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UNMIK Headlines 14 July

By   2 days ago

• Kosovo leaders to meet EU High Representative Mogherini (media)
• Thaci: Russian position in line with Kosovo-Serbia agreement (Koha)
• Delawie calls for consensus team for dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Hoxhaj: KSF ready to transform into army (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 July

By   3 days ago

• Haradinaj: Merkel told me more work to be done on visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• Opposition calls for extraordinary assembly session on negotiating team (Koha)
• AAK MPs: Dialogue should not resume without visa liberalisation (RTK)
• Haradinaj meets leaders of the Serbian List (RTK)
• Haradinaj criticized for meeting Serbian List officials (Epoka e Re/Bota Sot)
• Deda: Thaci discussing partition of Kosovo (Zeri)
• Serb members that left KSF no longer receiving salaries (Kosova Sot)
• Vulin to Zaev: There is no Kosovo, only Serbia (RTK)
• Russia has not changed its position on Kosovo (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 July

By   4 days ago

• Thaci and Vucic to meet on 18 July (Lajmi)
• Thaci calls for unity, warns opposition it cannot block dialogue (Koha/Klan K.)
• Negotiating team set up, no opposition representatives in it (Koha Ditore)
• No date set for upcoming round of Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (Zeri)
• Statute for the Association to be submitted to Brussels (Epoka)
• Fajon: EU has to be assured that Kosovo is ready for liberalization (Kosova Sot)
• Haziri: LDK’s position has evolved, elections before talks (Telegrafi)
• Tahiri: President should lead the dialogue (Epoka)
• Albanian PM Rama hopes on full recognition of Kosovo (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 11 July

By   5 days ago

• Haradinaj: We need a political ceasefire with Serbia (Koha)
• Prosecution: Serbs were released as police evidence was not sufficient (Koha)
• In London, Kosovo PM Haradinaj meets British PM May (media)
• Haradinaj requests Merkel’s help on visas, dialogue and army (Epoka)
• Haradinaj meets Austrian Chancellor Kurz (RTK)
• Pacolli to FT: Kosovo can join EU by 2025 (RTK)
• “Report for assessment of criteria for visas, has not concluded yet” (Kallxo.com)
• Draft statute for Association/Community, ‘unconstitutional’ (Zeri)
• Ireland supports Kosovo’s membership in EU, UN (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 10 July

By   6 days ago

• Another blow to visa liberalization process (Koha)
• Hahn: We will keep our promise, decision on visas before summer (Koha)
• Thaci: Avramopoulos confirmed good news on visas soon (media)
• Thaci meets Medvedev (media)
• Vucic and Thaci had a short discussion in Ankara (RTK)
• Pacolli: It is time for final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (Epoka)
• Concerns raised over delay of visa liberalisation recommendation (Zeri)
• Thaci: Resignations of Serb KSF members, organised (RFE)
• Withdrawal of Serbs from KSF, Serbia’s destabilizing scenario (Koha)
• KSF Commander: Serbs’ withdrawal doesn’t affect KSF transformation (Epoka)
• Veseli: Let Mustafa take the lead of dialogue with Serbia (Zeri)
• Haradinaj seeks UK’s support for Kosovo army (Zeri)
• Kurti: “Pseudo opposition” keeping the government alive (Zeri)
• Gashi: Terrorism and extremism, main security threats (Epoka)
• Cohu opposes Hoxha’s selection as new Constitutional Court member (Zeri)
• Trepca miners enter general strike (Kosova Sot/RFE)
• Reporter investigating Ivanovic assassination, brutally beaten (Indeksonline)

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UNMIK Headlines 9 July

By   7 days ago

• Collaku: There will be no agreement on amnesty of war crimes (Express)
• Haradinaj: No amnesty for war crimes (Koha)
• Veseli reacts to Vucic’s statement on “secret” reports about Kosovo (Express)
• Ruling coalition supports Thaci’s lead role in dialogue (Epoka)
• Opposition, uncoordinated on dialogue with Serbia (Koha)
• Efforts underway to convince LDK to support dialogue with Serbia (Zeri)
• Dittmann: Germany will not get involved in Pristina-Belgrade dialogue (Zeri)
• President Thaci to attend Erdogan’s inauguration (Epoka)
• London plans to step up presence and engagement in the Balkans (Koha)
• Vucic: We wouldn’t not want Serbs shooting at each other (media)
• Hodzic: No civil registry books handed over to Mitrovica North (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 7 July

By   1 week ago

• Collaku: There will be no agreement on amnesty of war crimes (Express)
• Different positions among Western countries on Kosovo-Serbia dialogue (Koha)
• Finland encourages Kosovo to reach agreement with Serbia (Kosovapress)
• “Attempts to damage the image of KSF” (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 6 July

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj: Serb KSF members facing direct pressure from Belgrade (media)
• A Serb member: I was forced to leave KSF (RFE/Kosova Sot)
• War time amnesty, part of Kosovo – Serbia agreement (Koha)
• “Serbia should recognize Kosovo, otherwise EU does not accept it” (Kosova Sot)
• Pacolli rejects claims Papua New Guinea has revoked recognition (Klan Kosova)
• Minister Hoxha visits Germany to rally support for visa liberalisation (Zeri)
• Haradinaj: The €53 million were created by Mustafa’s government (Epoka)
• Assembly to vote on Constitutional Court judges today (Zeri)
• Panelists suggest conflict related sexual violence be included in dialogue (dailies)
• Philip S. Kosnett to succeed Delawie as new US ambassador in Pristina (media)
• Gashi calls for implementation of anti-terror strategy (Epoka)

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    It is time to ditch the Berlin Process (European Western Balkans)

    By   5 days ago

    Op-ed by Florian Bieber, professor at the University of Graz and coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). Bieber will be a speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London […]

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    Could Ex-President Nikolic be Serbia’s Comeback Kid? (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Milan Simurdic If Serbia’s path towards the EU hits a blockage and the country shifts toward Russia and China, former president Tomislav Nikolic could conceivably stage a political resurrection. One year after he left the presidential office, Serbia’s former head of state, Tomislav Nikolic, is far from the public horizon. He did, however, take […]

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    The fault in our textbooks (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Plator Gashi Gender-based violence and inequality are no news in Kosovo, but perhaps we need to look back to our children’s school books to find the culprit. See at: https://prishtinainsight.com/the-fault-in-our-textbooks/

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    No room for maneuver (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    Bodo Weber, senior associate with the Democratization Policy Council, writes in an op-ed that the EU, Serbia and Kosovo need to “get their act together” as the new stage of dialogue for normalisation of relations leaves n”no room for maneuver”. Weber argues that there are two possible outcomes from the negotiations process: either a major […]

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    Why we need to stabilise the Western Balkans (EurActiv)

    By   2 months ago

    Martina Larkin, head of Europe and Eurasia and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, writes that as Europe is confronted by different visions about its future, the question is how these visions will affect the Western Balkans. Larkin argues for the need to ensure a sustainable, long-term development of the […]

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    Columnist Zoran Pavic: Vokrri (Danas)

    By   2 months ago

    By Zoran Pavic No, it is not true that the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo banned a football game of humanitarian character in Gracanica between the same club and the Red Star from Belgrade, although he had given himself an important role in the past days. First of all because it sounds more than […]

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    Kosovo’s Medicus Case: Bad Omen for Rule of Law (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: Dean B. Pineles Six years of efforts to deliver justice were wasted when the defendants convicted in the Medicus organ-trafficking case were inexplicably sent for retrial, says a judge who served on the original trial panel. On April 17, the European Commission released its lengthy and detailed report on Kosovo for 2018. As a […]

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    Visa liberalization or fighting elite crime? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 months 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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      Pacolli to BBC: I told Dacic I am building you are destroying (Klan Kosova)

      By   3 days ago

      Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behxhet Pacolli considers that the war to withdraw Kosovo’s recognitions is “absolutely crazy.” He also told BBC that he has engaged a group within the Ministry that he leads to work on increasing the number of recognitions of Kosovo. He further spoke about the efforts of the Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic […]

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      Haradinaj, Veseli, Apostolova meet to discuss public administration reform (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj had a meeting today with Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli and Head of EU Office in Kosovo Nataliya Apostolova and discussed recent political developments and particularly the public administration reform. Haradinaj said the reforms process needs to be completed in optimal time. In a Facebook post, he wrote: “Institutions of […]

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      Delawie: Transparency, best way to fight corruption (Zeri)

      By   3 days ago

      The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, said at the launch of the Millennium Challenge Corporation “Dig Data” project that transparency is the best tool in the fight against corruption and that the citizens should continue seeking data from the institutions and trough the “Dig Data” project creatively use them.

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      Veseli: We expect positive recommendation on visa liberalization next week (Epoka)

      By   3 days ago

      Kosovo Assembly President, Kadri Veseli, said he was confident that by the end of the year Kosovo citizens will be able to travel without visas in the EU. He also said the European Commission is expected to make a positive recommendation on visa liberalization next week. “Our people expect the European Union to make a […]

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      US Secretary of Defense to visit Kosovo for first time (Koha)

      By   3 days ago

      The US Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is expected to begin a Western Balkans tour at the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Brussels. In his first visit to the region, Secretary Mattis will make stops in Croatia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

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      President backs down, he now claims there are red lines for Serbia (Gazeta Express)

      By   3 days ago

      The President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci said after his visit to the “Kivo” factory in Kacanik that there are red lines even on the final phase of the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. According to him, this process should conclude with a historic, legally binding agreement for both parties, with mutual recognition as final result. […]

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      Thaci, Haradinaj, Veseli meet to discuss dialogue with Serbia (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Online media reported that President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, and Assembly Speaker Kadri Veseli met this morning to discuss dialogue with Serbia and coordinate steps. The meeting took place in President Thaci’s office and comes after the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini announced that the next meeting between Kosovo and Serbia […]

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      AAK officially part of the negotiating team in the dialogue with Serbia (Lajmi.net)

      By   3 days ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj spoke today about the negotiating team of the dialogue, saying that it would be good if all political parties were involved and he confirmed that the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) will be part of the negotiating team. However he stressed that AAK will not be […]

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        Odalovic: No clear signal from Pristina (N1)

        By   3 days ago

        Belgrade does not know what Pristina is going to do in the next stage of the dialogue on normalizing relations, a senior Serbian Foreign Ministry official said on Friday. Foreign Ministry General Secretary Veljko Odalovic said that ”it’s obvious that there is no clear signal from Pristina about the dialogue”. ”We don’t know what will […]

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        Courts in northern Kosovo are still not working in full capacity (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   3 days ago

        The integrated justice system in northern Kosovo is not fully functional even after six months and citizens face many problems because of it.  According to the research of the Advocacy Centre for the Democratic Culture (ACDC), Courts do not have citizens’ trust and still do not work in its full capacity, reports Kontakt plus radio. […]

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        Drecun: Elections if people say no in Kosovo issue popular vote (N1)

        By   3 days ago

        The head of Serbia’s Parliament Kosovo Committee said that a final stage of Belgrade – Pristina dialogue was approaching and that the diplomatic activities should increase, adding that Serbia would not allow Kosovo to become a UN member. Milovan Drecun, of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), added that the final status discussion demanded a […]

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        Serbian FM Dacic in Mozambique (N1)

        By   3 days ago

        Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met with his Mozambican counterpart Jose Condungua Pacheco and a group of business people in that country’s capital Maputo. The two ministers said their countries’ could renew economic, political, military and cooperation in education after a long break and recalled the support the people of Mozambique enjoyed from Yugoslavia during […]

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        Pristina PM talks about security issues with Kosovo Serbs (N1, Kossev)

        By   3 days ago

        Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj discussed on Thursday an overall situation in Kosovo, especially security issues, with the leaders of local Serbs, his cabinet said in a statement carried by Kossev website. Goran Rakic, the President of the Serb List party, supported by Belgrade, and Milan Radoicic, his deputy, were present in the meeting. “The […]

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        Financial Times: Bigger carrot and bigger stick will fix Balkans (B92, Beta)

        By   3 days ago

        The Western Balkans Summit in London this week achieved little in advancing the region’s EU prospects, the Financial Times writes. And this is true despite the gathering “delivering warm words and worthy initiatives,” said an opinion piece entitled, “EU’s waning influence opens a dangerous vacuum in the Balkans,” cited on Thursday by Beta agency. According […]

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        Djuric: The Management Team will meet all obligations regarding the Statute (RTK2, FoNet, Danas)

        By   4 days ago

        Director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric says to Belgrade based daily Politika that the Serbian Management team will fulfil its obligations regarding the proposal of the Statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) and that this document will be presented to the mixed committee in Brussels, Serbian media […]

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        Stefanovic: Arrest of Serbs a part of pressure on the Kosovo Serbs (TV Prva, NMagazin, N1, RTK2)

        By   4 days ago

        The recent arrests of Serbs in Kosovo are part of the pressure on the local Serbs, Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told Belgrade based TV Prva on Thursday, reports Serbian media. According to the minister, the Serbs are being pressured into accepting the forming of a Kosovo military and into considering whether there is […]

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          Hahn: Regional cooperation crucial for Western Balkans’ EU path (European Western Balkans)

          By   5 days ago

          EWB interview with Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Hahn will be a keyonote speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London on 10 July, at the margins of the […]

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          Serbia could face penalty after row with Kosovo slows Europe’s clocks again (Reuters, Euronews)

          By   6 days ago

          European power grid lobby ENTSO-E warned on Monday it could suspend Serbia unless it quickly resolves a dispute with its former province Kosovo which has again made some digital clocks on the continent run slow. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E), which groups grid operators from 26 countries, said that digital clocks […]

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          Catherine Ashton: EU must be clear that membership is the outcome for WB states (European Western Balkans)

          By   6 days ago

          According to Catherine Ashton, Senior Adviser at Chatham House and the former EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (2009-14), the European Union needs to be clear that membership will be the outcome for Western Balkan countries if they undergo the neccesary reforms. Ms. Ashton, who will be a keyonote […]

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          With Serbia and Kosovo both vying for EU membership, the question remains: who won the war? (The Independent)

          By   1 week ago

          In theory, both sides must observe each other’s ‘rights’ – which means that Serbia must recognise Kosovo – because Brussels is not going to have two hostile members joining its hygienic ranks. Who won the war? There are a few ruins left from the Nato bombing of 1998, and outside the parliament building in Belgrade […]

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          Kosovo premier complains of Serb pressure on security forces (Washington Post)

          By   2 weeks ago

          By Associated PressJuly 5 at 6:10 AM PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister is complaining that Serbia is using “pressure and blackmail” to persuade ethnic Serbs to resign from the security forces. https://wapo.st/2lTPuM7

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          Kosovo Opposition Snub Invite to Talks on Dialogue (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Kosovo opposition parties have dismissed President Hashim Thaci’s call for them to join talks on the negotiating team and platform with Serbia – saying he lacks the legitimacy to lead such talks. https://bit.ly/2NmFqbc

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          Albanians’ Rights in Serbia Must Not be Ignored (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic last weekend began the so-called final phase of the Kosovo-Serbia talks in Brussels, which should conclude with a “comprehensive” and “legally binding” agreement for both countries. While both sides often say that ‘compromises’ will have to be made, there have been no mentions of what these […]

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          Kosovo Public Sector Unions Oppose Proposed Pay Grades (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 weeks ago

          Unions in Kosovo have voiced discontent over the way a new law on levelling salaries has graded the pay of various tiers in the public sector. Amid an ongoing debate in Kosovo over the pay of the Prime Minister, which Ramush Haradinaj has doubled, the government is meeting union discontent over a new Law on […]

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