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Minister claims: Europol started co-operating with Kosovo (B92, Beta)

By   /  15/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Kosovo Interior Minister Flamur Sefaj received an official announcement that Europol decided to start co-operation with Kosovo, the ministry announced, reports B92 today. Sefaj met with Deputy Director of the EU Security Council Olivier Onidi, who told him that at the meeting of the Steering Committee, Europol decided that Kosovo “should be on the list […]

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“After many years, Council on Foreign Relations lists Balkans as problem” (B92, Tanjug, N1)

By   /  13/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

US expert on the Balkans Daniel Serwer has commented on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) once again listing the Balkans as a stability problem. Serwer spoke for the N1 broadcaster in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after the US NGO published its “Preventive Priorities Survey 2017.” Serwer said that he did not think the document should make people […]

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“Russia sanctions, Kosovo recognition would make us champs” (B92, RTS)

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

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is in Paris this Tuesday for the climate change summit. Speaking for RTS, he commented on Monday’s opening of two new two chapters in Serbia’s EU membership negotiations. Vucic sees participation in the summit as an opportunity to meet with the French president who is at the moment one of the […]

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“New York Times journalist saw kidnapped Serb reporters” (UNS, B92)

By   /  11/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

A New York Times reporter saw a car that transported journalists Ranko Perenic and Djuro Slavuj, kidnapped in Kosovo in 1998. This is according to the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS), that is quoting Milivoje Mihajlovic, a former Radio Pristina editor and head of the Media Center in this town, that was “a key […]

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Serbia will fight for Trepca mine in Kosovo – Vucic (B92)

By   /  08/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Trepca mining and metallurgical complex in Kosovo is this Thursday marking its 90th anniversary. And the head of state, Aleksandar Vucic, said that Serbia would fight for that company “uncompromisingly.” “When an enterprise is cherished and built for 90 years, as is the case with Trepca, that enterprise is no longer just a business […]

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Kurti: We want normal Kosovo and normal Serbia (DW, B92)

By   /  07/12/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Albin Kurti, MP of Self-Determination, talks to Deutsche Welle and says that Kosovo should have the right to vote on a referendum on unification with Albania, and why he rejects the Brussels dialogue and the Community of Serb municipalities. “We have been separated from Albania more than a century ago – by the violent, undemocratic […]

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Minister on “reconciling with US” and new Kosovo mediators (B92)

By   /  30/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Jadranka Joksimovic says that “inviting global powers” to join the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue represents “a reflection of provincialism.” “I’m sorry to hear that the Atlantic Council thinks the US and Serbia have had such bad relations until now, that a historic reconciliation needs to occur,” the Serbian minister for EU Integration also said on Wednesday, adding: […]

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Serbian Government: “Stabilization of Western Balkans crucial for economy” (B92)

By   /  30/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

First Deputy PM and FM Ivica Dacic said in Washington that stabilization of the Western Balkans is crucial for the development of the region’s economy. Dacic spoke on Wednesday at a panel dedicated to business and investment in the Western Balkans during the conference of the Atlantic Council. He recalled that since the launch of […]

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US embassy reacts to “strategy for Balkans” (BETA, B92)

By   /  29/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Academic and research institutions have no formal role in formulating the US policy towards Serbia or any other country. This was announced by the US embassy in Belgrade, after the Atlantic Council published a report proposing a more active role of the United States in the Western Balkans. “Many academic and research institutions in the […]

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Atlantic Council proposes new US strategy for Balkans (B92, VoA)

By   /  28/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The Atlantic Council will publish a report on the new US strategy for the Balkans. According to Voice of America, it proposes establishing a permanent US military presence in Southeast Europe, advocates for “historic reconciliation” with Serbia and renewal of the reputation of the United States as a true mediator. Atlantic Council’s Executive Vice President […]

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Rakic: They cannot exert pressure on Serbs by demonstrating force (Kontakt plus radio, B92)

By   /  27/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

North Mitrovica Mayor Goran Rakic says that media reports on the blockade of funds for northern Kosovo by the  responsible ministry in Pristina suggests that someone believes that by demonstrating force one can exert political pressure on Serbs, reports Kontakt plus radio. – Of course it will not pass, and it is not a recipe […]

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“Reconciliation stalled, ethnic divisions grow in region” (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  22/11/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks says that the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans has stalled. In his latest Human Rights Comment, Muiznieks also noted that ethnic divisions and polarization have been growing in the region. “These relate in particular to denial of genocide, glorification of war criminals and attempts to […]

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