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Ambassador Kosnett’s Interview with Radio Gorazdevac (US Embassy)

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Radio Gorazdevac: Your Excellency, welcome to our studio and thank you for this interview. Ambassador Kosnett: Thank you Darko, it’s a great privilege to be here.  It’s always enjoyable to get outside the capital to explore new parts of the country and get to hear different points of view from people throughout the country. Radio […]

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A deputy minister’s vehicle torched in Zubin Potok (KoSSev, Kontakt plus radio, RTK2, KIM radio)

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A vehicle belonging to the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare in the Kosovo government and member of the Serbian lIst, Milos Perovic was torched early this morning in the center of Zubin Potok. Kosovo Police spokesperson for the Region North lieutenant Branislav Radovic told KoSSev that the vehicle was set on fire early […]

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Kosnett: LGBTI community still fighting for greater acceptation in society (Telegrafi)

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The United States Ambassador to Kosovo, Philip Kosnett, attended a conference in Pristina today for equal rights for members of the LGBTI community. Kosnett expressed his support to the community saying that more work is needed to guarantee their rights and to ensure a greater acceptation in society. “We join the calls for dignity and […]

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Kosovo’s Proposed War Tribunal for Serbs ‘Unrealistic’: Experts (Balkan Insight)

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The Pristina authorities plan to ask for the creation of a new international tribunal to try Serbs for war crimes in Kosovo, but experts believe the initiative is highly impractical and could create false hopes for victims of the conflict. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/16/kosovos-proposed-war-tribunal-for-serbs-unrealistic-experts/  

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Kosovo Prosecutors Investigate Whether ‘War Rape Photo’ is Fake (Balkan Insight)

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Kosovo’s Special Prosecution is investigating claims that a photograph allegedly showing Serbian soldiers raping an ethnic Albanian woman during the war, which was shown to media by MP Flora Brovina, could be a fake. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether a photograph shown to media by Kosovo MP Flora Brovina on Thursday, which she […]

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Resolving Kosovo–Serbia Dispute Will ‘Stabilise Balkans’ (Balkan Insight)

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Croatia’s ambassador to Kosovo, Marija Kapitanovic, tells BIRN that Kosovo and Serbia should restart their stalled dialogue for their own good – and for the stability and prosperity of the whole region. See at: https://balkaninsight.com/2019/05/16/resolving-kosovo-serbia-dispute-will-stabilise-balkans/  

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President Vucic warns that Pristina wants to move against Serbs (RTS, B92)

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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has told public broadcaster RTS that the Kosovo authorities want to arrest 26 police officers from northern Kosovo, and another 15 people. According to him, the excuse for the arrests would be that they had participated “in corruption, and the like.” Vucic also told RTS that “the vicious circle in Kosovo […]

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Serbian Orthodox Church will not change position on Kosovo (Vecernje Novosti, Tanjug, B92)

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The position of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) on Kosovo will be formulated and published as a special act of the Holy Archbishops’ Assembly, and the SPC will not change its position, Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti reported. In other words, the Church will remain firm in its commitment to the policy of not recognizing Kosovo’s […]

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Serbia and China have “extraordinary relations in all areas” (Serbian Government, B92)

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Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Thursday in Belgrade with Chinese Minister for Veteran Affairs Sun Shaocheng. According to the Serbian Government, they discussed “overall relations of the two countries and further forms of enhancing cooperation.” Brnabic assessed that relations between the People’s Republic of China and Serbia are remarkable and characterized by a […]

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Serbia looks to strengthen cooperation with Madagascar (Serbian Government, B92)

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Serbian First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic is on an official visit to Madagascar, the Serbian government announced on Thursday. Dacic had meetings with senior officials of that country. He had separate meetings with ministers of Economy and Finance, Industry, Tourism and Crafts, and Foreign Affairs. Dacic and Madagascar’s FM, Naina Andriantsitohaina, signed […]

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Belgrade Media Report 16 May

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LOCAL PRESS

• Spain confirms will not change its policy towards Serbia regarding Kosovo (Politika)
• Drecun on Veseli’s initiative: They are trying to divert attention for their crimes (RTS)
• Djuric: Referendum character of elections in north Kosovo and Metohija (Politika)
• Hocevar: Catholic Church should be included in solving Kosovo problem (Beta)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Prosecutor’s Office of B&H confirms they launched case against Dodik after Komsic filed criminal report against him (N1)
• Peace Implementation Council condemns Dodik’s statements regarding B&H army (N1)
• Russian Embassy to B&H: No need for PIC SB to issue special statement on Armed Forces of B&H (BHT1)
• Inzko: I will not use Bonn Powers today, but we will see what tomorrow brings (Dnevni avaz)
• HJPC Vice-President condemns US Embassy meeting with judiciary representatives (N1)
• Pacolli: We want good relationship with B&H (Oslobodjenje)
Croatia
• Catalonia representatives visit Croatia, ignored by officials (Hina)
Montenegro
• Boskovic: We want Russia and NATO to have better relations (RTCG)
• Markovic: Verdicts in the case of terrorism attempt are proof that judicial system is immune to pressures (CDM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Zaev: Government changes in early June (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Pendarovski plans a “sweep” in intelligence services (Nezavisen vesnik)
• Hahn: European Commission will recommend the opening of accession negotiations for North Macedonia (Nezavisen vesnik)
Albania
• Political crisis, Kryemadhi raises concern at US State Department (ADN)

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UNMIK Headlines 17 May

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• Assembly adopts resolution condemning Serbian genocide in Kosovo (media)
• Thaci: Resolution and committee on Serbian genocide, smart moves (media)
• Thaci: I will never dialogue on Kosovo’s territory (Koha)
• Special prosecution to open investigation into Brovina’s allegations (media)
• Veseli: Authenticity of Brovina’s picture to be determined by KIA (media)
• Ahmeti: Brovina’s act damages all Kosovo victims (media)
• Jahjaga: Brovina’s action, inhumane (media)
• KRCT calls on media to remove Brovina’s picture (media)
• U.S. will not issue visas to individuals involved in corruption cases (media)
• Petrovic: No free elections in the north (Zeri)

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