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Kosovo Extradition of Wanted Turkish ‘Gulenist’ Suspended (Balkan Insight)

By   /  15/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s prosecution withdrew its request to a Pristina court to allow the extradition of Ugur Toksoy, a teacher wanted by Turkey for alleged links to the so-called Gulen movement, suspending the procedure. Kosovo prosecutor Ali Rexha on Thursday withdrew his request for the court to allow the extradition of Turkish citizen Ugur Toksoy, who was […]

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Homecoming Kosovo Serbs Face an Uncertain Future (Balkan Insight)

By   /  14/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The secrecy surrounding a newly-built settlement in northern Kosovo highlights the problems facing Serbs who have returned to Kosovo after the war – and how they need security and jobs as well as houses. On windswept Little Zvecan Hill, overlooking the town of Mitrovica in the north of Kosovo, protected by a barbed-wire fence and […]

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US Urges Serbia to Tackle Kosovo Massacre Cover-Up (BalkanInsight)

By   /  14/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The US State Department said that those responsible for moving the bodies of Kosovo Albanian civilians killed in the 1999 war to mass graves in Serbia should be brought to justice. The US State Department said on Tuesday that it has brought a report by the Belgrade-based Humanitarian Law Centre NGO about the cover-up of […]

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Kosovo Businesses Doubtful About Planned Free Trade Zone (Balkan Insight)

By   /  01/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

After Kosovo’s Foreign Minister urged Serbia to help set up a free trade zone in the divided town of Mitrovica, local businesses say they question the likely benefits. Declaring the northern Serb-run half of the town of Mitrovica as a free trade zone might help the reconciliation of ethnic Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo and […]

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Sofia Claims Kosovo’s Gorani as ‘Bulgarian Minority’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  27/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Encouraged by Albania’s recent recognition of a Bulgarian minority, Bulgaria hopes for a similar result in Kosovo – although the Gorani community is claimed also by Serbia and Macedonia. Bulgaria is pushing for official recognition of a Bulgarian minority in Kosovo, not only as a follow-on to the recent recognition of a Bulgarian minority in […]

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Kosovo Special Court President Promises to Protect Witnesses (Balkan Insight)

By   /  24/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

On her first official visit to Pristina, the president of the new Kosovo Specialist Chambers, established to prosecute wartime and post-war crimes, said witnesses will be protected. Ekaterina Trendafilova, the president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, which will try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war abuses, promised during a visit to Pristina on […]

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Kosovo Police Arrest MPs For Avoiding Trial (Balkan Insight)

By   /  24/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Three Vetevendosje MPs, Albin Kurti, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj- Bujupi, were arrested on Friday after they failed to show up in court to face charges of letting off tear gas in parliament. Kosovo police arrested three Vetevenedosje MPs, Albin Kurti, former leader of Vetevendosje, Albulena Haxhiu and Donika Kadaj Bujupi, at around 10am on […]

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Political Pressures Taking Toll on Kosovo Journalists: Report (Balkan Insight

By   /  21/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Some media owners are using their outlets for political ends, Kosovo’s public broadcaster has been subjected to political interference, while working conditions for journalists remain poor, a new report says. Freedom of the media in Kosovo is increasingly being threatened by political pressures which include direct interference by politicians, according to a study entitled ‘Media […]

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Opposition Parties Make Gains in Kosovo Election Run-offs (Balkan Insight)

By   /  20/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The opposition Vetevendosje party and the Democratic League of Kosovo, LDK, both had cause to celebrate as the results came in from the second round of local elections – as did the Prime Minister’s party. Preliminary results from Kosovo’s Central Election Commission, CEC, held good news for the opposition Vetevendosje party and the Democratic League […]

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Bosnian Serbs Won’t Quit Govt Over Kosovo Row (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Bosnian Serb bloc in the state government has dismissed calls to quit both the government and other state institutions over suggestions that Bosnia may recognise the independence of Kosovo. http://bit.ly/2zGSl3e

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EULEX Claims Resigned Judge ‘Was Under Investigation’ (Balkan Insight)

By   /  17/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

After Malcolm Simmons quit as president of the judges of the EU’s rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, saying it had become too politicised, EULEX has said the judge himself was the subject of serious investigations. http://bit.ly/2A6tt5I

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Serb Policeman Accused of Beating Kosovo Prisoners (Balkan Insight)

By   /  16/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

At the trial of Zoran Vukotic, a Serb ex-policeman charged with war crimes in 1999, two Kosovo Albanian witnesses testified about the defendant’s alleged brutality against civilian prisoners. http://bit.ly/2zKjWP3

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