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“Everyone understands we need peace in W. Balkans” (B92)

By   /  25/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s informal dinner with prime ministers of the Western Balkan Six was held in Brussels late on Wednesday. All present confirmed their full commitment to continue working for the European Union integration process, as confirmed by the EU at the March 2017 European Council, a statement published on the EEAS […]

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Pristina drops probe into suspected killers of 14 Serbs (B92)

By   /  22/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Special Prosecution in Pristina has stopped the investigation into all persons suspected of killing 14 Serb farmers in Staro Gracko in July 1999. The Serbs were gunned down from close proximity in this village near the town of Lipljan in Kosovo, while out harvesting their fields. Tanjug reported on Friday that an international prosecutor […]

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KFOR: US is not sending more soldiers to Kosovo (B92, RTS, Blic)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

KFOR command in Pristina has announced that new US troops in Kosovo will replace soldiers whose mandate had expired. A statement said that the upcoming deployment of US soldiers represents regular handover of duties between two contingents from the United States, which are being rotated, not an additional contribution by the United States, RTS reported. […]

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In Kosovo, it all started with lies, Security Council told (B92)

By   /  17/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The justice minister has warned of Pristina’s unacceptable use of dialogue and the normalization process to blackmail the Serbian side and European partners. Nela Kuburovic spoke before a UN Security Council session dedicated to the latest report of UN secretary-general on the work of UNMIK. Kuburovic said that Serbia, despite numerous challenges, continues to play […]

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US to send 130 more soldiers to Kosovo (B92, Blic)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Analysts say the US announcement of sending an additional 130 troops to Kosovo to support KFOR and NATO is a message to warmongering politicians in the region. The troops in question are members of US special units of the Tupelo-based 1st Battalion, “highly trained for emergency response,” the daily Blic is reporting. They will arrive […]

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Vucic: Don’t worry, there’ll be no Greater Albania (B92)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic says that Serbian citizens should not be concerned about Ramush Haradinaj’s statements. According to Vucic, who is currently in Beijing, no such thing as a Greater Albania will exist. In addition, he said that Haradinaj’s statements – like the latest urging Washington to “solve things between Belgrade and Pristina […]

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Region is “exposed to risks from escalating rhetoric” – EU (B92)

By   /  16/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU has been repeatedly “called out” by Belgrade for failing to react to statements made by Ramush Haradinaj. This topic has now been addressed by Federica Mogherini’s spokeswoman. Maja Kocijancic assessed that “statements that can be interpreted as political interference in neighboring countries are not helpful in building good neighborly relations in the Western […]

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“Albanians won’t set foot on millimeter of central Serbia” (B92)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albanians will not be able to set foot on a millimeter of central Seria – but constant threats against the Serb people in Kosovo are cause for concern. Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic told this to the daily Blic, adding that threats coming from Ramush Haradinaj about taking Serbian territory do not represent the position of […]

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Vecernje Novosti: Vucic, Putin talk about threats coming from Albanians (B92)

By   /  15/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Attempts to create a “Greater Albania” have been a topic of conversation as Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The daily Vecernje Novosti is reporting this, adding that they met in Beijing and spoke about the political situation in the region. The daily cites unnamed sources who said that Putin […]

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UN chief worried about obstacles in Kosovo dialogue (B92/Beta)

By   /  12/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced his concern over obstacles blocking the continuation of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Beta reported. He is also worried about carrying out agreements reached through dialogue, as well as the rise of nationalism. In the latest UNMIK quarterly report which the U.N. Security Council will review on May 16, […]

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Germany “does not accept changing borders in Balkans” (B92/Tanjug)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

German Ambassador to Serbia Axel Dittmann says that “all statements aimed at changing borders in the Balkans are dangerous.” Germany “does not accept that,” he told the Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti in an interview. “We say it publicly, and that is the position of the EU,” the German diplomat said, adding that it was “important […]

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“Albanian politicians are main threat to Europe and Balkans” (B92)

By   /  11/05/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The EU should recognize that Albanian politicians are the main threat to peace and stability not only in the Balkans but also in Europe. This is what Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister has told the website euractiv.com, Beta is reporting on Wednesday. Asked to comment on Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj’s statement to […]

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