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Serbian List to President Thaci: We’re not interested to talk about the army (Gazeta Express)

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The Serbian List will not agree to talk with Kosovo President Hashim Thaci about constitutional amendments that would enable the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into the Kosovo Army. Serbian List representatives have returned to Kosovo’s institutions following a five-month boycott, saying that they will vote in favor of the border demarcation agreement with […]

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Daka: Early elections would be a challenge, but we are prepared (media)

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Valdete Daka, chairwoman of the Central Election Commission (CEC), told Ekonomia Online that the CEC is ready to organize elections whenever they are announced. “The CEC is the only institution that organizes elections, this is our constitutional obligation. Whenever elections are announced, be they early or regular elections, local or parliamentary, we will organize them. […]

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Apostolova: There will be no wall in Mitrovica (media)

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Several news websites quote Nataliya Apostolova, head of the European Union Office in Kosovo, as saying that there will be no dividing wall in Mitrovica. “You can rest assured that there will be no wall dividing the renovated part of the road and the bridge over Ibar … There is ongoing construction and there is […]

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OSCE Broadcast 30 March

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• Thaçi: Security institutions and OSCE to decide on Serbian presidential elections (RTK2)
• Tahiri: Serbian elections will be held in Kosovo (TV21)
• Apostolova: Association to be concluded after elections in Serbia (Klan Kosova&RTK1)
• Rasic skeptical that Association’s Statute will be drafted during this year (RTK2)
• Srpska List return does not guarantee votes in favor of Demarcation (KTV)
• Maksimovic: Roadblocks send message of non-tolerance toward Serbs (RTK2)
• Kosovo to apply this year for UNESCO membership (RTK2)
• O’Connell against draft law for reduction of all criminal sentences (TV21)

– Coalition partners with different opinions about early elections (Summary of Klan Kosova – Debate Zone)

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UNMIK Headlines 31 March

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• Mustafa: Kosovo remains the only isolated country in Europe (RTK)
• Govt doesn’t say how Serbian elections will be organized in Kosovo (Koha)
• Special court, one of the reasons behind early elections (Zeri)
• Veseli announces tour with local and international experts (media)
• Demarcation deal with Montenegro to be voted on April 6? (RTK)
• Haradinaj continues to oppose border demarcation with Montenegro (media)
• Djuric: Kosovo fears the power and unity of Serbs (Koha)
• Ramadani: One of the terror suspects fought in Syria (Klan Kosova)

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Italian Police in Venice Arrest Kosovar Suspected Jihadists (Balkan Insight)

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Four suspected jihadists from Kosovo – one of whom is a minor – were arrested by Italian police in Venice while reportedly planning an attack on the famous Rialto Bridge. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-suspected-jihadist-arrested-in-italy-03-30-2017  

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Kosovo President Vows To Create Regular Army Through Consultations (RFE)

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Kosovo’s president has backed away from a controversial pledge to push through a law turning the country’s security force into a national army, telling RFE/RL that he will consult with ethnic minorities and make the change through constitutional amendments. https://www.rferl.org/a/kosovo-regular-army-united-states-warning/28399388.html

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Kosovo ‘Holding Fewer War Crime Trials Than Ever’ (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo in 2016 held the fewest war crime trials since 2000, meaning that criminals are evading prosecution and the chance of justice for victims is fading, warned the Humanitarian Law Centre Kosovo. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/kosovo-scores-decrease-in-the-number-of-war-crimes-trials-03-30-2017

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Kosovo Assembly adopts agreement on Western Balkans Fund (media)

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The Kosovo Assembly adopted today the agreement on the establishment of the Western Balkans Fund. 89 MPs voted in favor and two voted against the agreement. The Western Balkans Fund will be based in Tirana. After the agreement was adopted, MPs also adopted a three-point statement: 1. The Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo recognizes […]

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Thaci: We are ready to initiate constitutional amendments, I will convince the Serbs (RFE)

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Kosovo President Hashim Thaci told Radio Free Europe today that he agrees with senior U.S. officials that the Kosovo Armed Forces should be created through constitutional amendments. Thaci said the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force into the Armed Forces “must be an inclusive local process and with international partnership, especially with the United States […]

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UNMIK concerned with yesterday’s blockades  (Klan Kosova)

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Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Zahir Tanin, has closely followed Wednesday’s developments in Kosovo with concern, in particular reports that freedom of movement and association were prevented in some places. Tanin reminded all parties on the fundamental rights to assemble, to express opinions, and to vote in an open and democratic society, and trusts […]

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OSCE Broadcast 29 March

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• Šabović: OSCE is technically ready to conduct vote collection process in Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, RTK2)
• Roads blocked to prevent Serbian elections campaign in Kosovo (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Blocking of roads condemned (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Yee: No elections in Kosovo ahead of their schedule (RTK)
• Beqaj: Serbian elections are violating both Kosovo and Serbia Constitutions (TV21)
• Government ready to start drafting Association’s statute (KTV)
• Delawie: Kosovo Army to be established through constitutional amendments (All monitored broadcasters, TV21)

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