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Serbia Seeks Russian Role in Kosovo Talks (BIRN)

By   /  20/12/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Aleksandar Vucic says he has asked Serbia’s ally, Russia, to join the Kosovo negotiations if the US also joins the table – and President Vladimir Putin has indicated his willingness to do so. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he had asked Russia to join the negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, if the US attempts to […]

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Kosovo Serb Minister: Learning Albanian is necessary (BIRN)

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

Kosovo government minister Dalibor Jevtic says Serbs and Albanians need to build trust – and that Kosovo Serb children should learn the Albanian language to ensure better communication for the future. “The key word today in Kosovo is trust, which has to be built both between the two communities and towards [state] institutions,” Dalibor Jevtic, […]

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Kosovo Braces for Security Challenge of Returning Fighters (BIRN)

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

A draft strategy developed by the government says fighters coming back from the Middle East, as Islamic State collapses, pose the next major challenge to the country’s security. The Kosovo government’s new National Strategy against Terrorism and Action Plan 2018-2022 says fighters returning from conflict zones in the Middle East, as the so-called Islamic State, […]

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Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice (BIRN)

By   /  14/11/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By: Shkelzen Gashi The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals. The majority of people in Kosovo believe that the Special Court is an unfair creation, but the blame for its establishment, […]

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BIRN Publishes Kosovo War Crimes Court E-Book (BIRN)

By   /  01/11/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has published an e-book about the Kosovo Specialist Chambers, aiming to increase understanding about the newly-established court that will try ex-guerrillas for crimes during and after the war. BIRN’s e-book, entitled ‘Kosovo Specialist Chambers: From Investigations to Indictments’, published on Tuesday, includes expert analysis, interviews and archive reports that trace […]

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Reopening of Mitrovica Bridge postponed to May (BIRN)

By   /  09/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Mitrovica South Mayor Agim Bahtiri told BIRN that due partly to increased political tensions in the northern part of Kosovo, the reopening of the bridge that links the Albanian and the Serb-inhabited parts of the divided city of Mitrovica has been postponed to May. “Problems that arose from the construction of the wall have resulted […]

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Kosovo the largest recipient of the US aid in Balkans (KIM radio, Blic)

By   /  03/03/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

United States of America have the largest and most expansive program of foreign aid in the world, with an annual budget of up to $ 50 billion. More than 18 billion of the budget goes for the economic development, often called the humanitarian aid, while $ 8.1 billion goes for the help to strengthen the […]

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In BIRN interview, Schwendiman claims special court is not anti-Albanian (media)

By   /  15/11/2016  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

In his first interview since appointed chief prosecutor of the new Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, David Schwendiman, told BIRN that suspected criminals are the target of his work, not the Kosovo Liberation Army. “I am not after organisations, I am not after ethnicities, I am looking at individual responsibility for what was done,” David Schwendiman […]

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Montenegro urges Kosovo to ratify border-demarcation agreement (BIRN/Indeksonline)

By   /  28/07/2016  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dusko Marković, in a statement for BIRN has urged Kosovo to fulfill its part of the border-demarcation agreement without further delay. Marković expressed concern that while parliament in Montenegro ratified the agreement at the end of last year, Kosovo has yet to complete its part. “Demarcation between Montenegro and Kosovo was […]

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UNMIK Headlines 17 October

By   /  17/10/2015  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• Mustafa: Mitrovica border based on Ahtisaari Plan (Koha)
• “If Iber Bridge is not released today, Brussels dialogue becomes meaningless” (Koha)
• No decision yet on four Albanian-majority villages in Mitrovica (Kallxo)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo has no President (Kosovapress)
• 11 MPs could be expelled from Assembly sessions (Koha)
• Prosecution preparing arrest warrants for MPs that don’t answer to police (Zeri)
• Pacolli: This is the death of politics (Koha)

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Kosovo Offers Deal on Serb-Language Diplomas (BIRN)

By   /  09/04/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

The Kosovo government has put forward a landmark proposal that will make it easier for Kosovo Serbs and members of other minority groups to apply for jobs in public institutions. The deal involves Kosovo accepting the validity of diplomas issued by the country’s Serbian-language university in the Serb-run far north of the country. Formerly part […]

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Kosovo Serb Leaders Unite to Issue Common Demands (BIRN)

By   /  19/03/2015  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo Serb leaders – currently boycotting the government – gathered on Wednesday in Gracanica to form a joint political umbrella, and produce a list of joint demands. Kosovo Serb mayors and municipal assembly members from the country’s Serb-majority municipalities filled the house of culture in the central town of Gracanica on Wednesday on a mission […]

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