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Albanians are going for all or nothing – Serbian FM (B92)

By   /  28/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

What is happening in Macedonia is not just a local problem, but one for the whole region, says Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. “Now it’s the most obvious how right we have been when we pointed out that Serbia has an important lever in its hands, and that is political stability,” Dacic told RTS. He […]

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Haradinaj cannot be extradited to Albania (RTS, KIM radio)

By   /  26/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The fact that Ramush Haradinaj has received citizenship of Albania is not essential to the process in Colmar, said Ministry of Justice to RTS, explaining that Haradinaj cannot be sent to Albania only because he acquired the citizenship of that country, because it is not a basis for seeking his extradition. The Court of Appeal […]

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“Turkey is behind ‘Greater Albania’ ideas in Balkans” (B92, Vecernje Novosti)

By   /  26/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

There is suspicion that Turkish intelligence is behind the statements about the redrawing borders in the Balkans and “the spread of the Greater Albania idea.” The Belgrade-based newspaper Vecernje Novosti is reporting this, adding that the treats against Serbia that have been arriving from Tirana, Pristina and Presevo in a synchronized manner, have been prepared […]

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Moscow reacts to “Albanian unification” talk (B92)

By   /  24/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs late last week issued a statement reacting to “a series of recent statements by various Albanian politicians.” These statements that concern “the redrawing of borders in the Balkans” have raised particular concern, the Russian MFA said. “We assert that, under the guise of unfounded accusations of attempts to destabilize […]

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Albania pitches itself as bastion against Russian influence (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  20/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati, who is visiting Washington, says that his country has “the most developed democracy in the Western Balkans.” In addition, Bushati says that Albania is “a bastion against Russia’s influence in Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Croatia.” However, he avoided replying when German Marshall Fund of the US President Karen Donfried […]

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UNMIK Headlines 20 April

By   /  20/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

After Rama, Thaci also threatens EU with national unification (RFE)
Albania-Kosovo unification threats come from frustrated leaders (Kosova Sot)
Thaci: Vote for border demarcation with Montenegro (Bota Sot)
EU Office: Apostolova’s remarks were misunderstood (RTK)
Haradinaj wants new elections: Population should not be tortured (Epoka)
Kurti strikes at politics’ ties with business (Koha Ditore)
Recica: Coalition is not matching as we thought (Lajmi)

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“If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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Albanian PM told it’s “rude” to eye other people’s territory (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija says that “nobody should play with attempting to revive the fascist idea of a Greater Albania.” Marko Djuric in this way responded to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who said that he could not rule out the possibility of “a union between Albania and Kosovo” […]

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Albanian prime minister: EU faces ‘nightmare’ if Balkan hopes fade (politico.eu)

By   /  18/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

TIRANA, Albania — Albania’s prime minister said a union between Albania and Kosovo cannot be ruled out if EU membership prospects for the Western Balkans fade. In an interview with POLITICO that also covered a political crisis in neighboring Macedonia, an upcoming election at home and the inspiration he draws from Tony Blair, Prime Minister Edi Rama […]

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Bumpy Ride Ahead (Balkan Insight)

By   /  07/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A growing political crisis in Albania, fears over foreigners buying up land in Serbia and problems of youth radicalisation are among the top stories on Balkan Insight this week. Hotting Up The political scene in Albania seems to be getting more and more heated by the day. No accident, given that Parliamentary elections are only […]

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Lost In Translation: Macedonia’s ethnic tensions near the boiling point (and Soros is stirring the pot) (FOX News)

By   /  16/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Macedonia gave the world Alexander the Great, who, legend has it, wept because he could find no more lands to conquer. Now, George Soros, the left-wing billionaire who also wants to rule the world, is meddling with events that could plunge Macedonia into chaos or civil war, and escalate U.S. tensions with Russia. Locked between […]

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Headlines 8 March

By   /  08/03/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

KSF transformation without international go-ahead (Koha Ditore)
Mustafa: Minister Demolli is not against KSF transformation (Epoka e Re)
Veseli: KSF without competition in the region (RTK)
“Mattis gave a strong message, Kosovo should have its army” (Epoka)
Vucic and Thaci discuss Mogherini’s visit over the phone (Zeri)
Tahiri: Blocking energy transmission lines could destabilize the region (Koha)
“AAK would approve demarcation after reading report” (Lajmi)
Albanian President Nishani visits Presheve/Presevo Valley (dailies)

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