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Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is necessary (BIRN)

By   /  15/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust – and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future. “The key word today in Kosovo is trust, which has to be built both between the two communities and towards [state] institutions,” Dalibor Jevtic, […]

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Kosovo Prosecutor Drops Extradition Case Over Alleged Turkey Coup Links (Reuters, USnews)

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – A Kosovo prosecutor withdrew his bid on Thursday to extradite a Turkish citizen accused by Turkey of being part of a group linked to a failed coup there in 2016, saying Ankara had not provided enough evidence to back the case. Ugur Toksoy was arrested in October at the request of prosecutors […]

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Kosovo Extradition of Wanted Turkish ‘Gulenist’ Suspended (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo’s prosecution withdrew its request to a Pristina court to allow the extradition of Ugur Toksoy, a teacher wanted by Turkey for alleged links to the so-called Gulen movement, suspending the procedure. Kosovo prosecutor Ali Rexha on Thursday withdrew his request for the court to allow the extradition of Turkish citizen Ugur Toksoy, who was […]

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Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain Future (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses. On windswept Little Zvecan Hill, overlooking the town of Mitrovica in the north of Kosovo, protected by a barbed-wire fence and […]

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US Urges Serbia to Tackle Kosovo Massacre Cover-Up (BalkanInsight)

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The US State Department said that those responsible for moving the bodies of Kosovo Albanian civilians killed in the 1999 war to mass graves in Serbia should be brought to justice. The US State Department said on Tuesday that it has brought a report by the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre NGO about the cover-up of […]

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Kosovo Urged to Increase Aid to Wartime Rape Victims (Balkan Insight)

By   /  13/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo will offer reparations to survivors of wartime sexual violence, but an Amnesty International report warns that the law doesn’t do enough to help them and that access to justice remains limited A new report published by human rights organisation Amnesty International on Wednesday says that the Kosovo’s new reparations law, which will enter into […]

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US wants $250 mn cut to UN budget (ABS-CBN News, AFP)

By   /  13/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

UNITED NATIONS – The United States is seeking a $250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of $200 million in savings already proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, diplomats said Tuesday. The budget is under negotiations in a General Assembly committee which is expected to adopt it […]

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Macedonia’s Zaev set to warm up ties with Greece, Kosovo (AP)

By   /  12/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Macedonia’s prime minister reiterated his will on Tuesday to reach a solution with Greece following more than two decades of disputes over his country’s name. Zoran Zaev said Macedonian and Greek officials were working “to reconfirm their will of resuming essential talks … to reach a solution.” Zaev, in power since […]

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‘EU must recognize historic opportunity to solve Kosovo issue’ (Deutsche Welle)

By   /  11/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Solving the conflict between Serbia and Kosovo requires frank talks, says Austrian Balkans expert Wolfgang Petritsch. He believes Brussels must prioritize the relations of the western Balkan states with the EU. DW: Mr. Petritsch, you say we are today presented with a historic opportunity to solve the Kosovo issue. What do you mean? Wolfgang Petritsch: […]

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Brussels is back into the Balkans, if selectively (Politico)

By   /  11/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The European Union wants to show it still cares about the Balkans, but not everyone is feeling the love. Brussels has been accused for years of not paying enough attention to the six Western Balkan countries that want to join the bloc. After taking office in 2014, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker declared the EU would […]

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Western Balkan Leaders Vow To Deepen Ties As World Bank Offers Aid (RFE)

By   /  08/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The World Bank has offered $200 million in loans to promote economic integration in the Western Balkans as leaders of the region vowed to deepen ties and work together toward joining the European Union. The announcements from the World Bank and Western Balkan leaders came at a high-level conference on December 7 in Sofia at […]

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Kosovo adds dissonance to Balkan cacophony (Euractiv)

By   /  08/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The visit to Belgrade by the three members of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s presidency was expected to warm up relations between the two countries, which had soured after the Bosniak presidency member said his country should recognise Kosovo, Serbia’s former province. That statement hit a raw nerve in Serbia, which refuses to acknowledge the independence Kosovo declared in […]

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