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“We should ask for EU’s concessions to stop blocking Kosovo” (B92, Blic)

By   /  21/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Rasim Ljajic believes that a frozen conflict related to the Kosovo issue does not suit Serbia, and proposes “normalization without recognition” as a solution. The minister of trade, telecommunications, and tourism, who also serves as a deputy PM and is the leader of the SDPS party, is the latest Serbian official to write an op-ed […]

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Kosovo’s Interpol membership is far from assured (Kosovo 2.0)

By   /  21/08/2017  /  Opinions  /  No Comments

By Leonora Aliu As UN General Assembly vote approaches, does Kosovo have the support? Toward the end of 2014, Slobodan Gavric, a Serbian citizen, was caught in Kosovo’s capital with 12 kilos of explosives, which turned out had been transported from Belgrade to the Arberia neighborhood in Prishtina with no problem whatsoever. As a result, […]

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Kosovo needs solution, not models (Serbian media)

By   /  18/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said today that although all proposals for resolving the Kosovo issues are welcome, one should bear in mind that a solution is needed and not ideas, such as the “Cyprus model”, which practically would mean maintaining a “frozen conflict”. Commenting on proposals to reduce, and then abolishment of UN mission in […]

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“Athletes from Serbia and Kosovo must stand on same podiums” (B92)

By   /  18/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

If our athletes and those from the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo meet on a podium, “they will have to stay there,” says Bozidar Maljkovic. The president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia has taken a firm stance on this, and “will not back down from it even at the price of being sacked. “If the […]

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UN Warns Kosovo That Political Stalemate Is Harming Economy, Social Opportunities

By   /  18/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The United Nations says the failure by Kosovo lawmakers to form a government more than two months after elections is causing the country to miss out on “important” economic and social opportunities. The head of the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin, said on August 16 that the deadlock sparked by an inconclusive June 11 […]

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Dačić: They want to remove Kosovo from the UN agenda (Danas)

By   /  17/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

First Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said that there is no consensus of large countries, primarily Russia and China, to remove the topic of Kosovo from the UN agenda and to abolish the UN mission in Kosovo or to repeal the Resolution 1244. “It is very important for Serbia to keep the topic of Kosovo […]

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Sparks fly at UNSC session between Belgrade and Pristina (B92)

By   /  17/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The end of Wednesday’s UN Security Council on Kosovo session saw “a fierce debate” between Serbian FM Ivica Dacic and Kosovo’s US ambassador, Vlora Citaku. On that occasion, Dacic told the Western countries they were hurting the Serbian people by advocating the abolition of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo and Metohija – something also […]

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Kosovo journalist Parim Olluri attacked in Pristina (Prishtina Insight)

By   /  17/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Award-winning investigative journalist Parim Olluri was attacked late last night in Kosovo capital by unidentified assailants. Parim Olluri, the director of Insajderi news outlet, was attacked last night in front of his apartment on Bajram Kelmendi Street in Pristina. At the time of the attack, he was accompanied by his wife who fainted but was […]

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Kosovo and FYROM sign agreement on border point in Stancic (RTK)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

Kosovo and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia signed today protocol for creation of a new border point in Stancic. Kosovo’s Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs, Emanuel Demaj, said that this agreement is very important as it enables free movement of the people from both sides. “Kosovo has fulfilled all its obligations with regards to […]

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Kosovo: Political crisis mines the dialogue process with Serbia (Independent Balkan News Agency)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

The failure to create new institutions in Kosovo two months after the holding of parliamentary elections, has mined the process of dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. While the Serb leadership has launched several proposals for the solution of pending issues between the two countries, Kosovo’s politicians have not issued any […]

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Vulin: Russia to prevent entry of Kosovo to Interpol (Danas)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian Minster of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin thanked Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Chepurin, on the principled position of Russia toward Kosovo and asked the Ambassador, that Moscow, as it was the case so far, does its utmost to prevent entry of Kosovo to Interpol, Danas daily reported. The two officials also spoke about current military […]

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B92: “Big powers need crisis to keep Balkans on leash” (Vecernje Novosti, Tanjug)

By   /  16/08/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Whatever model is offered as a platform by Belgrade to solve the decades-old Kosovo and Metohija puzzle, it will not be liked by “world powers.” The daily Vecernje Novosti writes this, adding that this is the case because bringing this painful topic to an end would mean the loss of a lot of leverage that […]

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