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UNMIK Headlines 21 April

By   8 hours ago

Five non-recognizing countries agree to Kosovo’s participation at summit (media)
Tusk: EU, most trusted partner of the Balkans (media)
Independent MPs: “If 49 votes in favor, we will support no-confidence vote” (Zeri)
US State Department: Kosovo faced with corruption and interference in judiciary (media)
Hoxhaj: Hahn told me about firm determination for visa liberalization (RTK)
Police officer in north in critical condition after beaten up (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 April

By   2 days ago

• Assembly unlikely to adopt platform on dialogue (Koha)
• Hoxhaj: Dialogue platform aims to achieve binding agreement (Epoka)
• President Thaci not afraid of special court (Gazeta Express)
• Thaci: Kosovo needs neither Erdogan nor Gulen supporters (RTK/T7)
• Serbian List returns to government over Association/Community (Koha)
• Visa liberalisation assessment team to visit Kosovo in May (Zeri)
• Hoxha: Visa liberalisation for Kosovo, this year (Epoka e Re)
• Deda: No motion of confidence until visa-free travel is granted (Zeri)
• Kosovo Assembly to discuss progress report today (Bota Sot)
• “Higher awareness at UN about sexual violence during Kosovo conflict” (Epoka)
• PM Haradinaj appoints two more deputy ministers (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 April

By   3 days ago

• Haradinaj urges Hahn to include Kosovo in visa liberalisation regime (Zeri)
• Haradinaj to Mogherini: Kosovo has met all visa liberalization criteria (media)
• “Kosovo has excellent relations with Montenegro,” Haradinaj says (media)
• “Kosovo and Macedonia, good example of cooperation” (RTK)
• Kosovo and Bosnia discuss visa-free travel (Koha)
• European Council president Tusk to visit Western Balkans (Kosova Sot)
• Djuric: Pristina to change law and form Association/Community (Zeri)
• Djuric to visit Kosovo on Friday (Kallxo)
• KSF transformation bill to be sent to government on 30 April (Zeri)
• Rama: Kosovo must have its armed forces (Epoka)
• Progress Report highlights many flaws in the Assembly’s work (Koha/Zeri)
• Hoxhaj: UNMIK is an obstacle to Kosovo (RTK)
• Vetevendosje: Government has turned Kosovo into Serbia’s trade colony (media)
• Ilic: Kosovo gets UN seat, Serbs get Association/Community (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 April

By   4 days ago

EC adopts enlargement package and progress reports for Western Balkans (dailies)
Mogherini: Kosovo needs to make more progress (Zeri)
Apostolova: More efforts required for EU integration (Koha Ditore)
Thaci: Kosovars are tired of reports, visa liberalisation as soon as possible (Zeri)
Haradinaj: Kosovo has work to do to fully join EU (RTK)
Opposition requests extraordinary session and elections (Kosova Sot)
Hoxhaj on EU report for Kosovo (Lajmi)
Soltes hopes Kosovo will be granted visa liberalisation (Telegrafi)
Haziri: Motion to bring down the government is not priority at this phase (Epoka)
Skopje removes Haradinaj form the list of wanted by Interpol (Bota Sot)
Pacolli promises new recognitions (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 April

By   5 days ago

• EC Progress Report: Kosovo with limited progress (media)
• EC to confirm in June if visa liberalization criteria are met (Koha)
• Borissov: Kosovo and Serbia cannot join EU without settlement (dailies)
• Assembly session continues today (Koha)
• MePs concerned over deportation of Turkish nationals (RTK)
• Assembly fails to establish commission for expelled Turkish nationals (Epoka)
• Serbian List ultimatum to run out in three days (Zeri)
• Serbs want executive powers for Association/Community (Zeri)
• NATO against Association with executive competencies (RTK)
• DPM Hoxhaj accuses Serbian media of fuelling tensions in Kosovo (Bota Sot)
• Pacolli: KSF will soon become an army (RTK)
• Two MPs threaten to leave ruling coalition citing discrimination (RTK/Telegrafi)
• Istog mayor Haki Rugova indicted (Koha)
• Rikalo sends millions to the north (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 16 April

By   6 days ago

• Kosovo Progress Report: Reforms have slowed down (Koha Ditore)
• Government to submit draft law on Kosovo army by late April (Koha)
• LDK seeks agreement on extraordinary elections (Epoka)
• Pacolli urges Israel to reconsider decision on Kosovo’s independence (Bota Sot)
• Djuric’s arrest clashes Veseli with his Serbian counterpart (Epoka)
• “NATO commends Kosovo Police on Djuric’s arrest” (Bota Sot)
• Dacic: Kosovo at UN only with Serbia’s acceptance (Zeri)
• Lunacek: Association should not have an executive mandate (Zeri)
• WB: Stability and decrease of corruption, key for tackling unemployment (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 April

By   1 week ago

Thaci convinced there will be visa liberalisation this year (RTK)
Ahead of Balkans visit, Mogherini says it’s time for change (Koha)
Bejtush Gashi appointed new interior minister (dailies)
LDK: Kosovo army cannot be formed without international backing (Zeri)
“Appointment of new specialist court chief prosecutor being delayed” (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 April

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj: Constitutional Court must confirm Association’s statute (media)
• Haradinaj leaves appointment of intelligence chief to Thaci (Koha)
• AKI deputy chief to report today on deportation of Turkish nationals (media)
• “Internationals against the prospect of early elections” (Zeri)
• Greece pledges assistance to Kosovo (dailies)
• Hoxhaj: Serbia continues to abuse with INTERPOL (RTK)
• Arifi: Association in accordance with Constitution (Klan Kosova)
• Bulgarian PM to visit Kosovo (dailies)
• Ymeri: We will create a new political party very soon (TV Dukagjini)
• Kosovo authorities to take over case of UNMIK police officers’ murder (Bota Sot)
• Special prosecution raises charges against Pal Lekaj (Epoka)

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    Visa liberalization or fighting elite crime? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Andrea Lorenzo Capussela Kosovars should choose for themselves whether fighting corruption is more important than the privilege of travelling without visas to the EU. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/visa-liberalization-fighting-elite-crime/  

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    Are we nearing the end of Kosovo’s isolation? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Aidan Hehir It is essential to note that the border deal does not now make visa free travel inevitable, but we can only hope that the EU does not make corruption an excuse to legitimize the status quo. See at: http://prishtinainsight.com/nearing-end-kosovos-isolation/    

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    “Ghost Court” Delays Justice for Kosovo War Victims (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles After years of delays, the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague still hasn’t yet started work on prosecuting alleged perpetrators, prolonging the anguish of war victims’ families, says judge Dean B. Pineles. Full article available at: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ghost-court-delays-justice-for-kosovo-war-victims-03-19-2018  

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    Kosovo Serbs Feel Abandoned by Europe (Balkan Insight)

    By   1 month ago

    Antonia Battaglia, researcher and published author, writes in a commentary that the fate of Kosovo Serbs is a test for EU and its efforts to normalise relations between Pristina and Belgrade could fail to bring forward the desired effect, until both EU and local officials take into full account the needs of the Kosovo Serb […]

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    President Juncker’s visit confirms Kosovo’s European perspective (Koha Ditore)

    By   2 months ago

    Op-ed by Nataliya Apostolova, Head of EU Office in Kosovo/EU Special Representative “If we want more stability in our neighbourhood, then we must maintain a credible enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. (…) The European Union will be greater than 27 in number. Accession candidates must give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights […]

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    In Search of Consensus: What is Kosovo’s Red Line? (Koha Ditore)

    By   2 months ago

    In the first part of a series of articles on Pristina-Belgrade dialogue for normalisation of relations, Koha Ditore’s editor-in-chief Agron Bajrami writes:   The dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is currently at a rethinking stage. The European Union sees the process as an important part of its Western Balkans enlargement […]

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    Kosovo Is Europe’s Little Miracle (WSJ)

    By   2 months ago

    In an editorial for Wall Street Journal ahead of the tenth anniversary of Kosovo’s independence, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci writes that there has been amazing progress during this period and that Kosovo has plenty of reasons to celebrate. “But as we take stock of the achievements and challenges our nation faces, we need to […]

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    Balkans: On track for EU membership or stagnation? (Telegrafi)

    By   2 months ago

    Carl Bildt, former Swedish Prime Minister, writes in an opinion piece for the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank that there are three sets of challenges that will have to be overcome if any of the candidate countries are to become EU members in 2025. These include internal reform issues deciding the accession negotiations, reconciliation […]

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      LDK: Government presented weak platform for dialogue with Serbia (RTK,RFE)

      By   1 day ago

      The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), assessed the platform for dialogue with Serbia, presented on Thursday by the government as poor and as a document which does not define issues to be discussed, principal or deadlines. LDK caucus, Avdullah Hoti, expressed dissatisfaction with regards to the leading role that this platform gives to the President […]

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      Kurti: Three criteria to be met before entering dialogue with Serbia (media)

      By   1 day ago

      On the fifth anniversary of the first agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti says the deal laid the groundwork for the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities which, according to him, enables Belgrade to have control over predominantly Serb municipalities in Kosovo. Kurti says that there is unanimous opposition in Kosovo to the establishment […]

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      Kosovo Foreign Ministry grants visit permit to Djuric (media)

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      The Kosovo Foreign Ministry has granted a visit permit to Marko Djuric, head of the Serbian government’s office for Kosovo, most online media report. Djuric, together with Nikola Selakovic, the general secretary of the Office of the Serbian President, will attend a political activity in Mitrovica North today. Media recall that Djuric was detained a […]

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      Serwer: UNMIK cannot block anything, Resolution 1244 is not a problem (media)

      By   1 day ago

      Daniel Serwer, professor of the Practice of Conflict Management, director of the Conflict Management Program and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in an interview to Deutsche Welle, said that the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) cannot block anything in Kosovo and […]

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      Kosovo’s expectations for the final phase of the dialogue: membership at UN (lajmi.net)

      By   2 days ago

      The government of Kosovo endorsed today the platform for the final phase of the dialogue with Serbia. Except for a legally binding agreement which would mean mutual recognition, this platform expects also membership at international organizations and EU integration. Point 4 of this platform, which the news portal claims to possess, notes that legally binding […]

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      Government of Kosovo takes measures to ensure women’s right to property (EO)

      By   2 days ago

      The government of Kosovo has approved an administrative instruction on taking special measures to enable couples to register property under shared ownership. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the instruction will encourage people to share ownership of their property and make more women co-owners.

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      Hoti calls for cleaning up of KLA veterans’ lists (media)

      By   2 days ago

      Head of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) parliamentary group, Avdullah Hoti, said that there can be no justice for Kosovo Liberation Army fighters without all stakeholders providing authentic lists of who took part in the conflict. In a Facebook post, Hoti wrote: “Only once those lists are made public, will the true fighters receive […]

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      Kosovo government adopts platform for dialogue with Serbia (media)

      By   2 days ago

      The Kosovo Government adopted today a platform for dialogue with Serbia, online media report. The government has submitted the platform to the Assembly to review and then adopt it as a resolution. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said the platform is aimed at concluding the final phase of talks between Pristina and Belgrade. “The time has […]

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        Đurić in Kosovska Mitrovica and Banjska today (radiomitrovicasever.com)

        By   1 day ago

        Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić will visit Kosovska Mitrovica and Banjska today. Đurić will visit two residential buildings in the Bošnjak mahala settlement, which were built in order to provide the housing to young married couples with children and socially vulnerable population from the territory of the municipality of Kosovska […]

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        Language barriers, poor translation of laws, lack of interpreters major judiciary issues, six months after integration (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   1 day ago

        Language barriers, incorrect translation of laws and insufficient number of interpreters are still the biggest issues affecting the work of the judiciary in the north of Kosovo, six months after implementation of the Agreement on Judiciary, Kontakt plus radio reported. Taking into consideration that everything started from a scratch, the efficiency is expected at a […]

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        Law on women’s property rights advanced, but not implemented (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   1 day ago

        Kosovo law on women’s property rights is very advanced, but its non-implementation in the practice is an issue, participants in a debate organized in EU Info Centre in Mitrovica North agreed, Kontakt plus radio reported. Ruzica Simic, Director of NGO “Zensko parvo” said women in accordance with the law, have equal rights to property, however, […]

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        “Announcements of independent ZSO establishment political marketing” (KIM radio)

        By   1 day ago

        Despite numerous statements and messages that Srpska Lista would independently initiate the establishment of the Association/Community of Serb-Majority Municipalities on April 20th, it has however decided to wait, KIM Radio reports today. This is not first time that Srpska Lista announces and then pulls back from independent establishment of the ZSO. Although ZSO has been […]

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        Ministry for Communities and Returns presented paper on profiling displaced persons (KIM Radio)

        By   1 day ago

        The Ministry for Communities and Returns presented a final paper aiming to profile displaced persons. During the presentation it was noted there is a need for a better regional coordination among responsible institutions, KIM Radio reported. The paper provides information on the needs of displaced persons such as access to health care, protection, incomes. Upon […]

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        “Serbia in EU focus as it is seen as factor of stability” (RTS)

        By   1 day ago

        The entire region is at a crossroad and it is expected certain open issues to be closed. For Serbia it is the normalization of relations with Pristina, Centre for Foreign Policy Director, Aleksandra Joksimovic told RTS. According to Joksimovic often visits of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini to Serbia and other countries in the […]

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        Vucic and Mogherini “don’t agree on everything” (B92, BETA)

        By   1 day ago

        Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on Thursday afternoon in Belgrade with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who on a tour of the region. Vucic told a joint press conference that he talked with Mogherini about EU accession negotiations chapters, both those where Serbia has made progress, and those where the European Commission says no […]

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        “We won’t establish ZSO alone, we will wait” (TV N1, KIM Radio)

        By   2 days ago

        Assistant Director of the Serbian Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Petar Petkovic said today during a meeting in Zvecan that Serbs would wait for three and a half months more to establish the Association/Community of Serb-Majority Municipalities. In the meeting with Serb political representatives from Kosovo and members of the Management Team, Petkovic said Serbs […]

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          Serbian President Woos World Leaders Over Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Aleksandar Vucic has undertaken a frenetic diplomatic offensive lately – pressing Serbia’s case in its worsening feud with Kosovo on a range of world leaders. Serbian President Vucic has embarked on a relentless round of diplomatic meetings in recent weeks to lobby for Serbian interests in its long-term dispute with and over Kosovo. His meetings […]

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          Key findings of the 2018 European Commission Report on Kosovo (European Western Balkans)

          By   3 days ago

          BRUSSELS – The European Commission published today the country reports for the six Western Balkans states and Turkey. Here we present the key findings in the country report on Kosovo. Political criteria Kosovo held early elections in June 2017. A new Assembly and government took office in September. So far, however, the new ruling coalition […]

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          Kosovo bank reportedly freezes FETO-linked accounts (Anadolu Agency)

          By   3 days ago

          A bank in Kosovo has suspended some private bank accounts linked to FETO, the terror group behind the defeated 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, according to local media reports in the Balkan nation. Kallxo.com, a website monitoring corruption, said that some employees of Mehmet Akif College, a high school known for its affiliation with the […]

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          Kosovo’s Female Survivors Want Justice for All (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 days ago

          Female survivors from a village where 241 ethnic Albanians were killed in 1999 said the new Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers should punish the guilty, whatever their ethnicity – but Serbs must not escape justice. Nora Ahmetaj Pristina Almost 20 years after the Kosovo war, female survivors still face a whole range of unresolved problems – […]

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          France wants EU expansion freeze amid Balkans war warning (The Washington Post)

          By   4 days ago

          French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday ruled out any expansion of the European Union until the bloc is reformed, as a top EU official warned that the volatile Balkans could face a return to war if countries in the region have no hope of joining. The Balkans spiraled into conflict in the 1990s as former […]

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          Kosovo Tax Administration uncovers evasion scheme in the north (Pristina Insight)

          By   4 days ago

          Kosovo Tax Administration inspectors have discovered a tax evasion scheme involving multiple businesses in northern and southern Kosovo.  The Kosovo Tax Administration, ATK, has uncovered a network of Albanian and Serb businesses collaborating in a tax evasion scheme, suspected to have emptied the public purse of millions of euros. Raiding shell companies in northern Kosovo […]

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          Scenarios to end Kosovo and Serbia’s frozen conflict (Deutsche Welle)

          By   1 week ago

          An armed conflict between Serbia and Kosovo is possible if their EU perspectives fade, a group of Balkan experts has said. But there are other more positive outcomes to ties between Belgrade and Pristina. https://bit.ly/2GUW4yL

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          Don’t wait for the Western Balkans to blow up again. The U.S. and the E.U. must act. (The Washington Post)

          By   1 week ago

          It has been more than two decades since I worked with Richard Holbrooke and our team to negotiate an end to the war in Bosnia. NATO deployed and then acted to halt Serb ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. Today, three Western Balkan states (Croatia, Albania and Slovenia) have become members of NATO. Croatia and Slovenia have […]

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