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Kosovo, Albania Give ‘Common Market’ Call Thumbs Down (Balkan Insight)

By   /  21/03/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Kosovo’s Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan ‘common market’ as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership – while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion. EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn’s support for the creation of a common market in the Western Balkans, raised during the […]

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Delawie visits Mitrovica Bridge (media)

By   /  10/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Several news websites report that the United States Ambassador in Pristina, Greg Delawie, visited the main bridge in Mitrovica on Thursday. “Glad to see the Mitrovica Bridge renovated and open for pedestrians. Positive result of the EU dialogue,” Delawie wrote on his Twitter account.

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Headlines 10 March

By   /  10/03/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

Procedures bypassed in KSF transformation bill (Koha Ditore)
Veseli: Army will be created within a few days (RTK)
NATO to “block” KSF (Zëri)
“NATO Secretary’s statement on Kosovo army, slip of the tongue” (Telegrafi)
EU: Suspending dialogue against spirit of normalization of relations (Koha)
Serbia “surprised” by Kosovo Assembly’s resolution (Koha)
Prosecution charges municipal official for ethnic intolerance (Koha)
“Serbs want unification with Serbia” (Zëri)

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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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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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Lajcak: Two Balkans countries facing dissolution (Koha)

By   /  07/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Slovak Foreign Minister, Miroslav Lajcak, said on Monday that the European Union is not being serious when it comes to discussing enlargement, that it has given up on the Western Balkans and that as a result two Balkans countries are facing dissolution and another three countries are in deep political crises. Although Lajcak did not […]

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Mogherini: Situation in Balkans tensed, needs EU support (Lajmi.net)

By   /  06/03/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The European Union High Commissioner for Foreign Policy and Security, Frederica Mogherini said today that the situation in Western Balkans is tensed, and it requires a strong and reliable EU support. She told the journalists on the verge of the meeting of the Foreign Policy and Defense Ministers that she would report to the Ministers […]

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Balkan Mission Impossible for Mogherini (Euractive)

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

Europe’s foreign policy supremo, Federica Mogherini, is off on a mission even more difficult than getting Iran and the US to agree their nuclear deal, writes Denis MacShane. Denis MacShane is the UK’s former Minister for Europe and the Balkans who visits the region regularly. Mogherini is in the Western Balkans which still more than […]

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Đurić concerned over lack of dialogue between expert teams (RTS, Tanjug)

By   /  02/03/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Belgrade is interested in continuing the dialogue with Pristina, Director of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Đurić said Wednesday at a meeting with members of the EU Council Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the EU (COELA), but he expressed concern over the fact that expert teams had […]

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Vucic:Citizens often see EU as machine for pressure over Kosovo (B92)

By   /  01/03/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says he is convinced that Serbia will remain firmly on the European path when he “leaves the government in a month, two, or three.” During his meeting in Belgrade with members of EU’s Working Party on Enlargement (COELA) and representatives of the EU Council and the European Commission, Vucic said that […]

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Headlines 1 March

By   /  01/03/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• Thaci “warns” the EU (Kosova Sot)
• Veliu: Demarcation is not related to elections (Epoka e Re)
• KSF and missing persons, main failures in implementation of SAA (Koha)
• Delawie observes construction works at Mitrovica Bridge (Epoka e Re)
• Ivanovic appeals for temporary establishment of Association (RTK)
• Vetevendosje activists plead not guilty to terrorism charges (Koha, Zeri)
• 671 police officers under investigation (Epoka e Re)
• Police release Serb man wrongfully arrested for war crimes (Klan Kosova)

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Headlines 24 February

By   /  24/02/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

Apostolova: Rule of law, SAA foundation (Zeri)
Delawie condemns threats of MPs on demarcation (Bota Sot)
Mustafa: I am ready to face those who oppose demarcation (Tribuna Channel)
Hoxhaj: EU should reward Kosovo (Klan Kosova)
Five persons charged for attack on Turkish consulate in Prizren (dailies)
Bota Sot: KFOR’s list of SHIK members

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