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OSCE Broadcast 6 November

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• Demarcation issue is closed for Montenegro (RTK1)
• Serb judges in Kosovo north started work (All monitored broadcasters, KTV)
• Serbs protested against re-voting in Partes/Partesh (RTK2, Klan Kosova)
• Tahiri and Braathu discuss addressing of measures against domestic violence (KTV)
• Tahiri: Time has come for EULEX to end its mission (KTV)
• Thaçi: Terrorists attacks were prevented thanks to work of rule of law bodies (TV21)
• Haradinaj: My promises for Dehari case will soon turn into concrete actions (KTV)

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Demarcation issue is closed for Montenegro

(RTK1) 

Podgorica official commented on the recent position of Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, according to whom, solution to the demarcation issue with this neighbouring state can be done by addressing the case to the International Court of Arbitration.

Srdjan Darmanovic stated that as far the Montenegrin side is concerned, this issue is closed.

Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic said that consent of the two countries is needed for the arbitration, while for Montenegro, demarcation is a closed issue.

He recalled that an international agreement with Kosovo was signed in Vienna, which has been ratified by the Montenegrin Parliament, as required by international law rules and good relations between countries.

“So, for us it is a done deal. I do not know that Montenegro has ever annulled any ratified international agreement. So this will not happen this time either,” Darmanovic underlined.

He said the Montenegrin government has the patience to wait for a positive development in Kosovo.

“We do not want to exert any kind of pressure on what will be the positive formula with which the Kosovo Parliament will ratify the agreement,” he added.

Montenegrin Foreign Minister noted that the European Union and the United States of America share the same position with Podgorica.

Therefore, Darmanovic reiterated that his state’s position is not surprising, because for them this issue is closed.

Serb judges in Kosovo north started work

(All monitored broadcasters, KTV) 

Forty Serb judges decreed by President Hashim Thaçi started work at Mitrovicë/Mitrovica Basic Court. Due to technical conditions, their work schedule was shorter.

President of this Court, Nikola Kabasic, said they need at least 10 days to be fully operational.

In the meantime, the independent MP Korab Sejdiu voiced a concern. He said it was verified that Serb judges and prosecutors did not swear the same way as the other judges.

In the statement signed by them, Republic of Kosovo or the Constitution was not mentioned anywhere.

Office of Kosovo President has qualified the decreeing of 40 Serb judges and 13 prosecutors as full implementation of the justice agreement achieved in Brussels on 10 February 2015. 

Serbs protested against re-voting in Partes/Partesh

(RTK2, Klan Kosova) 

Only a padlock was not enough and that is why they added one more to lock Gracanica/Graçanicë Municipality proper. On Monday staff of this institution did not start their work at all at 8 o’clock in the morning as they usually do. All of them, including Albanians, together with the new mayor Srdjan Popovic boycotted the work for an hour to fulfil an order of Srpska List.

This political entity called a 60-minute strike in 10 Kosovo municipalities where they govern. By doing so, they protested against the Central Election Commission’s decision to repeat voting for mayor in Partes/Partesh.

CEC ordered re-voting for Partes/Partesh mayor after the decision of Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel to annul elections. ECAP says that Srpska List candidate Dragan Petkovic jeopardised the integrity of elections by offering money in exchange of votes through the owner of a betting store. All this happened after the appeal of his counter-candidate Nenad Cvetkovic.

Srspka List members announced that the form of their protest might continue.

“Srpska List will decide on future steps and we will act upon party’s decisions,” said Vladeta Kostic of this List. 

Tahiri and Braathu discuss addressing of measures against domestic violence

(KTV)

Minister of Justice Abelard Tahiri received the OSCE Ambassador to Kosovo Jan Braathu to a meeting and they discussed the progress of reforms in justice system, challenges, achievements and strategic orientations in this sector. 

Tahiri briefed Braathu on the progress of reforms undertaken so far, particularly in the processes related to the review of criminal and civil law legislation. 

According to a press statement issued by MoJ, the new legislative approach toward priority areas related to the rule of law was also discussed in this meeting.

Tahiri and Braathu discussed coordination of activities, particularly on topics related to addressing of measures against domestic violence, and provision of assistance to victims of this phenomenon, KTV portal reported.

Tahiri expressed his appreciation for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, which continues to be a partner of Kosovo, including the area of ​​rule of law and human rights.

Tahiri: Time has come for EULEX to end its mission

(KTV)

In the KTV’s “Puls” show, Minister of Justice Abelard Tahiri stated that it is time for the European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) to end its mandate.

This is because, according to him, Kosovo is ready to function as a state.

“We are talking about the transition phase with EULEX because they are present in our justice system in different forms. I think that Kosovo has managed to build the capacity on which it can function further. Any help coming from the international factor is welcome. However, I think it is time to enter the transition phase and those powers that EULEX has to be transferred to Kosovo institutions,” KTV portal quoted Minister Tahiri as saying.

He said that the state of Kosovo will provide conditions for the judges and prosecutors from the state and added that there will be no challenging of the state from irresponsible individuals, bandits or criminals.

Thaçi: Terrorists attacks were prevented thanks to work of rule of law bodies

(TV21)

President of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi discussed on Monday with the heads of key rule of law institutions about the necessary institutional steps in the fight against terrorism, radicalism and extremism.

President Thaçi requested that in accordance with laws and competencies to undertake immediate steps to guarantee security of citizens of Kosovo in every circumstance.

He said that Kosovo was not only a country of origin of extremists and fundamentalists, but also the target of planned terrorist attacks, and that thanks to the successful work of the rule of law bodies, these attacks have been prevented.

Haradinaj: My promises for Dehari case will soon turn into concrete actions

(KTV)

Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj met in his office the parents of Astrit Dehari, who died a year ago at the detention centre in Prizren.

Haradinaj said he is interested in shedding light on this case and stressed that the promises given for the case in question will soon turn into concrete actions, KTV portal reported.

“At the meeting with the parents of Astrit and Arbnor Dehari, Xhemile and Avni Dehari, we discussed coordination of further actions to resolve any obscurities regarding the tragic case of Astrit Dehari. All my promises to shed light on Astrit’s case will soon be replaced with concrete actions, always in consultation with Dehari family,” Haradinaj stated in a Facebook post.

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