- Supreme Court rules in favour of recounting diaspora ballots (Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
- CEC recognises Runik ballots as regular (Klan Kosova)
- Guterres: Long break in Belgrade-Prishtinë/Pristina dialogue halted progress (Most monitored broadcasters, RTK)
- Excavation in five Kosovo and Serbia locations to happen in search of missing persons (KTV)
- Kurti and Osmani discuss co-governance (KTV)
- KPC reacts to attack on Prizren prosecutor (Most monitored broadcasters, RTK)
Supreme Court rules in favour of recounting diaspora ballots
(Most monitored broadcasters, KTV)
The Supreme Court has approved as grounded the Vetëvendosje’s complaint for changing decision of the Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel (ECAP), which prohibited recount of 4639 ballots that have arrived from outside Kosovo.
Although those ballots had started to be counted at the Count and Results Centre, ECAP decided to stop the process, since it was found out that the ballots had arrived to Kosovo with delay, namely after the 6th October election process.
It has been confirmed that the ballots were posted outside Kosovo in time, but they were delivered with delay for technical reasons.
Pursuant to the new decision of the Supreme Court, the Central Election Commission (CEC) is obliged to recount those ballots.
CEC recognises ballots in Runik as regular
It was reported that 450 ballots were missing at the polling station in runic, Skenderaj/Srbica. Moreover, revote at this polling station was requested several times, but it did not happen.
Investigations by the Count and Results Centre showed that those ballots had not violated integrity of the election process.
Consequently, on Wednesday, the Central Election Commission (CEC), with six votes in favour, passed the recommendation for including ballots of this polling station in the final election results.
Guterres: Long break in Belgrade-Prishtinë/Pristina dialogue halted progress
(Most monitored broadcasters, RTK)
The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the long break in the Belgrade-Prishtinë/Pristina dialogue halted the progress towards normalisation of relations, which opened the stability threat in this area.
In a new quarterly report on UNMIK’s performance, which will be discussed on Thursday at the UN Security Council, Guterres called for formation of a new government of Kosovo after the elections, so that the dialogue with Belgrade can resume soon, and every obstacle to a continuous dialogue can be removed.
In a report covering the period 16th May until 15th September, Guterres welcomed the efforts aiming to ensure a greater involvement of broader segments of society in the political process in Kosovo, especially encouraging women and youth to get involved and to lead in the democratic government in Kosovo.
He said that trust building in Kosovo requires strengthening of the rule of law, as well as a reliable, independent, and impartial judiciary.
The UN Secretary General welcomed the efforts for ensuring that victims of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo have the right to compensation, but he said that the compensation process for the victims was not fully inclusive.
Guterres called on all relevant stakeholders to protect religious heritage of Kosovo and to make sure that worship places are safe, in order for all communities to practice their faith in peace.
He also called on the Kosovo institutions and international stakeholders to continue their full support and cooperation in the efforts for investigating crimes committed during the war in Kosovo, considering that it is essential for a peaceful future in Kosovo.
In the report, Guterres welcomed continuous efforts of the Working Group for Missing Persons as well as the planned amendment to the Law on Missing persons, saying that shedding light on whereabouts of missing persons in Kosovo is crucial for reaching long-term trust.
Guterres said he was disappointed by small contributions to the UN fund for supporting Ashkali, Egyptian, and Roma communities affected by led poisoning in Kosovo, and he called upon Member Countries, stakeholders and other organisations to contribute to this fund.
The UN Secretary General addressed a serious concern about detention of UNMIK members on 28th May and continuation of judicial proceedings against them by Kosovo authorities, and called on those authorities to ensure respecting the privileges and immunity of the UN members.
Excavation in five Kosovo and Serbia locations to happen in search of missing persons
A lot of mortal remains are still in the Forensic Institute.
This concern has been addressed by Head of the Resource Centre for Missing Persons Bajram Qerkini.
Qerkini asked for an explanation why those moral remains are not being handed in to their relatives.
A response to this query was provided by Director of the Forensic Medicine Department, Arsim Gërxhaliu.
Gërxhaliu said that in the period January-September 2019, they carried out excavations in 27 various locations, but without results.
He announced that five new excavations in Kosovo and Serbia will take place until the end of the year.
More than 1,600 persons are still missing in Kosovo.
Kurti and Osmani discuss co-governance
The Vetëvendosje’s nominee for Prime Minister Albin Kurti on Wednesday met with the LDK’s nominee for Prime Minister, Vjosa Osmani. According to a statement by the VV leader, at this meeting they discussed preparations for the new government.
“With Vjosa today we discussed preparations for the new government and the challenges that await us. Kosovo will overcome the crisis and will make progress. Our cooperation is our commitment. Good goals and good work is our responsibility to citizens of the Republic and to the state institutions,” Kurti wrote on Facebook.
KPC reacts to attack on Prizren prosecutor
(Most monitored broadcasters, RTK)
The Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) has firmly condemned the physical assault on Atnor Skoro, prosecutor at the General Department in Prizren Basic Prosecution Office.
KPC says that the assault is related to his official position.
“KPC considers such acts against prosecutors intolerable, and takes them very seriously. KPC strongly stands beside prosecutor Skoro and all other prosecutors, supporting them in their daily work and encouraging them to accomplish their mission,” the KPC reaction says.
“Therefore, all those who think that with such acts they will make state prosecutors give up prosecuting perpetrators of criminal offences, are mistaken ; the prosecutors will continue their work as they have been sworn in and as obliged by the Constitution and laws of the Republic of Kosovo,” the reaction adds.
In addition, KPC assures the public that the assault on prosecutor Skoro will be addressed with priority by all relevant authorities, and the perpetrator will be soon brought before justice authorities.