court, will make a decision in favor of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). “The first question that arises in this situation is why […]

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Messages from the north (Kosova Sot)

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The paper’s front-page editorial notes that Thaci’s government managed to sign the agreement for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, but the part about the judiciary was not finalized due to Belgrade’s tendency to create an ethnic division among Kosovo courts. “In the north, extremist individuals and groups have not stopped their activities and […]

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Buying time (Tribuna)

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Vjosa Osmani-Sadriu, member of the presidency of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), argues in her opinion piece that the LDK was always open for cooperation with parliamentary parties but that cooperation with the current leadership of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is absolutely impossible. “In the current political circumstances, where the PDK cannot […]

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The Constitutional Court is not the government (Koha)

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Political analyst Halil Matoshi criticizes the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for the current political stalemate. He argues that new elections are not the right solution for the political crisis, “and if the PDK keeps insisting on new elections, the international factor will say NO to the idea”. “The PDK, aware that no political party […]

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Coalition ruins PDK’s hopes (Bota Sot)

By   2 days ago

The coalition of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), gathered once again to discuss defense at the Constitutional Court, after the decision of the latter to suspend election of Isa Mustafa as Assembly Speaker. However, the leaders of these parties also stressed that […]

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Krasniqi: They declare themselves as pro-Western but act like fundamentalists (RTK)

By   3 days ago

Jakup Krasniqi, chairman of the National Council of the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA) and former Assembly Speaker, writes in an opinion piece that everyone in Kosovo, without any exception, should be careful not to have any kind of cooperation with extremists that case a dark shadow on the nation and its future. Krasniqi recalls that […]

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Kosovo’s pale image (Epoka e Re)

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Publicist Mehmet Kraja writes in an opinion piece that “the birth of Islamic fundamentalism in Kosovo is a result of several factors and circumstances”. He argues that the global situation has suited Islamic fundamentalism in Kosovo and that “Wahabism had seen its best days during the time of UNMIK”. Kraja further notes that “we have […]

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On anti-extremism (Koha Ditore)

By   6 days ago

Lumir Abdixhiku writes in his weekly column for the paper that the intervention of the state to put a stop to extremist activities inciting hatred was the logical conclusion of a country that has lost the functioning logic for some time now. Hate speech has been present in Kosovo for fifteen years now, claims Abdixhiku […]

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Ternava: I’m not saying there is extremism in Kosovo (Gazeta Express/Deutsche Welle)

By   2 hours ago

Express carries an interview that Naim Ternava, head of the Islamic Community of Kosovo (BIK) gave to Deutsche Welle. What is your position toward the arrest of people suspected of extremism, jihad and terrorism in Kosovo? The Islamic Community of Kosovo supports every action by our institutions that concerns security in the country, the future […]

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Rexhepi: I am not aware of the execution of AKI agent in Syria (gazetablic)

By   1 day ago

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is not informed about the execution of agent of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency (AKI) in the war in Syria.  Head of this Ministry, Bajram Rexhepi stated for Indeksonline that it is not the duty of his Ministry to deal with such cases. He said that AKI should report to the Assembly […]

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Hoti: Internationals do not request coalition with PDK (rtklive)

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Avdullah Hoti, member of the leadership of the Democratic League of Kosovo said in an interview for Zeri that his party is in an unshakable coalition with the two parties of the block and does not even think about a greater coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK). Hoti is convinced that there is […]

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Germans don’t want Vetevendosje to lead talks with Belgrade (Rrokum)

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A reliable source in the LDK-AAK-NISMA coalition told Pristina-based Rrokum TV that foreign diplomats, especially Germans, have made it clear to the coalition that they should not yield to Vetevendosje’s terms, especially the condition to lead talks with Belgrade. The diplomats have also said that blocking privatization and the establishment of the association of Serb-majority […]

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LAN-PDK to face each other at the Constitutional Court tomorrow (kohaonline)

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The Democratic Party of Kosovo and coalition block of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), and the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), supported by Vetevendosje Movement, will present their arguments and counter-arguments at the Constitutional Court tomorrow. The hearing session was called based on the appeal of the PDK […]

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Over €50 million entered Kosovo from the Middle East (kohaonline)

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Bashkim Zeqiri, expert on financing of terrorism claims that there is a solid legal basis to fund terrorism in Kosovo. “International reports on terrorism, for example that of the US Department of State on Terrorism published in 2013, make a few remarks that the government and institutions should have had a more serious approach. One […]

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Professor Arsim Bajrami to represent PDK at the Constitutional Court (lajmi.net)

By   2 days ago

On 21 August, the Constitutional Court will hold the hearing session regarding the submitted appeal of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), which contests the constitutive session of the assembly held on 17 July. PDK has chosen Arsim Bajrami, Professor of the Constitutional Right, as its representative. Partners of the coalition block LDK-AAK-NISMA, announced a […]

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Ramadani: Thaci and PDK turned Kosovo into a valley of extremisms (Gazeta Express)

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In an interview for Express, Burim Ramadani, Secretary General of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK), recalls that the previous government had promised to turn Kosovo into Silicon Valley, “but PDK leader Hashim Thaci and his party have instead turned the country into a valley of extremisms”. Ramadani says the AAK has received […]

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16 years on, kidnappers of Serb journalists still not found (B92, Tanjug)

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August 21 marks the 16th anniversary since the kidnapping in 1998 of two Serb journalists near Orahovac, in Kosovo.  The Serbian Government Office for Kosovo issued a statement on this occasion to warn that the kidnappers of Radio Priština’s Đuro Slavuj and Ranko Pereneć have not been found yet. Those who, for the second consecutive […]

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Journalists to be protected (KIM radio)

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Following their meeting in Kosovo Polje/Fushë Kosovë, the Minister for Communities and Return Dalibor Jevtic and the head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo Jean-Claude Schlumberger have both requested the case of two missing Serbian journalists Djuro Slavuj and Ranko Perinic to be resolved. Dalibor Jevtic stressed that building of mutual trust between citizens and […]

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Milosavljevic: The Constitutional Court will give guidance (KiM Radio)

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If it turns out that Isa Mustafa was not legally elected president of the parliament, the Constitutional Court will provide further guidance, says MP Sasa Milosavljevic. “It is important that the Assembly was constituted and that the mandates are verified. The court could only decide whether the President of the Assembly was elected according to […]

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Popovic: Kosovo Serbs to fight for their rights (Blic)

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Director of the Office for communities of  Kosovo PM, Srdjan Popovic, believes that Serbs in Kosovo must fight for their rights that are violated. Popovic, who is an adviser to Kosovo Prime Minister, said that many rights of the Serbs are violated – from employment in public institutions, economic development, up to the problems of […]

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Cliff: New elections not to change anything (RTK2)

By   3 hours ago

Ambassador of the Great Britain to Kosovo Ian Cliff argues that political scene in Kosovo is not in crisis, whereas he sees nothing unusual in post-election negotiations which are protracting creation of the government. He also expressed a belief that agreement over the new government will be reached in next couple weeks. “I wouldn’t call […]

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Government guarantees are valid throughout the entire process (Danas)

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Pristina, Mitrovica, Belgrade – Guarantees for detained Serbs from northern Kosovo, submitted by the Government of Serbia on February 10 to EULEX, all international bodies in Kosovo, as well as ambassadors of Quint countries in Belgrade, are valid during the whole procedure. We’ll be seeking of EULEX, which is responsible for the respect of human rights […]

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Ongoing struggle for the souls of Balkan Muslims (Danas)

By   1 day ago

Raising numbers of Kosovo Albanians who are joining Jihad is, for sure, a worrying symptom of radicalization in Balkans, particularly on the territory of former Yugoslavia, along with the foreign influence, which was crucially affected by continuous disruption of the social, political, spiritual and moral values, inspired by shakes and clashes following Yugoslavia’s disintegration. Albanian-Serbian […]

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Serb representatives to boycott Brussels agreement? (Vecernje Novosti)

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The Government against the announced radical measures, because they endanger interest of our people. Political representatives of Serbs from the northern Kosovo will decide today whether they will respond to the recent moves and pressures of EULEX with interruption of implementation of the Brussels agreement. Official Belgrade responds that one should not resort to radical […]

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Dokufest – a documentary film festival putting Kosovo on cultural map (Reuters)

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By Fatos Bytyqi PRIZREN, Kosovo | Aug 21, 2014 (Reuters) – Under a starry sky, young Kosovars take their seats alongside tourists on a platform rising from the shallow Bistrica River that cuts through Prizren, bats darting overhead in the moonlight. Others dangle their legs from the stone riverbank walls – all drawn to the […]

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Kosovo Rivals Take Speaker Row to Constitutional Court (Balkan Insight)

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21 Aug 14 At a Constitutional Court hearing on Thursday, Kosovo’s two main political blocs argued about which of them has the right to nominate the speaker of parliament. Nektar Zogjani BIRN Pristina The court hearing should pave the way for a ruling designed to end a political stalemate in Kosovo over the election of […]

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In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future (JTA)

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By Ron Kampeas, August 20, 2014 1:51pm Israel does not recognize Kosovo. “All civilized nations have recognized Kosovo,” says Votim Demiri, the president of Kosovo’s community of 56 Jews, “but Israel has not.” Six years after the United States recognized Kosovo, the “Kosovo Thanks You” website records every new country to follow suit, most recently […]

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In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future (JTA)

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By Ron KampeasAugust 20, 2014 1:51pm PRISTINA, Kosovo (JTA) – Boxing Club Prishtina is a squat building on a narrow street around the corner from the parliament in the heart of Kosovo’s capital city. Around the corner, a popular Italian restaurant draws the young Western Europeans and Americans in button-down shirts and open-toed heels who […]

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Serbia Hunt for Kosovo War Bodies Inconclusive (Balkan Insight)

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21 Aug 14 Investigators have failed to find more corpses of Kosovo Albanian victims during a renewed search at a quarry in southern Serbia where 45 bodies have already been exhumed. Nektar Zogjani BIRN Pristina The Kosovo government’s missing persons commission told BIRN that the search launched three weeks ago at the Rudnica quarry near […]

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Kosovo Court to Rule on Wrangle Over Speaker (Balkan Insight)

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20 Aug 14 As Kosovo’s post-election deadlock continues, the constitutional court this week will hear more arguments over which political bloc has the right to name the speaker. Nektar Zogjani BIRN Pristina Kosovo’s Constitutional Court is due to hold a hearing session on Thursday when the two major political blocs will present additional arguments on […]

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Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo (AP)

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PRISTINA, Kosovo — NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month. The Ukrainian soldiers will be replaced by additional Hungarian peacekeepers, NATO said in statement Monday. Ukraine has some 160 soldiers serving in the NATO-led peacekeeping force […]

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Planned Hike in Power Price Alarms Kosovars (Balkan Insight)

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15 Aug 14 A proposed rise of 5 per cent in the price of electricity could well galvanize street protests, critics of the measure say Nektar Zogjani BIRN Pristina Consumers in Kosovo will have to pay more for their electricity if the recommendations for a price increase taken by the Energy Regulatory Office are approved. […]

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