Serbian Delegation Visit leads to Clashes in Kosovo

Protest1PRISTINA, Kosovo — The visit of the Serbian government official Borko Stefanovic to Kosovo caused strong clashes with Kosovo Albanian protes-ters. Activists and parliament members from the Kosovar Movement for Self-Determination (‘Vetevendosje’) blocked the entrance of the parliament building in Kosovo’s capital city Prishtina. ‘Vetevendosje’ member Shpend Ahmeti expressed his dissatisfaction about hosting "a person who continuously fights against Kosovo’s independence." Meanwhile Kosovo Police stated, that so far sixteen persons were seriously injured during the protests, of which ten are police officers.

On side of the protestors ‘Vetevendosje’ head MP Albin Kurti was injured by tear gas. As to Kosovar media the protestors smashed windows of police and further official vehicles as well as of three floors of the government building, by throwing stones and bottles of red color – while Stefanovic met the two Kosovo Deputy Prime Ministers Edita Tahiri and Haredejn Kuci.

Stefanovic, who is the head of the Serbian negotiation team at the EU backed Kosovo-Serbian talks in Brussels, was said to have entered and later on left the government building trough a side entrance. After Stefanovic enforced a kind of "self-invitation" to the Republic of Kosovo in the days before, Kosovo Police today accompanied him from the Kosovo-Serbian border to Prishtina.

Different from prior announcements, Stefanovic seemingly didn’t meet further officials from the Kosovar government and from political parties in Kosovo. Reportedly in advance to meetings with Kosovo DPMs Kuci and Tahiri, Stevanovic paid a short visit to US Ambassador Dell and to representatives of Kosovo-Serbs in the Kosovar municipality of Caglavica.  

Kosovo Prime Minister Thaci welcomed Stefanovic’s arrival in Prishtina, by expressing his believe, this would equal another step to a de-facto recog-nition of Kosovo by Serbia (after Serbia already agreed an administrative division of its claimed territory by accepting against the EU to exclude Kosovo in terms of visa liberalization).

In contrary to this, Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Kosovar negotiation team, Edita Tahiri, was repeatedly quoted as saying, the visit of a Serbian official comes at the wrong time and should happen only after achieving concrete results in Brussels.   

Stefanovic’s visit was the first official meeting of government representatives from Kosovo and Serbia in Prishtina in the post war period since 1999. The visit took place in the context of the EU mediated Kosovo-Serbian dialogue at Brussels. Parts of the Kosovar political opposition don’t agree to according negotiations, by saying the talks would only support Serbia’s EU candidate status, whereas no improvements could be expected for Kosovo.

For more news about Kosovo by Korrik Sofala go to KON / NK

This article was first published on Technorati / Politics

 

Strong protests in Pristina against today’s visit of Serbian politician Stefanovic
Advertisements

Filed under: Media Reports, , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

RSS Kosovo News

  • Kosovo Serb Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes - Balkan Insight 29/05/2017
    Balkan InsightKosovo Serb Pleads Not Guilty to War CrimesBalkan InsightZoran Vukotic, a former Serbian policeman in Kosovo, pleaded not guilty to war crime charges set before him by the Kosovo Special Prosecution at the opening session at Mitrovica Basic Court on Monday. “I am not guilty,” Vukotic said after the ...
  • Cracks Widen in LDK Ahead of Kosovo Election :: Balkan Insight - Balkan Insight 29/05/2017
    Balkan InsightCracks Widen in LDK Ahead of Kosovo Election :: Balkan InsightBalkan InsightGrowing divisions inside the Democratic League of Kosovo may well affect its results in the coming general elections – as well as its future.#New Europe Shooting Gallery Issue 1213New Europeall 2 news articles »
  • The Enduring Agony of Wartime Rape in Kosovo - Balkan Insight 29/05/2017
    Balkan InsightThe Enduring Agony of Wartime Rape in KosovoBalkan InsightEighteen years have passed since the day of NATO shelling in May 1999 when she was pulled out of a refugee column, raped and tortured by Serbian forces in a private house in the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica. She lost her right eye. She was only 16 ...
  • UN Offers Regret but No Compensation for Kosovo Poisoning Victims - New York Times 26/05/2017
    New York TimesUN Offers Regret but No Compensation for Kosovo Poisoning VictimsNew York TimesRoma families had sought compensation for deaths and disabilities caused by living for years in toxic refugee camps.Kosovo: UN to create trust fund, following panel report on alleged rights violations by peacekeeping missionUN News CentreSecretary-General to Establis […]
  • On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future - EURACTIV 26/05/2017
    EURACTIVOn 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European futureEURACTIVKosovo's up-coming election is a chance for the country to confirm itself as a “bright spot” in the Balkans and choose the path towards European integration, writes Avdullah Hoti. Avdullah Hoti is Kosovo's finance minister and prime ministerial ...
  • UN Fails to Compensate Poisoned Kosovo Roma :: Balkan Insight - Balkan Insight 27/05/2017
    Balkan InsightUN Fails to Compensate Poisoned Kosovo Roma :: Balkan InsightBalkan InsightUN plans to finance community projects instead of compensating Kosovo Roma, are incurring criticism from human rights organisations.UN to set up fund to help Kosovo displaced poisoned at UN campsYahoo News UKall 2 news articles »
  • Kosovo Pleads for Cash to Save Business College - Balkan Insight 26/05/2017
    Balkan InsightKosovo Pleads for Cash to Save Business CollegeBalkan InsightThe College's current donors, Sweden, The Netherlands and Switzerland, issued a joint statement calling on the Kosovo government to “urgently decide on emergency funding for IBCM and to release it immediately at least the first year of funding, i.e ...
  • The disputed border between Kosovo and Montenegro - Deutsche Welle 27/05/2017
    Deutsche WelleThe disputed border between Kosovo and MontenegroDeutsche WelleThe Rugova Mountains form part of the border between Kosovo and Montenegro. In the days of the former Yugoslavia, the exact boundaries were never clearly established. Yet residents of this region don't want the borderlines to be redrawn.
  • Kosovo Politicians Tainted by Crime Claims - Balkan Insight 24/05/2017
    Balkan InsightKosovo Politicians Tainted by Crime ClaimsBalkan InsightPDK's Mergim Lushtaku, is also on the list. He is one of 24 people charged with being involved with plots to help former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sami Lushtaku [his father] escape from custody three times while he was on trial for war crimes.
  • Privatization of extractive enterprises in Kosovo: How can they succeed? - European Western Balkans (press release) 26/05/2017
    European Western Balkans (press release)Privatization of extractive enterprises in Kosovo: How can they succeed?European Western Balkans (press release)The privatization process in Kosovo has been marred by numerous issues, ranging from lack of transparency, to bad management, and the jury on the success of this process is still out. It has been anything but […]

RSS Kosovo News Topix

  • 'Yugo-stalgic' Balkans long for socialist past 25/05/2017
    Most Balkan countries think that the breakup of Yugoslavia brought more harm than good, according to a new survey . 'Yugo-stalgia' and dissatisfaction caused by low employment and political instability mean many yearn for the days of socialism.
  • BBC radio station back on air after brief evacuation 24/05/2017
    May 24 A BBC radio station located just outside Manchester city centre briefly stopped live broadcasting on Wednesday after it was evacuated for what turned out to be a fire alarm. Britain is on its highest level of security alert after a suicide bomb attack killed 22 people on Monday evening, just two miles from the headquarters of BBC Radio 5live.
  • UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks 18/05/2017
    UNMIK chief Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday's UN Security Council session. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
  • Kosovo makes Dutchmen land drone over flying govt building 18/05/2017
    We collect zip code so that we may deliver news, weather, special offers and other content related to your specific geographic area. We have sent a confirmation email to {* data_emailAddress *}.
  • EU to Deploy 100 Election Observers to Kosovo 18/05/2017
    The European Union is set to deploy an Election Observation Mission-EOM to Kosovo to observe the 2017 general elections in response to an invitation to country's president, Hashim Thaci, Gazeta Express reported. The Central Election Commission , a body which organizes elections in Kosovo adopted a Memorandum of Cooperation with the European Union on dep […]

RSS EU Kosovo

RSS Balkan News