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UNMIK Headlines 15 December

By   17 hours ago

• Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Kosovo
• Statement by the Representative of Secretary General (media)
• Kosovo leaders: Army will serve to peace and stability of the region (Epoka)
• Pacolli’s message on the army addressed to the world countries (RTK)
• Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry responds to Maja Kocijancic (media)
• NATO to look into relation with KSF during its next meeting (media)
• Russia requests from KFOR to demilitarize and disband KSF (Koha)
• France recognizes Kosovo’s army (media)
• Serbian Army Chief of Staff: We are vigilantly monitoring situation in Kosovo (RTK)
• FYROM against creation of Kosovo’s army (Zeri)
• Bolton stresses the need for speedy agreement between Kosovo and Serbia (Koha)
• Haradinaj with a draft-book on issues to be discussed with Serbia (Koha)
• Assembly to gather for extraordinary session today at 14:00 hours (Koha)
• “Harshest condemnation of so-called Kosovo army” (Serbian Government, B92)
• Djuric: Illegal formation in Serbian territory, do not join it (B92)
• UN SC session on Monday, West seeking session “behind closed doors” (Tanjug, TASS)

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UNMIK Headlines 14 December

By   2 days ago

• Army Day (dailies)
• Thaci: KSF built as multiethnic force in line with NATO standards (Koha)
• Rama: Army to deploy throughout Kosovo (Zeri)
• Ambassador Kosnett meets KSF Commander Rama (Koha)
• Kosnett: Kosovo’s Army, a historic decision (media)
• O’Connell: Kosovo has a right to army, Serbs should not fear (Kosova Sot)
• Annen: Germany does not question Kosovo’s right for the army (Epoka)
• Schieb: Kosovo has right to army, Serbia should recognize Kosovo (Express)
• Haziri: Government being ungrateful to EU over army (Telegrafi)
• Haradinaj presents draft for normalization of relations with Serbia (Epoka)
• Dobruna: I said no army respected laws more than KLA (dailies)
• Explosive device discovered near Gazimestan (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 13 December

By   3 days ago

• Foggo: Kosovo army, sovereign decision (Koha/Zeri)
• AP: Serbia to confront U.S. and NATO if it tries to enter Kosovo into (Kosova Sot)
• UK supports creation of Kosovo army (Epoka e Re)
• Haradinaj: No one should try to evade justice (media)
• Over ten invitations from Specialist Chambers (Zeri)
• Kocijancic: Mogherini’s role is to facilitate dialogue (Zeri)
• Limaj: Kosovo has two very important issues ahead (RTK)
• VV: Haradinaj’s criticism of EU, coverup for his own failures (Koha)
• Arifi: Donations for Mitrovica North hospital released (RTK)
• Kandic calls for regional cooperation on war crimes (Koha Ditore)
• Names of 700 Serbs suspected of war crimes sent to prosecution (Arberesh.info)
• Kosovo government to fund reconstruction of a Bujanovac school (Epoka)

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UNMIK Headlines 12 December

By   4 days ago

• Haradinaj: Mogherini has ‘killed’ the dialogue (media)
• Mogherini’s office doesn’t comment on Haradinaj’s statement (Koha)
• German FM reiterates position against border changes (Zeri)
• PSD requests from MPs to support draft resolution for dialogue (Epoka)
• Specialist Chambers say Kosovo institutions have a duty to cooperate (Koha)
• KLA commander refuses to cooperate with Specialist Chambers (Bota Sot)
• Haradinaj: Not the end of the world if freedom fighters to go to Hague (RTK)
• Government has identified additional measures towards Serbia (Koha)
• Kosovo DPM Hoxhaj meets U.S. Defence Secretary Mattis (Bota Sot)

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UNMIK Headlines 11 December

By   5 days ago

• Mogherini doesn’t rule out border change option (dailies)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo’s army will serve peace in the world (AP)
• KSF Commander: Consensus in NATO, impossible (Klan Kosova)
• Hahn: Delays on lifting import tax, unacceptable (Klan Kosova)
• Haradinaj says he cannot talk about “possible measures against Serbia” (Koha)
• Government considering applying full reciprocity measures to Serbia (RFE/Zeri)
• Shala to Serbia: We set the tax, not UNMIK (RTK)
• Sarovic: We will ask for Kosovo’s suspension from CEFTA and SAA (media)
• Sokol Dobruna invited by Specialist Chambers (Bota Sot/T7)
• Kosnett: Officials in Kosovo working for personal interests (Zeri)
• German Ambassador to Serbia: Parties must resume talks (media)
• “President’s involvement in dialogue should be seen as advantage” (Epoka)
• “Serb criminals, mercenaries prepared to destabilize Kosovo north” (Insajderi)

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UNMIK Headlines 10 December

By   6 days ago

• Assembly President Veseli in Washington today (RTK)
• Mustafa: Specialist chambers to also try economic crimes (media)
• U.S. Ambassador says corrupt officials should be in jail (Epoka)
• O’Connell: Kosovo has problems with corrupt politicians (Epoka)
• Kurti: Citizens of Kosovo isolated by corrupt politicians (Zeri)
• EU Council to discuss tax and KSF mandate (Epoka e Re)
• Disagreements over President’s role block initiatives for consensus (Koha)
• Gorani: PSD draft resolution on dialogue cannot be negotiated (Epoka)
• Palokaj: Kosovo should not wait for NATO’s consent to form army (Koha)
• Kosovo businesses insist on CEFTA being renegotiated (Epoka)
• Kosovo Customs: “Unconstitutionally-labelled” products not allowed in (Klan)
• Kosovo Serb politician interviewed by Serbian Intelligence Agency (media)

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UNMIK Headlines 8 December

By   1 week ago

• Haradinaj: Stoltenberg’s statement for the army is not a “NO” (media)
• Haradinaj implies bigger measures than 100-percent tax (Lajmi)
• Thaci: Blair supports dialogue on final deal between Kosovo and Serbia (media)
• Limaj supports PSD’s proposal on law on dialogue with Serbia (media)
• The “storm” of the special court (Zeri)

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UNMIK Headlines 7 December

By   1 week ago

• Specialist Chambers invite former KLA commander for interview (dailies)
• Kosnett: KSF evolution into Armed Forces, positive and natural step (RTK)
• Pacolli: U.S. is supporting us for the army (Bota Sot)
• Veseli: Kosovo Army will be an army of peace (media)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo army will not impair relations with NATO (media)
• Haradinaj: U.S. would defend Kosovo if Serbia sends army (media)
• Stoltenberg talks with Haradinaj and Vucic (media)
• EU: Kosovo Army only in accordance with Constitution (Lajmi)
• Haradinaj: Kosovo Army will be voted on December 14 (media)
• Serwer criticizes NATO’s stance on Kosovo army (Bota Sot/Epoka)
• UK supports Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic perspective (Epoka e Re)
• The isolating policies of the Haradinaj-led government (Koha)
• CEFTA meeting cut short after Serbia referred to Kosovo as UNMIK (media)
• Bahtiri: Internationals have failed in opening Mitrovica bridge (Epoka e Re)
• Government blocks actions for eventual elections in the north (Koha)

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    President Thaci back to uniform (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 days 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: We won’t accept Serbia’s violation of our sovereignty (WaPo)

    By   2 weeks ago

    Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has written an op-ed for The Washington Post where he states:“My country, Kosovo, is being asked to make an impossible choice that would cheapen the sacrifice made by U.S. soldiers, undermine the stability of the region and threaten America’s allies. In the face of sustained attack from Serbia meant to undermine our […]

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    Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue: Where the EU Went Wrong (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 weeks ago

    By: Tina Prelec The EU began 2018 vowing to focus on strengthening the rule of law in the Balkans – but attempts to speed up an agreement between Serbia and Kosovo overshadowed this and helped raise tensions to a worrying level. With a multi-front crisis between Belgrade and Pristina in full swing, and with the […]

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    Decentralization is an alternative to partition (Prishtina Insight)

    By   2 months ago

    By: David L. Philips Kosovo is at a critical crossroads, and devolution of power from the executive would advance good governance, equality and the strengthening of democracy. Down one path lies partition, which seeks to placate Serbia. Proponents wrongly believe that adjusting borders will help Kosovo gain greater global recognition. Another path involves decentralization, which […]

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    Kosovo’s Interpol bid – and its ramifications for EU (EUobserver)

    By   2 months ago

    Eliott Behar, former domestic criminal prosecutor and international war crimes prosecutor, writes in an op-ed for EUobserver that as Interpol’s General Assembly prepares to vote on whether to admit Kosovo as its newest member, there is little question that Kosovo meets the criteria for membership. “It has a large police force, numbering over 8,000 employees […]

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    Breaking old habits in the Balkans (European Council on Foreign Relations)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Robert Cooper Opinions cost nothing, but it is not our opinions that matter – let’s not take sides before we know what has been proposed. “An intellectual hatred is the worst”, says W B Yeats, “So let her think opinions are accursed.” That’s what I used to think when I was involved in diplomacy […]

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    Fresh Momentum for the Balkans (Project Syndicate)

    By   3 months ago

    Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy and former Secretary-General of NATO, writes in an opinion piece for news organisation Project Syndicate that the last decades have brought more frustration than progress to the Balkans but that no conflict is unsolvable when “diplomatic creativity and political will are brought to bear.” […]

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    Kosovo-Serbia Deal – Saving Faces or Saving Borders (Balkan Insight)

    By   3 months ago

    By: Gezim Krasniqi The contradictory reactions to proposals to resolve the Kosovo issue through border changes has exposed the international community’s confusion over what its priorities are. Recent announcements by the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo, that they are considering border changes to reach a historic peace settlement, have sent shockwaves across the region. Speaking […]

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      Kosovo Government congratulates citizens on creation of army (media)

      By   2 days ago

      The government of Kosovo issued a statement following Assembly’s vote to form an army congratulating the citizens of Kosovo and expressing gratitude for NATO, KFOR, the United States, Germany, Great Britain, France, Italy and all other countries that served for peace in Kosovo. The government said the Law on the Kosovo Security Force defines the […]

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      Finland congratulates Kosovo on army (Zeri)

      By   2 days ago

      “The Finnish Embassy congratulates Kosovo for the adoption of three laws initiating the process of transition of the Kosovo Security Force. We encourage Kosovo institutions to continue cooperation with NATO allies and other partners as well as efforts in achieving normalization of relations with Serbia. Dialogue and building trust among communities are vital for the regional […]

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      EU reacts to the creation of Kosovo army (Kallxo)

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      European Union has issued a statement following Kosovo Assembly’s adoption of laws giving the Kosovo Security Force additional powers. “The Kosovo Assembly adopted today a legislation on the Kosovo Security Force. Like NATO, the European Union continues to share the view that the mandate of the KSF should only be changed through an inclusive and […]

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      Haradinaj: The Army belongs to everyone (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      After the creation of the Army, the Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj, congratulated in a media statement all citizens of Kosovo. He said the army belongs to everyone. “It is an army of everyone, we will always be for peace. This is not an army to turn against its own population, be them in […]

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      Mustafa: Kosovo army to serve peace, security and stability (Telegrafi)

      By   2 days ago

      Leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) Isa Mustafa congratulated the people of Kosovo on the creation of the army saying his party has continuously supported the advancement of the Kosovo Security Force. “The Democratic League of Kosovo was committed to ensuring this process be in cooperation with the U.S., NATO, EU and other […]

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      Veseli to KSF cadets: From today, attention! (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      The President of the Assembly of Kosovo Kadri Veseli has closed the Assembly session for approval of the laws that transform Kosovo Security Force into Army, in a very interesting way. “We have KSF cadets present here at the session, who will be future officers of the Army of Kosovo, and we congratulate them in […]

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      Kurti: Army is Kosovo’s victory (Kosovapress)

      By   2 days ago

      Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti said creation of Kosovo army is a victory for every person that has made sacrifices, especially the martyrs who paid the ultimate price for freedom. Kurti said that over 70 amendments contained in the three draft laws for transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an army have been proposed […]

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      Thaci: Army is the honor, security and well-being of Kosovo (RTK)

      By   2 days ago

      The President of Kosovo took to Facebook to write that the army is Kosovo’s honor, security and well being of Kosovo. “After two very tough decades, we are finally concluding the process of the state-building. At the Assembly of Kosovo, with absolute majority, despite political differences, as in very rare cases, the elected of the […]

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        Djuric: An illegal armed formation, KFOR to disarm them (Serbian media)

        By   2 days ago

        Regional broadcaster N1 reports that Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Djuric told reporters in the Government of Serbia that Kosovo Army for Serbia is an illegal armed formation on the territory of Serbia, formed with an aim of violently changing the borders of the country. “The decision on its formation aims […]

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        Serbian FM Dacic: We will seek an urgent session of the UN Security Council due to the Pristina’s decision (Tanjug, RTS)

        By   2 days ago

        RTS reports that Serbia will seek today the holding of an urgent session of the UN Security Council due to the worst violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 by the Pristina’s decision to form a Kosovo army, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said. “This is the most direct threat to peace and stability in […]

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        Rakic: Pristina has showed it does not want peace (TV Most)

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        At the extraordinary press conference of the Crisis Committee of the four northern Kosovo municipalities, President of Serbian List Goran Rakic ​​said Pristina’s decision to form Kosovo army showed that it did not want peace. Rakic ​​has called on Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija to remain peaceful, not to fall for provocations. He stressed that […]

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        Head of EU Delegation in Serbia says Kosovo army must be in line with Constitution (TV N1, BETA)

        By   2 days ago

        Head of EU Delegation in Serbia Sem Fabrizi said on Friday that the Kosovo army should be formed in line with the Constitution which does not mean that today’s vote on three laws to transform the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) is contrary to it, TV N1 reports. “Our view is clear. The EU shares the […]

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        Students in Mitrovica North will symbolically bury international law and resolution 1244 (Vecernje Novosti)

        By   2 days ago

        Vecernje Novosti reports that the new protest of the students in Mitrovica North is scheduled for today at 12.30. A walk is planned from the student canteen to the headquarters of the OSCE and UNMIK, where it will symbolically be buried International Law, UNSC Resolution 1244, the UN Charter and the military-technical agreement from Kumanovo at 12.44.

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        Kosovo Assembly adopts laws to establish army (B92, RTS, Tanjug)

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        The Kosovo Assembly in Pristina on Friday adopted three draft laws allowing for transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces (KSF) into an army. Several future “soldiers” also walked into the parliament (see video below), B92 reports. RTS is reporting said that the legislation in question was passed “under accelerated procedure and unanimously.” The decision, that […]

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        Brnabic: Today is difficult day, does not contribute to cooperation in region (BETA, Danas)

        By   2 days ago

        Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said today is a difficult day for her, but that Serbia would continue its path towards peace and prosperity, BETA news agency reports. She added today’s decision of the Kosovo Assembly to pass the laws on transformation of the Kosovo Security Forces does not contribute to the cooperation in the […]

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        Srpska Lista MPs do not participate in today’s Kosovo Assembly session (Tanjug)

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        Tanjug news agency reports that MPs of Srpska Lista do not take part in today’s Kosovo Assembly, session, set to approve laws on the transformation of Kosovo Security Forces into an army.

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          Kosovo Parliament Votes to Create an Army, Defying Serbia and NATO (NYT)

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          Kosovo’s Parliament on Friday overwhelmingly approved the formation of an army from its security forces, a move fiercely opposed by NATO and neighboring Serbia, which said it would threaten peace in the war-scarred Balkan region. All 107 lawmakers present in the 120-seat Parliament voted in favor of passing three draft laws to turn the 4,000-member […]

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          Kosovo legislature approves creation of national army (DW)

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          Serbia opposed the move, accusing Pristina of “beating war drums.” The law would create a new department of defense and convert the Kosovo Security Force into an army. The US pushed for the move, but NATO reacted warily. https://bit.ly/2SODcmJ

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          Kosovo’s Panda Café Massacre Mystery Unresolved 20 Years On (Balkan Insight)

          By   2 days ago

          Two decades after the ‘Panda Café massacre’ of six young Serbs, which fuelled the war in Kosovo, no one has been convicted and ethnic Albanians who were wrongly arrested still suffer the consequences. The Panda Café, a small, drab coffee bar in the western Kosovo town of Peja/Pec, looks almost the same as it did […]

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          Kosovo approves new army despite Serb opposition, NATO criticism (Reuters)

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          Kosovo’s parliament voted on Friday to create a 5,000-strong standing army, a week after Serbia’s premier suggested the move could provoke military intervention by Belgrade. The move, coming 20 years after Kosovo Albanians’ uprising against Serbian rule and a decade after independence, was lauded as “historic” by the United States but NATO criticized it as […]

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          Kosovo Votes to Turn Security Force Into Army (Balkan Insight)

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          The Kosovo parliament on Friday, as expected, adopted three draft laws on the Kosovo Security Force, FSK, giving the lightly armed force the attributes of an army. Kosovo’s parliament on Friday on a second reading approved three draft laws on the Kosovo Security Force, KSF, expanding its competences and creating a legal base for its […]

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          Kosovo’s army dreamers enrage their Serbian neighbours (BBC)

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          If Kosovo is still committed to a Euro-Atlantic path, it has wandered dramatically off-piste in recent weeks. First it raised a 100% tariff on imports from neighbouring Serbia. Now its MPs are set to vote on raising an army. Both these measures run counter to warnings, threats and pleas from both the European Union and […]

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          Lawmakers In Kosovo Set To Vote On Creation Of Full Army (RFE)

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          Lawmakers in Kosovo will vote on December 14 on whether to create a full-fledged army, a move that has inflamed tensions with its former wartime foe Serbia. https://bit.ly/2S0tjST

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          Kosovo expected to vote to form army (Euronews)

          By   3 days ago

          Moves by Kosovo to build itself an army have angered neighboring Serbia, which has floated the idea of military intervention. In a vote set for Friday, Kosovo’s 120-seat parliament is expected to easily approve draft government-submitted legislation to turn its existing 4,000-strong paramilitary unit — Kosovo Security Force (KSF) — into an expanded, lightly-armed army. […]

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