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Pacolli: Negotiating team will support the President in dialogue with Serbia (media)

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Kosovo’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, in an interview with arbresh.info, talked about dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, the forming of the Kosovo Army, recognitions and the Specialist Chambers. Pacolli said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on getting new recognitions of Kosovo’s independence, “but there are now geo-strategic divisions in […]

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NATO supports Kosovo – Serbia dialogue, doesnt change position on army (media)

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CdM that he regrets the Kosovo Assembly’s decision to adopt a series of laws that enabled the transformation of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into the Kosovo Army, despite warnings from NATO. “Even though in principle, the transitioning of the KSF is an issue for Kosovo to decide, we […]

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Are the Bad Old Days Coming Back in the Balkans? (World Politics Review)

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On Dec. 14, Kosovo’s parliament took a step that the Serbian government had warned could lead to military intervention: It voted to form an army. Months after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and his counterpart in Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, shared a stage and discussed ongoing negotiations to bring lasting peace to the Balkans, the region seems […]

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Drecun: Albania looking to annex our territory (B92, RTS, Tanjug)

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Milovan Drecun says the “erasing” of the border between Albania and Kosovo is one of the steps leading to Albania’s annexation of a part of Serbia’s territory. The chairman of the Serbian National Assembly’s Committee on Kosovo and Metohija added that this would place a part of the international community that supports Serbia before “a […]

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“We need to reach compromise,” says Serbian president Vucic (B92, Tanjug, Espreso.rs, N1)

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“It is true that in Kosovo and Metohija not everything is Albanian, and not everything is Serbian, and the truth is that we have to reach a compromise.” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said this in an interview for the espreso.rs website. He is convinced that “those who do not understand that will lead Serbia into […]

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Serbia’s Foreign Minister invites US Secretary of State to visit Belgrade (N1, Beta)

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Ivica Dacic, the chief of Serbia’s diplomacy, said on Wednesday he had invited Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, to visit Serbia, the Beta news agency quoted his Ministry’s statement as saying. The statement added Dacic briefed Pompeo on the current situation concerning the European Union-facilitated Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations […]

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Vucic and his SNS most popular in Serbia, support for EU membership dropping (N1, Beta)

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The ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), headed by the country’s president as the most popular leader, will have the greatest voters’ support if an early election is held now, while the enthusiasm for the country’s EU membership shrinks and Kosovo is “very important” to less than a half of those covered by an opinion poll […]

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Turkey’s gift of a mosque sparks fears of ‘neo-Ottomanism’ in Kosovo (The Guardian)

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It is six years since Islamic leaders and government officials laid the cornerstone of Pristina’s new central mosque – a slab of stone now hidden beneath weeds in a parking lot. Pulling back the weeds reveals it is covered with bright red graffiti – death threats to Kosovo’s chief mufti, along with the words: “No […]

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“Russophobe NATO enthusiast” – opposition politician slammed (B92, Tanjug)

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Ruling SNS party’s Vice President Marko Djuric says it is absurd for opposition politician Vuk Jeremic to talk about Serbian-Russian relations. Djuric, who also serves as director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, added on Wednesday that Jeremic, Serbia’s former foreign minister, was part of a regime during which relations between the two nations […]

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Jeremic: Russia supports Serbia, but not current authorities (B92, Tanjug)

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Opposition People’s Party leader Vuk Jeremic says that the position of the Serbian authorities towards Russia is “insincere and hypocritical.” He argued that Russia supports Serbia, but not the current authorities. Jeremic told the srbin.info website that Russian President Vladimir Putin “does not trust Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic because of his relations with the West.” […]

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Haradinaj: Serbian List should be in the Assembly for budget vote (RTK)

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Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, said on Wednesday that it was important for Serbian List MPs to attend the Assembly session that will vote on the new budget. Haradinaj said the government has identified the needs of Serb-inhabited municipalities while drafting the budget and that they need to be present to vote on these projects. […]

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UNMIK Headlines 3 January

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• 100-percent tax expected to dominate 8 January meeting in Brussels (Koha)
• Veseli says he plans to run for Prime Minister in next elections (Lajmi)
• Limaj: Time has come for Serbia to recognize Kosovo (media)
• Wieland: Some governments are still not convinced for visa liberalization (Koha)
• Kosovo cannot expect anything from Romanian EU presidency (Koha)
• A special January (Zeri)
• Kosovo might not apply for INTERPOL membership this year (Koha)
• Deputy Minister Stankovic stopped at Merdare, interviewed by BIA (media)
• Detention for suspects in Ivanovic murder extended by another month (Koha)

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