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“If we said we’d form union with RS – what would you say?” (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Edi Rama’s statement about a union between Albania and Kosovo again confirms that creation of a Greater Albania is a common platform of all ethnic Albanians. Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said this late on Tuesday in reaction to the Albanian prime minister’s interview given to the website Politico, during which […]

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Albanian PM told it’s “rude” to eye other people’s territory (B92)

By   /  19/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The head of the Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija says that “nobody should play with attempting to revive the fascist idea of a Greater Albania.” Marko Djuric in this way responded to Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who said that he could not rule out the possibility of “a union between Albania and Kosovo” […]

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Thaci again threatens to sue Serbia for genocide (B92, Tanjug)

By   /  18/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

For the second time in a month, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has taken to Facebook to announce that Serbia would be sued for genocide. Thaci’s latest threat comes after his failed attempt to form an army in Kosovo, and ahead of the raising of the first indictments by the Specialist Court for KLA crimes, expected […]

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UNMIK Headlines 18 April

By   /  18/04/2017  /  UNMIK Media Reports  /  No Comments

• Mustafa: Let us surpass ourselves on visa liberalisation (Epoka e Re)
• Thaci: We will sue Serbia for genocide soon (Epoka e Re)
• “Fresh elections in Kosovo to take place on 28 May or 4 June?” (Klan Kosova)
• Recica: If border demarcation fails, PDK ready for elections (Telegrafi)
• “Elections to be held in June, new government: PDK-AAK-NISMA” (Epoka)
• “North privileged by special employment law” (Koha Ditore)
• Fire at medical clinic in Mitrovica north (Klan Kosova)

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Russian and EU parliamentarians “could meet in Serbia” (B92)

By   /  13/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Brussels is considering the possibility of holding a meeting between European Parliament members and Russian legislators “on neutral territory.” And this territory may be Serbia, according to a report in Russia’s Izvestia newspaper, cited by TASS. The initiative came from Jiri Mastalka, deputy chairman of the EP Committee on Relations with Russia, the daily said. […]

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“Normalization of relations with Kosovo necessary condition” (B92)

By   /  13/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia has the clearest stability of all countries in the region and it wants to have a stabilizing effect on other Western Balkan states. This is what Serbian Prime Minister and President-elect Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting with German Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on in Belgrade on Wednesday. Germany has always been […]

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A Serbian Election Erodes Democracy (The New York Times)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

With Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s decisive victory in the presidential election on April 2, Serbia has edged closer to autocracy. Though the presidency is largely ceremonial, Mr. Vucic can now handpick his successor as prime minister and consolidate his power, since Parliament and the judiciary are all but locked up by Mr. Vucic’s Serbian Progressive […]

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‘Logical Cooperation’: Serbia to Join Russia-Led Defense Bloc in War Games (Sputnik)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

Later this year, Serbia will take part in Collective Security Treaty Organization drills as a full-fledged member for the first time; the other six nations which comprise the regional military alliance are all close Russian allies and former Soviet republics. September 2017 will see Serbia’s full-blown participation in the war games of the Collective Security […]

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McCain in Belgrade for meeting with Vucic (B92)

By   /  10/04/2017  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

US Senator John McCain will arrive in Belgrade for a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Vucic announced this during a news conference on Sunday, and said he and McCain will speak “about the position of Serbia and Kosovo.” Vucic said he “assumed” that “relationship toward Serbia, that is, about what is part of […]

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Bumpy Ride Ahead (Balkan Insight)

By   /  07/04/2017  /  International  /  No Comments

A growing political crisis in Albania, fears over foreigners buying up land in Serbia and problems of youth radicalisation are among the top stories on Balkan Insight this week. Hotting Up The political scene in Albania seems to be getting more and more heated by the day. No accident, given that Parliamentary elections are only […]

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David McAllister: Serbia to admit crimes committed in Kosovo (RTK)

By   /  05/04/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The EU Rapporteur for Serbia and head of the Commission for Foreign Policies at the European Parliament, David McAllister, told German media that Serbia cannot become an EU member without admitting crimes committed in Kosovo and without normalization of the relations with Kosovo. “Serbia has to admit committed crimes during the conflict with Kosovo,” Mc […]

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Thaci: No one can use veto on establishment of Kosovo’s army (Koha)

By   /  04/04/2017  /  Articles from Kosovo media  /  No Comments

The President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, said that establishment of Kosovo’s army is already a necessity. “I have undertaken the legal initiative for KSF being convinced that all the possibilities to create it through the Constitution were exhausted. This also came as a need being that Kosovo cannot be part of NATO without an army. […]

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