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UNMIK Headlines 22 March

By   2 days ago

• Limaj: Mutual recognition, territory is non-negotiable (RTK)
• France has no red lines on Kosovo – Serbia agreement (media)
• Vucic: Delays in dialogue with Kosovo may inflame the region (Reuters/media)
• Montenegrin FM: Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to end in mutual recognition (media)
• Veseli: Kosovo committed to cultivate good neighborly relations (RTK)
• Mustafa criticizes those who left Kosovo isolated (RTK)
• KFOR refutes Drecun: False information cause fear and danger (media)
• EU Office wants investigation into brawl between Serb officials (Express)
• Special Court announces new invitations for interviews (Lajmi)
• “EU is colonizing Kosovo north with Serbs from Bosnia and Croatia” (Express)

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UNMIK Headlines 21 March

By   3 days ago

European Commission spares Serbia, blocks statements against it (Koha)
Limaj: I don’t understand the opposition! (RTK)
Kosovo Serb MP Petrovic verbally and physically assaulted in Pristina (media)
Kosnett: Not the laws but politics is the problem of corruption (Klan)
Pacolli: Dacic is lying, I did not chase or threaten him (RTK)
Montenegrin foreign minister visits Pristina (Koha)
Slovenian FM Cerar dismisses possibility of de-recognising Kosovo (Koha)
Selimi: Lifting the tariff would turn Kosovo to an even worse position (Epoka)
Mustafa: No candidacy announced yet for LDK leader (dailies)
Walker optimistic for a Kosovo – Serbia deal this year (media)
Bushati: Term “border correction” doesn’t exist in international law (Koha)
EU allocates funds for Serb returnees (Zeri)
Djuric: Hands off from Pristina parallel University (RTK)

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UNMIK Headlines 20 March

By   4 days ago

• Haradinaj: Discussions on tax and borders “outworn” (dailies)
• Mogherini: Prespa Agreement to serve as inspiration for the region (Bota Sot)
• Russian representative comments on Kosovo-Serbia land swap option (Indeksonline)
• Government approves national programme for SAA implementation (Koha)
• Rugova: Haziri could be next LDK leader (Zeri)
• Kastrati: Tariff to be suspended only if Kosovo benefits from dialogue (Klan)
• Kosnett calls for transparency and accountability of institutions (Epoka)
• EU Ambassadors informed about rule of law developments (Epoka)
• Kosovo Telecom board director resigns (Klan Kosova)
• Status of sexual violence survivors recognised to only 301 individuals (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 19 March

By   5 days ago

• Madison: U.S. expects commitment in corruption fight (dailies)
• Hoxha: Visa liberalisation decision, after EU elections (Zeri)
• Mustafa: President to unblock CEC (media)
• Vetevendosje accuses PDK of “suffocating” justice system (Koha)
• “Denial of committed crimes is worse than committing them” (media)
• Dacic’s associate with “dark past” leading Serbia’s lobbying against Kosovo (Koha)
• Kurti: New elections are more than necessary (Epoka)
• Matoshi: Tariff should be reconsidered (Epoka e Re)
• Analysts: Parliamentary elections in autumn (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 18 March

By   6 days ago

• Haradinaj: Albanians have no land to give away (dailies)
• Veseli: No visa liberalisation for Kosovars, more than shameful for EU (media)
• Analysts: Kosovo-Serbia agreement could invalidate Resolution 1244 (RFE)
• Hoti: No need for referendum on Kosovo-Serbia agreement (media)
• Mustafa: Government should resign (Kosova Sot)
• VV: Blocking of CEC prevents activity of opposition parties (dailies)
• Vucic accuses Haradinaj for violent protests in Serbia (media)
• Matoshi has a message for Kosovo Serbs (RTK)
• Unclear who is paying for north’s electricity bills (Koha Ditore)
• Tahiri at UN seeking justice for survivors of sexual violence in Kosovo (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 15 March

By   1 week ago

• Thaci: Border correction should not be confused with land swap (Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj: If Trump calls a meeting, we’ll immediately suspend tariff (media)
• Final settlement between Kosovo and Serbia not expected this year (Zeri)
• Constitutional Court playing attorney’s role for President Thaci (Koha)
• Apostolova: Tariff is impeding European Reforms Agenda (media)
• Kosnett: Kosovo continues to be held back by corruption (media)
• Kosovo’s Ministry of Defense reacts to Dacic’s threats (media)
• Dacic on whether U.S. and Russia support Kosovo partition (Koha)
• Serbian Minister: Police and Army ready to be deployed in the north (media)
• Hoti: EU to react to Serbia’s threatening statements (media)
• Turkey responds to U.S. on deportation of Turkish nationals from Kosovo (Epoka)
• Opposition planning to call urgent session on Gulenists case (Koha)
• Hoxhaj complains about violation of regional cooperation agreement (Koha)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 March

By   1 week ago

• UK calls on Kosovo leaders to remove import tariff (Zeri)
• State delegation complains that tariff is damaging dialogue (Koha)
• Three top delegations came and left, tariff remains in force (Zeri)
• Haradinaj: Dialogue was derailed long before tariffs were introduced (media)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo committed to long-term partnership with U.S. (Zeri)
• KFOR refutes Vucic: There are no plans to intervene in the North (RTK)
• Fajon: I have great trust in Mogherini (RTK)
• Government, opposition call on President to nominate CEC members (media)
• U.S. State Department identifies violations of human rights in Kosovo (Epoka)
• Citaku: Proudly shared stories of amazing women from Kosovo at UN (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 March

By   2 weeks ago

• Haradinaj: All international allies are calling for tariff to be lifted (media)
• Mogherini ready to call dialogue as soon as tariff is revoked (RTK)
• Tahiri: We won’t allow relations with U.S. to be threatened (media)
• Isufi: Serbia should be pressured, 100-percent tariff remains (Klan)
• PDK’s unserious threats for elections (Zeri)
• Vucic: We won’t recognize Kosovo with its current borders (Zeri/Prva)
• Sfecla: We were compromised in the case of six Turkish nationals (Zeri)
• Konjufca: Thaci is behind deportation of Turkish nationals (Express/Bota Sot)
• Cuni on Turkish nationals’ deportation: AKI was misused for illegal acts (media)
• Kosovo Assembly to hold another extraordinary session today (media)
• UN and EU jointly host Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security (RTK)
• Tahiri calls on women to use activism to prevent border correction ideas (Koha)
• Mogherini offers support to Kosovo survivors of sexual violence (media)
• Chief Executive Officer of World Jewish Congress visits Kosovo (media)
• Assembly President Veseli travels for an official visit to Japan (RTK)

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    Women in Dialogue – Women designing the future (Koha Ditore)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Koha Ditore carries on its supplement “Koha for women” issue today an editorial piece by Sonja Licht, President of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence. Below find the complete opinion piece. I felt really honored when the Kosovar Gender Studies Center asked me to write a piece for the Koha Ditore supplement Koha per Grate. […]

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    Opinion: Serbia-Kosovo land swap will open Pandora’s box (DW)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Christian Schwarz-Schilling A momentous step shrouded in secrecy is currently underway: Serbia and Kosovo are planning to trade territories. But shifting borders in the Balkans is a mistake, writes guest policy expert Christian Schwarz-Schilling. The West’s ironclad common principle, that the practice of redrawing borders along ethnic lines be avoided at all costs, doesn’t […]

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    Pacolli: The EU must grant visa free travel to Kosovo (EURACTIV)

    By   1 month ago

    In an op-ed published in EURACTIV, Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacollli called on the EU to deliver on its promise for visa-free travel to Kosovo. “We are still faced with the shameful situation of having to apply for a visa (a costly and time-consuming process) just in order to take holidays or visit relative,” Pacolli […]

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    Scott, Kosnett: 2019 should be the year for agreement (Zeri/Politika)

    By   1 month ago

    In a joint op-ed published in Zeri, the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott, and the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett, said that the courage and creativity of leaders in Athens and Skopje to resolve decades-long dispute should serve as inspiration for all other leaders in the region and that it is time for […]

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    All the president’s fish (Koha Ditore)

    By   2 months ago

    Koha Ditore columnist Adriatik Kelmendi recalls an anecdote attributed to the former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who asked: “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” and draws a parallel with the current situation in Kosovo characterized by ‘cacophony’ and ‘lack of unity’. “Today, it can be said in an unreserved […]

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    Veseli: Dialogue (Klan Kosova)

    By   3 months ago

    Op-ed by Kosovo Assembly President Kadri Veseli. In the year we are leaving behind, we lost too much time pointing fingers at one another for problems and issues that are a joint responsibility of the whole political landscape. Regrettably, the whole political discourse was dominated by an absurd race of negative criticism. The public and […]

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    Why it’s time for the Kosovo Security Force (EUobserver)

    By   3 months ago

    Kosovo’s Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli writes in an opinion piece for EUobserver that Kosovo needs an army to protect its territorial integrity and citizens of all communities and that the new, transformed Kosovo Security Force will be “a professional, multiethnic and NATO-interoperable army.” “The overarching logic is that an established and transformed KSF will be […]

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    President Thaci back to uniform (Prishtina Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Eraldin Fazliu  Clad in his military best, Kosovo’s president has broken his silence on the eve of tomorrow’s vote at the Kosovo Assembly, congratulating the KSF on the expansion of their mandate. In what has been described as an “inspection” of soldiers at the Adem Jashari military base in Prishtina on Thursday, Kosovo’s president […]

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      Haradinaj: EU and U.S. should help reach of Kosovo-Serbia agreement (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      The Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj appealed to the European Union and the United States of America to help reach the final agreement of mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia. He made these comments during promotion of works on Pristina – Mitrovica motorway. He said this road is an arteria which connects economy of […]

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      Resolution on games of chance endorsed (RTK)

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      The Assembly of Kosovo endorsed today draft resolution proposed by 49 members of the Assembly of Kosovo to suspend the activities of casinos and games of chance and to amend the respective law. The draft resolution initially suspends the activities of casinos and games of chance for thirty days, when the government is expected to […]

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      Haradinaj hails initiative to suspend casinos and games of chance (media)

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      Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, said today that he has recently asked for the initiation of procedures to close and suspend the activities of casinos and games of chances, several news websites report. Haradinaj took to Facebook to write, “I welcome the draft resolution proposed by 49 members of the Assembly of the Republic of […]

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      Mustafa criticizes those who left Kosovo isolated (RTK)

      By   3 days ago

      Isa Mustafa, leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) has criticized politicians who according to him, left Kosovo citizens without visas. On the first anniversary of the endorsement of the demarcation of the border with Montenegro, he wrote: “all of you should admit that you were only after votes and power. Admit your guilt […]

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      Veseli: Kosovo committed to cultivate good neighborly relations (RTK)

      By   3 days ago

      Kadri Veseli, Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, hosted today a meeting with the Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srdjan Darmanovic. They discussed relations that Kosovo and Montenegro have built as well as possibility for their enhancement in all spheres of cooperation, for the benefit of the citizens of both countries. Veseli said Kosovo remains […]

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      Swiss news agency on Kosovo-Albania, correction of borders, and unification of Albanians (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Swiss news agency Neue Zürcher Zeitung published an article on the agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, “correction of borders” and “unification of Albanians.” According to this news agency, a day does not pass in Western Balkans without politicians’ mentioning possible territorial swap between Kosovo and Serbia. This reportedly can be part of an agreement that […]

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      Montenegrin FM: Kosovo-Serbia dialogue to end in mutual recognition (media)

      By   3 days ago

      Foreign Minister of Montenegro, Srdjan Darmanovic, said in a visit to Kosovo that his country supports any option that would lead to normalisation of relations between Kosovo and Serbia but that border correction “is not the best idea”. “We see there are different concepts regarding the outcome, one of them being correction of territories. We […]

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      Limaj: We go to Brussels only for mutual recognition, territory is non-negotiable (RTK)

      By   3 days ago

      Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and co-head of the state delegation for talks with Serbia, Fatmir Limaj, said today that Kosovo’s position in the EU-brokered dialogue is clear: mutual recognition with Serbia. Limaj said this position is clear and that Kosovo’s territory is non-negotiable. He made these remarks during a public debate on Kosovo’s platform for […]

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        Raska-Prizren Eparchy: Tabloid reporting of TV Most instrument of cheap political settling (KoSSev)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbian Orthodox Church Raska-Prizren Eparchy reacted to yesterday’s TV Most report saying that “Bishop Tedosije known for his harsh criticism of the Serbian state representatives and the Serbs who do not think as he does,” has met “secretly” with the Kosovo Internal Affairs Minister, KoSSev portal reported. The Eparchy assessed such reporting “as obviously politically […]

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        Brnabic: 1999 bombing did not happen due to fault of Serbian citizens (Serbian Government, RTS, B92)

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        Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said today that Serbia is aware of the mistakes it has made in the past but added that NATO bombing in 1999 was the fault of others, not the citizens of Serbia. Brnabic stressed at the conference “NATO aggression on the FR Yugoslavia: 20 years after” that Serbia must not forget […]

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        Only Washington did more than condemnation (RTS)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic told the RTS in the “Oko” show, about the relations between Belgrade and Pristina, that the abolition of the tariffs is not in sight. “I do not see that Pristina is thinking about acting constructively, in accordance with the time in which we live. Pristina is trying to sharpen the […]

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        Vucic: I assure Europe – Serbia is completely stable (B92, Tanjug, La Republicca)

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        The president of Serbia has told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that Serbia was absolutely stable. Aleksandar Vucic was responding when asked “whether stability was threatened in the aftermath of the weekend conflict (during oppposition protests).” He added that violent perpetrators do not represent Serbia. “I assure Europe: Serbia is absolutely stable. Unfortunately, peaceful demonstrations […]

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        French Ambassador Mondoloni on Serbian-French relations, dialogue with Pristina (TV N1)

        By   3 days ago

        French Ambassador to Serbia Frederic Mondoloni told TV N1 on Thursday that his country’s President Emmanuel Macron should visit Serbia in July, adding Paris wants “a strong Europe and a strong Serbia in the European Union.” He said the last visit at this level took place 18 years ago and that Serbia and France had […]

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        Drecun: “KFOR is silent – but what’s Albanian army doing in Kosovo?” (TV Pink, B92, Tanjug)

        By   3 days ago

        “A joint exercise by the Albanian army and the so-called KSF in Kosovo and Metohija is intended to intimidate the Serb people,” Milovan Drecun said. And these are preparations for a possible provoking of violence in the north of Kosovo and Metohija (KiM), the chair of the Serbian National Assembly Committee for Kosovo and Metohija […]

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        Kosovo Serbs: No compromise over University of Pristina with the seat in Mitrovica North (RTS)

        By   3 days ago

        The Pristina University with the seat in Mitrovica North was, is and will be part of the educational system of the Republic of Serbia, and there is no compromise about it, said Rade Grbic, Rector of the University. The Serbian List MP in the Assembly of Kosovo, Igor Simic says that none of the Serbian […]

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        Argentina will not change its position on Kosovo (RTS)

        By   3 days ago

        Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic spoke in Buenos Aires with Deputy Foreign Minister of Argentine, Gustavo Zlauvinen, who stressed that Argentina will not change its position on the non-recognition of Kosovo’s unilaterally declared independence. Dacic thanked Argentine’s support for the Serbian attitudes, and which Argentine representatives provide in international organizations, stressing the importance of consistent […]

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          20 years on, Serbian victims of NATO bombings feel forgotten (The Japan Times)

          By   2 days ago

          On the outskirts of the southern Serbian town of Surdulica a black cross looms above a grave covered in a tangle of weeds. This is the final resting place of some of the hundreds of civilians killed by the NATO air attacks launched 20 years ago this Sunday, a tragedy survivors feel is as forgotten […]

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          Kosovo grapples with bloody past 20 years after NATO’s first war (NBCNews)

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          The country is one of the most pro-American places on Earth thanks to a U.S.-led bombing campaign in 1999. See at:https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/kosovo-grapples-bloody-past-20-years-after-nato-s-first-n982656

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          West Began Dismantling Int’l Law When NATO Bombed Yugoslavia – Lavrov (Sputnik, TASS)

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          Western countries, including the United States, began dismantling the international legal framework when NATO decided to launch airstrikes in Yugoslavia in 1999, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. See at: https://sputniknews.com/europe/201903221073445813-nato-yugoslavia-airstrikes/

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          The NATO Bombing Of Yugoslavia (RFE)

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          By the mid-20th century, Kosovo was an autonomous region of mostly Albanian-speaking Muslims, a minority in the rest of Yugoslavia. But tensions rose between ethnic Albanians calling for more political representation within Yugoslavia and Kosovo’s ethnic Serbs, who feared increasing marginalization on what they saw as sacred Serbian land. After Serbian socialist Slobodan Milosevic rose […]

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          Delays in Kosovo talks could destabilize Balkans, Serbia’s president says (Reuters)

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          BELGRADE (Reuters) – The failure to revive talks between Serbia and Kosovo on normalizing relations could destabilize the Western Balkan region still recovering from the wars of the 1990s, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday. See at: https://reut.rs/2CwTyup

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          The tragedy of Kosovo (Spiked)

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          Twenty years ago this week, NATO launched its first major military campaign. The US, Britain and other NATO powers pounded Serbia for 78 days. This was not a purely military operation: NATO also destroyed what it called ‘dual-use’ targets, such as factories, city bridges, and even the main television building in downtown Belgrade, in an […]

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          Kosovo grapples with bloody past 20 years after NATO’s first war (NBCnews)

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          When Ibrahim Delija walks the streets of his hometown, he worries someone will ask him for a light. Here in Mitrovica, an ethnically divided city in northern Kosovo, even this innocent question can carry a sinister motive. Delija, 21, is not worried about unprepared cigarette smokers, but rather nationalist agitators eager to provoke ethnic violence. […]

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          Ghosts of the Balkan wars are returning in unlikely places (SpectatorUSA)

          By   3 days ago

          What links the Christchurch killer with Serb leaders from the Nineties? Why is the Christchurch far-right terrorist obsessed with the crazy-haired Serb that the UN just sentenced to life in prison? How Balkan war criminals became idols to Western extremists is a bizarre story that shouldn’t be real, but is. Twenty years ago this week, […]

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