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U.S. Envoy Urges Balkan States To Guard Against Russian Influence Efforts (RFE)

By   /  25/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A top U.S. diplomat on May 24 urged Balkan nations to guard against efforts by Russia to increase its influence in the region and undermine ties with the West. “We, of course, remain hopeful that Russia will play a constructive role in the Balkans, as it has in the past, but we must remain vigilant, […]

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Thaci: Kosovo to have stable, pro-European and multiethnic government (RTK)

By   /  25/05/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said in an interview for Austrian daily Salzburger Nachrichten that he would like to see Brussels more engaged in the Western Balkans region but that he was not expecting any “miracles” from the meeting between the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Western Balkans leaders. Asked about visa liberalisation, […]

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OSCE Broadcast 22 May

By   /  23/05/2017  /  OSCE broadcast report  /  No Comments

• Over 20 persons with indictments in lists of political parties (KTV)
• Two coalitions continue campaigning before official electoral campaign (KTV)
• Mustafa: PDK hindered visa liberalisation process (KTV)
• Veseli: Let us talk to Montenegrin part about demarcation (RTK&KTV)
• Court confirms suspension of Kurti’s arrest warrant (KTV)
• IMC stops debates of electoral nature, Haxhiu reacts (Klan Kosova)
• Children’s rights violated in PDK’s political video clip (KTV)
• Leposavic/Leposaviq mayor forced out of his office (Klan Kosova)
• Around 370 diplomas issued in Mitrovica/Mitrovicë north verified (Klan Kosova)
• Stojanovic: Politics complicate return process (RTK2)
• Austria will continue supporting Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, TV21)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 May

By   /  23/05/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• PDK and LDK did not envisage pay raise until 2020 (Koha Ditore)
• Competition is done by political programs not by war or peace wings (Epoka)
• CEC does not extend deadline for Diaspora voters (Koha Ditore)
• Political parties do not respect official terms for election campaign (Epoka)
• IMC bans media from airing election debates (dailies)
• Haradinaj: We will create the army during the first 90 days of work (RTK)
• Thaci in Vienna: We do not seek confrontation with EU (Koha Ditore)
• O’Connell: I would not vote candidates with indictments (Gazeta Metro)

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OSCE Broadcast 21 May

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• Haradinaj and Mustafa clash in distance (KTV)
• Ymeri cancels Kurti’s arrest warrant, judge denies (KTV)
• Serb candidates for MP guarantee non-establishment of Kosovo Army (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Ivanovic: Division of Kosovo Serbs suits enemies (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Expatriates face difficulties registering as voters for 11 June elections (KTV)
• Women discriminated in job vacancies (KTV)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 May

By   /  22/05/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

Parties don’t heed appeals to ‘clean’ election ballots (Koha Ditore)
PDK and LDK continue to keep their ballots under wraps (Zeri)
Daka: Problems with diaspora voters due to snap elections (Koha Ditore)
Veseli: Elections called because of government’s lack of vision (Zeri)
Kurti presents Vetevendosje’s political programme (dailies)
Haradinaj promises visa liberalisation in three months’ time (Kosova Sot)
Pacolli: With Vetevendosje after elections (Zeri)
“Serbian List would prevent creation of Kosovo’s army” (Lajmi)
Apostolova: Kosovo decides on whether to renegotiate demarcation (RTK)
Thaci travels to Austria to meet President Van der Bellen (RTK)

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Kurti: Dialogue with Serbia to be based on reciprocity principle (KTV)

By   /  19/05/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Vetevendosje’s candidate for prime minister, Albin Kurti, said in an interview with KTV that if elected he would not continue talks with Serbia in the same way as in the past and that he would work on establishing direct talks with Kosovo Serbs. “We would not stop dialogue with Serbia but our government would have […]

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UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks (EurActiv)

By   /  19/05/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The chief of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session (16 May). http://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/un-officials-concerned-over-belgrade-pristina-talks/

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UNMIK Headlines 18 May

By   /  18/05/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

“Guns vs. Roses” election battle (Koha Ditore/Epoka e Re)
“War wing” aims over 50 percent of votes (Epoka e Re)
No coalition agreement reached between LDK and Vetevendosje (dailies)
U.S. reiterates: Support uncorrupt candidates (Zeri)
100 observers from the EU will be monitoring elections (Epoka e Re)
IMF advises parties not to promise pay raise during election campaign (Koha)

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Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West (Balkan Insight)

By   /  18/05/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

Bodo Weber from the Berlin-based Democratization Policy Council writes in an op-ed for Balkan Insight that it is time for the West to come up with a master plan to counter the “feigning commitment” of leaders in Pristina and Belgrade towards the dialogue for normalization of relations. “The frequency of parallel elections in Kosovo and […]

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OSCE Broadcast 17 May

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• Use of information technology in elections discussed (Klan Kosova & RTK1)
• Vetëvendosje runs alone in elections (KTV)
• VV: If our program is accepted, there can be cooperation with LDK and AKR (KTV)
• EU to send 100 observers for 11 June elections (Klan Kosova)
• Three civil society activists join LDK (KTV)
• LDK takes revenge against Bulliqi (RTK1)

- Veseli: PDK-AAK-Nisma coalition at citizens’ interests (Summary of RTK – Monitor show)

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Haradinaj: No room in Kosovo for association of Serb municipalities (Insajderi)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Ramush Haradinaj, leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AAK) and candidate for prime minister from the coalition with the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and the Initiative for Kosovo (NISMA), said at a memorial ceremony in the village of Jabllanica that he would use the trust given by the citizens and the […]

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