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UNMIK Headlines 30 December

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• The U.S. State Department: Special Court repeal affects international relations (media)
• The U.S.: Special Court repeal affects international relations (media)
• “Initiatives in accordance with Constitution, not a clash with internationals” (RTV21)
• The U.S. Embassy issues a press release on Specialist Chambers (RTK)
• Limaj: Decision on the Special Court belongs to MPs (RTK)
• Veseli: No one should fear the Special Curt (RTK)
• Albin Kurti and Donika Kadaj Bujupi released from detention (RTK)

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Kurti: Throwing teargas at the Assembly is not a criminal deed (RTK)

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The Court session for the four Vetevendosje MPs accused for throwing teargas at the Assembly has started. Vetvendosje Movement MP Albin Kurti, said his and the three others’ MPs actions are a parliamentary disobedience and not a criminal act. He said their actions could have been sanctioned as offence but by no means as a […]

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FM says Western powers are “neither enemies nor friends” (B92, Blic)

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Great Britain was drafting a UN resolution on Srebrenica without even informing Serbia about it, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has said. According to the daily Blic, Dacic “in this way explained his recent statement that big countries are not Serbia’s friends and that there are no friendships in politics.” “If I caused damage to Serbia, […]

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Brussels without response when Pristina could establish Association of Serb Municipalities (Tanjug, Vecernje Novosti)

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The European Commission Spokesperson, Maja Kocijancic did not respond precisely to Tanjug news agency, when it can be expected from Pristina to implement the Brussels agreement and establish the Association of the Serb Municipalities, Serbian media reported. Kocijancic earlier yesterday told Pristina based Koha that “both sides confirmed their strong commitment in implementing the Brussels […]

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FER monitors Serbian President initiative on internal dialogue on Kosovo (KoSSev portal)

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The period from June initiative of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to launch an internal dialogue on Kosovo until the organization of the first roundtable on 31 October 2017, was marked with two tendencies: frozen conflict and delineation, KoSSev portal reported today. This is according to the Forum of Ethnic Relations Director, Dusan Janjic who […]

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Serwer: US ready to engage in Kosovo negotiations (NIN, peacefare.net)

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Professor and expert for the Balkans Daniel Serwer, in an interview with the Belgrade weekly NIN, says that Vucic threatens with Russia and loses the direction in normalizing relations with Kosovo, as well as that it seems to him that the President of Serbia chooses the wrong chair. In his view, if Belgrade accepts the […]

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 “Kosovo should have been recognized by all EU countries” (DW, RTK)

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Former UN High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Christian Schwarz-Schilling, criticized the fact that five out of 27 EU countries have not recognized Kosovo. “Europe is not capable to have a clear policy towards Serbia and Kosovo and this is a shame,” he reportedly said. “This is an absolute egoism of these five countries. EU […]

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Only 5 of 71 deputy ministers are women (Koha)

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The first meeting Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj had with 71 deputy ministers displayed the fact that the vast majority of these newly-appointed officials are men, Koha reports. It adds that of all 71 deputy ministers only five are women and that while the government has received a lot of complaints for the record number of […]

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Thaci considering pardoning Kiqina and Ramadani brothers convicted of murder (Kallxo)

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Kallxo reports that President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, is expected to consider pardoning Arben Kiqina, Burim Ramadani and Arsim Ramadani, convicted of murdering five members of Hajra family in 2001. Thaci’s office is said to have asked Kosovo Correctional Service to verify information on certain prisoners including the three above mentioned men.  Head of the […]

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Kosovo imposes customs tax on brick import from Serbia (RTK)

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Kosovo’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has introduced a tax on bricks imported from Serbia. The temporary tax obliges Kosovo Customs to charge an extra 2 euro cents per brick imported from Serbia and is part of antidumping measures. The decision has entered into force on 28 December.

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Victims of holiday firearm discharges criticize PM Haradinaj’s comments (Prishtina Insight)

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Victims of stray bullets, which have caused disabling injuries and deaths in the past, criticize PM Haradinaj’s lax attitude towards weapons, demanding that festive shooting be stopped. On the eve of 2011, a child from Prizren who was standing in his front yard was struck in the skull by a fatal stray bullet. His mother, […]

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Vulin: Threats from Pristina will endanger peace in the region (RTS)

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Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin says that open threats with war and conflicts coming from Pristina’s government officials will endanger peace in the entire region, responding to Daut Haradinaj’s statement that the first arrest for the Special Court will again activate the former KLA, RTS reports. “Every attempt not to bring the KLA criminals to justice […]

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