- LVV and LDK leaders to discuss President’s post, Thaçi should complete his term (KTV)
- ECAP rejects VV’s request regarding 1806 last packages with ballots from diaspora (KTV)
- Thaçi: Non-liberalisation of visas is happening due to European disunity (KTV)
- Godfrey: I do not plan on holding lessons, the US stance on Kosovo unchanged (N1)
- Berisha: 18 Serbs left KSF since January (RTK2)
- KLI: At current pace Courts need 122 years to resolve all civil cases (KTV)
- Former Mayor of Gracanica/Graçanicë Bojan Stojanovic passed away (RTKLive)
LVV and LDK leaders to discuss President’s post, Thaçi should complete his term
About one and half year has remained for President Hashim Thaçi until the end of his term.
Thaçi’s position is expected to be discussed between leaders of the two parties that got the majority of votes in the October 6 elections.
This is expected to happen after harmonisation of the governing platform between Vetëvendosje Movement and LDK, this week.
Albulena Haxhiu of Vetëvendosje stated that the President’s position has not been discussed between the parties so far.
She added that it is up to leaders of those parties whether or not they will discuss this position.
Ehat Miftaraj of Kosovo Law Institute believes that discussing the President’s position between Vetëvendosje and LDK, is part of the parliamentary democracy.
However, Miftaraj says that they must be careful not to link the agreement with the current President.
Hashim Thaçi was elected President of Kosovo in April 2016 and his term end in 2021.
ECAP rejects VV’s request regarding 1806 last packages with ballots from diaspora
The Elections Complaints and Appeals Panel (ECAP) has turned down as ungrounded the complaint of Vetëvendosje Movement for counting 1806 packages of ballots from diaspora.
This has been announced on a Facebook post by Blerim Sallahu, lawyer at Vetëvendosje.
On this post, he announced that they will submit the complaint to the Supreme Court.
“… We will not stop until the last ballot of citizens of the Republic of Kosovo is counted. Therefore, we will submit the complaint to the Supreme Court,” Sallahu wrote.
Later during the evening, VV member at CEC Adnan Rrustemi said that ECAP’s decision was politically motivated.
Thaçi: Non-liberalisation of visas is happening due to European disunity
Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi, through a video posted on social media, spoke about the meeting he had last week with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and leaders of the Western Balkan states.
He says that all the attendants have expressed their work experiences and “good experiences, but also the challenges we have had for the European future of our countries.”
“It was a joint conclusion of leaders of the Western Balkans, a massive disappointment we can say of the EU’s concrete disengagement for the Western Balkan states, a disappointment that is also conveyed in Kosovo in particular for visa liberalization at a time when we have met all the criteria,” Thaçi said in this video message.
According to him, this is due to European disunity and not that Kosovo has not fulfilled all the criteria.
“But we have only one future, the European one, so the European Union, the European leaders, at this time of their non-vision must prove that they will not make the mistakes of EU leaders in the early 90s, at the time of the beginning of the Yugoslav crisis. Because, in the Western Balkans, there are always dangerous potentials for peace, security and stability,” the President said.
In the end, Thaçi said that Kosovo wants to believe that EU will start to change positively for Kosovo and the Western Balkans.
Godfrey: I do not plan on holding lessons, the US stance on Kosovo unchanged
The newly-appointed US Ambassador to Serbia Anthony Godfrey said he does not plan on giving lessons to Serbian leaders but hopes for an open dialogue, and added that the US’ stance on Kosovo has not changed.
“I do not plan to give any lessons to Serbian leaders, nor will I have that approach. I hope for an open dialogue, and when I need to tell them difficult things, I will tell them directly, in private conversations, as much as possible, because that way the diplomatic work is most effective,” Godfrey told Politico.
Speaking about the views of US envoys for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, as well as about Richard Grenell’s Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, he said that they both seek a resumption of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, they encourage it and they are helping Pristina and Belgrade come to a solution that will benefit both sides.
Berisha: 18 Serbs left KSF since January
According to former Kosovo Government Minister of Defence Rrustem Berisha, Serbs continue to leave Kosovo Security Force due to pressure from Belgrade, while he announces new recruitments in this structure in an interview with Ekonomia Online.
Currently, the KSF has 54 Serb community members, but according to Berisha’s announcement, this number could increase as the KSF plans to recruit additional members.
As he emphasises, because of various forms of pressure, including detention at border crossings and throwing of bombs on private property of KSF members from the Serb community, since January 1 this year, 18 more Serbs have left the Kosovo Security Force.
KLI: At current pace Courts need 122 years to resolve all civil cases
Despite the increase of number of judges over the years, the number of unresolved and transferred from one year to the other continues to be big.
Furthermore, the Kosovo Law Institute has announced that it will take more than a century for the judicial system to complete all the unresolved civil cases.
Gëzim Shala of this Institute further added that judges have not met the norm set by the Judicial Council regarding the handling of civil cases.
On the other hand, Shqiponjë Gashi, a researcher at KLI, said that prolongation of cases violates citizens” rights and freedoms
In this regard, Gashi has listed some recommendations to the Kosovo Judicial Council.
All of this was announced in the publication of the report “Civil Justice in Kosovo, Law vs. Practice.”
Former Mayor of Gracanica/Graçanicë Bojan Stojanovic passed away
Former Mayor of Gracanica/Graçanicë Bojan Stojanovic passed away at the age of 49 on Sunday.
Through a post on the Facebook social network, Srpska List said that Stojanovic’s death is a great loss for the Serb political scene.
“Big loss for the Stojanovic family, but also for the Serb political scene, is the early departure of Bojan Stojanovic, who, in recent years, as a member of the Srpska List, has contributed to the unity of Serbs in Kosovo and in the struggle for better life of our citizens,” Srpska List’s reaction on Facebook reads.