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UNMIK Headlines 24 November

By   6 hours ago

• Ruling coalition MPs walk out of Assembly session because of EULEX (media)
• Trendafilova: There are still no indictments raised by Special Court (media)
• Tahiri requests fair and transparent process from Special Court (Epoka)
• Thaci: Kosovo’s future is in NATO and EU (Zeri)
• PM Haradinaj calls for resolution of politically-motivated murders (media)
• ECAP decides on vote recount in Pristina and Prizren (Koha)
• Vetevendosje to address Supreme Court on vote recount today (RTK)
• Kosovo to chair CEFTA in 2018 (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 23 November

By   1 day ago

• Haradinaj: No compromise on decentralization over visa liberalization (media)
• Winners in 5 municipalities, incl Pristina and Prizren, to be known today (Koha)
• Mustafa: Vote recount will confirm winner in Pristina (Klan Kosova)
• Tahiri: Vetevendosje will suffer defeat in Pristina and Prizren (Zeri)
• “Unity Team should represent Kosovo in talks with Serbia” (Epoka)
• Thaci received at House of Representatives of Canadian Parliament (media)
• Canada concerned over “Russia’s impact on Kosovo” (RTK)
• Court issues arrest warrants for Vetevendosje MPs (media)
• UN tribunal sentences Ratko Mladic to life in jail (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 22 November

By   2 days ago

• Haradinaj: Parliament will bring down demarcation deal (Klan Kosova)
• Special Court chief will not meet Thaci, Veseli or Haradinaj (Koha)
• “War” over Pristina (Zeri)
• Haziri: LDK will govern Pristina again (Epoka)
• Haradinaj requests support of Japan on UNESCO membershjip (Epoka)
• Pacolli meets Engel, requests support on new recognitions (Epoka)
• Police are searching for Albin Kurti (Kallxo)
• Serbian media report another withdrawal of Kosovo recognition (Kosova Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 November

By   3 days ago

• LDK wants vote recount in Pristina (media)
• The local revolution (Zeri)
• President Thaci comments on Sunday’s mayoral runoff elections (Bota Sot)
• Veseli: I assume responsibility, be in defeat or victory (media)
• Haliti: Being too long in power affected the results (Epoka)
• PDK announces internal elections (media)
• DiA says run-off elections met democratic standards (Epoka)
• President of Specialist Chambers to visit Kosovo on Thursday (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 November

By   4 days ago

• Media coverage on mayoral run-off elections
• CEC: Voter turnout, 38.1 percent (media)
• Haradinaj pledges to cooperate with all new mayors (media)
• Delawie: Elections, sign of Kosovo’s democratic maturity (media)
• EU EOM chief positively assesses election process (Kosovapress)
• Haradinaj to EU: Some countries are being privileged, delays on Kosovo (Epoka)
• U.S. Congressman Engel meets Assembly President Veseli (Epoka)
• United Kingdom sends note of protest to Suriname (Zeri)
• Government to hold ceremonial meeting in honor of Eliot Engel (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 November

By   6 days ago

• Law on army initiated (Koha)
• Kocijancic: It is not true that Mogherini left meeting with Haradinaj (Zeri)
• Serwer: Trump should intervene urgently to save peace in Balkans (media)
• Vucic likes idea for Serbia to recognize Kosovo and remain in joint union (Telegrafi)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 November

By   1 week ago

Mogherini assesses dialogue has entered a new phase (Epoka)
U.S. general: KFOR to remain in Kosovo (Kosova Sot)
“Municipality to annul decision giving land to Orthodox Church” (Koha)
Çeku: The only obstacle for creation of army is the Serbian List (Lajmi)
EULEX claims judge Simmons was under investigation (Lajmi)
Limaj proposes former EULEX judge, Simmons, to testify in his case (Koha) 

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UNMIK Headlines 16 November

By   1 week ago

• Border demarcation not in Haradinaj’s Brussels agenda (RTV21/Telegrafi)
• Collaku: Only ratification of demarcation ends isolation (media)
• Findings on demarcation require further analysis (Epoka)
• Foggo: Border demarcation to be resolved through productive dialogue (RTK)
• SL cuts off communication with Thaci under Belgrade’s directives (RFE/Zeri)
• Vucic implies difficult decisions on Kosovo (media)
• Stoltenberg: Changes to KSF mandate only according to Constitution (Koha)

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    Five takeaways from the mayoral runoffs in Kosovo (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 days ago

    By: Blerim Vela The key factors for performance in Sunday’s mayoral runoff elections were candidate choice, local coalitions, campaign and media rhetoric, and rural-urban polarization. On November 19, voters in 19 Kosovo municipalities voted in mayoral runoff elections. The preliminary results were published by the Kosovo Central Election Commission, CEC, before midnight and offered no […]

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    Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice (BIRN)

    By   1 week ago

    By: Shkelzen Gashi The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals. The majority of people in Kosovo believe that the Special Court is an unfair creation, but the blame for its establishment, […]

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    The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is Just ‘Lose-lose’ (Balkan Insight)

    By   2 weeks ago

    By: Haki Abazi Both countries, and both people, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photops in Brussels. In the international school of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations are approached from a “win-win” theory. However, despite the terrible wars and conflicts that the […]

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    Kosovo and Catalonia Have Little in Common (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Chema Arraiza Catalonia’s recent declaration of independence has prompted many to draw comparisons with events in Kosovo – but closer analysis shows the two cases are very different. The Spanish government has taken direct control of Catalonia in the past few days in order to quell its bid for independence. Serbia’s government made a […]

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    Suriname Triggers New Phase in Kosovo Recognition Battle (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: James Ker-Linsday The apparent decision of a Latin American state to revoke its recognition of Kosovo shows the diplomatic struggle over Serbia’s former province is far from over. It is hard to believe that it has been almost a decade since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, on 17 February 2008. At the time, it […]

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    Kosovo led to Catalonia. But West won’t admit it (RT)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Nebojsa Malic The same countries that cheered when Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union broke up and insisted on ‘independent Kosovo’ now say Catalonia’s declaration of independence is unacceptable. But they wrote the rules the Catalans are now following. On Friday, the Catalan parliament declared independence from Spain. Madrid has refused to recognize the declaration. […]

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    Which is the biggest political party in Kosovo? (Prishtina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Mehdi Sejdiu In Kosovo, local elections do not necessarily reflect the trends set by the general elections; a party could fail at the national level, but be very successful at the municipal level. The biggest surprise of the local elections held on October 22 was that Vetevendosje did not manage to surprise us again. […]

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    Internalizing courage, unlearning entitlement (Pristina Insight)

    By   4 weeks ago

    By: Shqipe Gjocaj Our greatest task as feminists is for men to unlearn the entitlement they feel towards women’s bodies, and for women to internalize courage. I remember struggling with sexual harassment ever since I started school. It was in the early ‘90s, after we had returned from Norway, where, together with my family, I […]

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      Haradinaj on arrest of Kosovo MPs (media)

      By   3 hours ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj said that he feels sorry for what happened to the Kosovo Assembly MPs today. However, he added that Vetevendosje MPs should appear in front of the court, whenever called. “Arrest of Kosovo MPs happened today. The truth is  that we objected the agreements that remain a danger for […]

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      Kosovo government won’t rush formation of Association/Community (RFE)

      By   4 hours ago

      The Kosovo Government does not have a clear timeline for initiating the formation of the Association/Community of Serb-majority municipalities in accordance with the Brussels Agreement between Pristina and Belgrade. Kosovo government officials told Radio Free Europe that the Association will be formed in line with the Constitution and the findings of the Constitutional Court. Halil […]

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      Ymeri comments arrest of Vetevendosje MPs (RTK)

      By   4 hours ago

      The leader of the Vetevendosje Movement, Visar Ymeri reacted to the arrest of Vetevendosje MPs. “The three MPs of the Assembly of Kosovo, Albulena Haxhiu, Donika Kadaj-Bujupi dhe Albin Kurti were arrested in a brutal manner by the Police of the Republic of Kosovo, based on political orders, while they were entering the session. So […]

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      LDK leaves Assembly session (RTK)

      By   5 hours ago

      Head of the Parliamentary Group of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Avdullah Hoti, said today at the beginning of the Assembly session that his political party will leave the session. “During the meeting of the Assembly Presidency yesterday, the agenda was decided based on the power of vote. There was no consensus, therefore we […]

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      Albin Kurti arrested (media)

      By   5 hours ago

      Kosovo Police has arrested these moments the Vetevendosje Movement MP Albin Kurti. A great number of police officers was seen at the main entrance of the Assembly of Kosovo. After receiving the arrest warrant by judge Beqir Kalludra, Kosovo Police, based on the Law, arrested Kurti, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj-Bujupi while entering the Kosovo […]

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      Serb suspected of war crimes arrested in the north (RTK)

      By   1 day ago

      Kosovo Police has informed about an arrest at Brnjak border point today. Reportedly, the arrested is a Kosovo Serb suspect of war crimes. “A Kosovo Serb suspect was arrested under suspicion of committing war crimes. With the order of the prosecutor he is being held on detention,” Kosovo Police reports.

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      Ruling coalition MPs walked out of Assembly session because of EULEX (media)

      By   1 day ago

      All online media report that ruling coalition MPs have walked out of the Kosovo Assembly session today in sign of revolt over the latest scandal in the EU Rule of Law Mission (EULEX). PDK MP Memli Krasniqi called on all MPs to walk out of the session citing media reports about the EU mission’s discriminatory […]

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      Police: We have not received arrest warrant for MPs (Telegrafi)

      By   1 day ago

      The Basic Court in Pristina has issued on Wednesday an arrest warrant for three Vetevendosje MPs, Albin Kurti, Donika Kadaj-Bujupi and Albulena Haxhiu. Judge ordered their arresting and detention measures due to their absence from the court session with regards to throwing tear gas at the Assembly. However, Kosovo Police has not received the Court’s […]

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        Youth participation in decision-making important for positive changes in society (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   3 hours ago

        The youth organization “Sinergija” implements a new project “Youth as human rights advocates” with the support of the UN Mission in Kosovo, Kontakt plus radio reported. The programme director, Jovana Stojanovic told the radio, the project would last 6 months and would include educative workshops where young people would deal with human rights, gender equality, […]

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        Vejvoda: Exchange of territories could be realistic solution for Kosovo (Novi Magazin, Kontakt plus radio)

        By   3 hours ago

        European Project Director at Vienna Institute for Human Sciences, Ivan Vejvoda, said that exchange of territories, Presevo valley for the north of Kosovo, could be a realistic solution if Belgrade and Pristinta would agree to that, and get support from the international community, UN, EU, USA, Russia and other permanent UN SC members, Novi Magazin […]

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        Darko Tasic got one month detention (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   4 hours ago

        Darko Tasic, displaced Serb from Prizren, arrested in Brnjak on Wednsday, was sent to one month detention, following the proposal of the EULEX Special Prosecutor for war crimes, Paul Flynn, Kontakt plus radio reported. Tasic is suspected of committing the war crime against the civilian population, as he as reserved member of the police with […]

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        Bozidar Dejanovic, new mayor of Klokot (Blic, SRNA)

        By   6 hours ago

        Srpska Lista candidate, Bozidar Dejanovic is a new mayor of Klokot municipality, the Kosovo Central Election Commission confirmed to the SRNA news agency. The statement was made, following count of the so-called conditional and by-mail ballots. According to SRNA, Dejanovic won 22 votes more, and his opponent Strahinja Spasic won 2 votes, which made total […]

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        If I’m so small – why are you so upset, Dacic asks Pacolli (Tanjug, B92)

        By   6 hours ago

        Foreign Minister late on Thursday assessed that Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli was acting “a little nervous.” The reason, Dacic said, was that not everything was going according to plan for Pristina. “I get him – it’s not really going as they have planned, as they have been promised, and as they have paid for. […]

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        Arrest in Kosovo part of intimidation campaign against Serbs (KIM Radio)

        By   24 hours ago

        “Judicial bodies and police in Kosovo and Metohija, once again obviously based on political instruction, deprived of freedom D.T. at the administrative point Brnjak, over a warrant issued for him for alleged war crimes,” Serbian Government Office for Kosovo said, KIM Radio reported. The Office’s press statement further said that T.D, after Bogdan Mitrovic and […]

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        Implementation of law, change of administrative instructions and pressure from international community for better rule of law (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   1 day ago

         The EU Information and Cultural Centre in North Mitrovica organized yesterday a discussion on the status of rule of law in Kosovo, Kontakt plus radio reported. The panelists included representatives of UNMIK, EU Office in Kosovo, non-governmental organization Activ and EULEX. Ian Bancroft, the EULEX coordinator in northern Kosovo, said, among other things, that the […]

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        Serb suspected of committing war crimes arrested in Brnjak (Kontakt plus radio)

        By   1 day ago

        Kosovo police stated today that a Serb, suspected of committing war crimes was arrested at the crossing point Brnjak on Wednesday, Kontakt plus radio reported. According to the Kosovo police he was arrested based on a warrant from Kosovo court. Arrested Serb with initials T.D. originally is from Prizren, currently residing in Montenegro, Kontakt plus […]

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          Kosovo Special Court President Promises to Protect Witnesses (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 hours ago

          On her first official visit to Pristina, the president of the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers, established to prosecute wartime and post-war crimes, said witnesses will be protected. Ekaterina Trendafilova, the president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war abuses, promised during a visit to Pristina on […]

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          Kosovo Police Arrest MPs For Avoiding Trial (Balkan Insight)

          By   3 hours ago

          Three Vetevendosje MPs, Albin Kurti, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj- Bujupi, were arrested on Friday after they failed to show up in court to face charges of letting off tear gas in parliament. Kosovo police arrested three Vetevenedosje MPs, Albin Kurti, former leader of Vetevendosje, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj Bujupi, at around 10am on […]

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          Kosovo top opposition leader, 2 other lawmakers arrested

          By   3 hours ago

          PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police on Friday arrested a top opposition leader and two other lawmakers accused of disrupting the work of the previous parliament with tear gas and violent acts. Albin Kurti, Donika Kadaj Bujupi and Albulena Haxhiu of the left-wing Self-Determination Party were arrested while entering the parliament building. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/kosovo-top-opposition-leader-2-other-lawmakers-arrested/

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          Kosovo special court’s top judge makes 1st visit to country (AP, NYT, ABC News)

          By   5 hours ago

          The heads of a court established to prosecute crimes committed during and immediately after Kosovo’s war for independence made their first visit to Pristina Thursday, to meet with government officials and local and international organizations. The justice ministry said Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova and Fidelma Donlon, respectively the president and registrar of the Kosovo  Specialist Chambers, met […]

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          Limits of the internal Dialogue on Kosovo: Proposal of unreal union (European Western Balkans)

          By   5 hours ago

          BELGRADE – While the border talks are underway, the President of Serbia moves the boundaries of the conversation by inserting a legally binding agreement with Pristina as the new unavoidable start of the future outcome of the internal dialogue, writes NIN. “Parts of the academic community that started the internal dialogue on Kosovo issue, on […]

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          Kosovo Makes Albania’s Independence Day A Non-Working Day (RFEL, Fox News)

          By   6 hours ago

          Kosovo has declared neighboring Albania’s independence day a non-working day. A government statement on November 23 said that Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had made November 28 a “day of Albanians…to respect historical and cultural values and good family and social traditions.” https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-albania-independence-day-holiday/28872649.html

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          Šoltes: No visa liberalization without ratification of border demarcation (European Western Balkans)

          By   1 day ago

          Interview with Igor Šoltes, member of the European Parliament (Slovenia, Greens/EFA) and the newly appointed European Parliament rapporteur on Kosovo was published on the European Western Balkans portal today. European Western Balkans: You have recently been appointed as the European Parliament standing rapporteur on Kosovo. What do you see as the most important current obstacles […]

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          Majority-Muslim Kosovo Puts Jewish Congressman On Stamp (forward.com)

          By   2 days ago

          WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Eliot Engel has become the first U.S. congressman to be featured on a postage stamp in Kosovo. Engel, a New York Democrat, may be the first Jewish member of Congress on a stamp, period. Bella Abzug helped inspire a 1999 stamp celebrating the women’s rights movement, but the late New York […]

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