Austrian KFOR soldier accused of rape

Austrian-KFORPRISTINA, Kosovo — 8,000 NATO and allied troops are stationed in Kosovo to improve the fragile security situation. Instead some of them see- mingly contribute to insecurity by misusing their privileged status – including granted immunity. Now a 37-year-old Austrian sergeant is suspected of raping several women working in a KFOR military camp. Austrian army on Friday filed charges against the soldier on suspicion of having committed violations during the time served as part of KFOR in Kosovo. Read the rest of this entry »

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Privatization of Post-Telekom Kosovo

045PRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar media two European companies have reached the final round of bids for 75% of the shares of the publicly owned "Post Telecom Kosovo" – PTK, the main Kosovar operator for tele- phone and mobile phone network services. The competitors are  “Hrvatski Telecom” from Croatia, which is owned by “Deutsche Telekom” from Germany, and “Telekom Austria". According to figures of the Kosovo Ministry for Economic Development these bidders together – considering their parent companies – have more than 170 million customers world-wide and a financial turnover of more than 67 billion Euro yearly.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo: 100 days failure

banana-bluePRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo daily Koha Ditore commented on the first hundred days of the 2nd. Thaci government: Compared to the 100 days of Thaci’s first mandate the current Government drafted less laws and took fewer decisions. The Prime Minister’s official visits abroad were less and fewer official guests visited Kosovo. During these hundred days the Government couldn’t ensure a new recognition for Kosovo’s independence. The main increase refers to the number of Government officials:   Read the rest of this entry »

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Due to Kosovo’s breach of agreements – IMF support stopped

Bedri.HamzaPRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar and international media the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today decided to terminate its Kosovo programme. For the Republic’s budget this means a loss of almost 140m Euro of donations and low-interest-rate loans from IMF, World Bank and European Commission (EC) in 2011: If Kosovo "does not manage to cut spending by the same amount by the end of the year, Kosovo should declare a complete economic crisis in 2012" the Serbian news provider B92 quotes a source.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo parliament supports Ramush Haradinaj at ICTY

HaradinajPRISTINA, Kosovo — The Kosovo Parliament today held a session on the ICTY trial against former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. As to Kosovar media, the parliament unanimously adopted the recommendations initiated by the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo – AAK – on the partial retrial of its chairman, who currently is arrested at The Hague for alleged war crimes. The Deputy Head of the AAK, former Kosovo Labour Minister Ahmet Isufi, stated he believes "in the innocence of Mr. Haradinaj and his comrades, and in the fight of the Kosovo Liberation Army".   Read the rest of this entry »

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EU High Representative Ashton officially invites Kosovo PM Thaci to Brussels

Thaci-AshtonAPRISTINA, Kosovo — The European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton on Friday finished her Balkans tour in Kosovo. In Prishtina Ashton was welcomed first by Xavier de Marnhac, the Head of the EU rule-of-law mission (EULEX) in Kosovo. Later on she met Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri, the head of the Kosovar negotiation team at the EU mediated talks of Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels. Finally she gathered with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci for a working lunch in the southern Kosovar town of Prizren. As to Kosovar media, the meeting lasted one hour longer than scheduled. Diplomatically the visit was a success for the Thaci government.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Coincidence? Mladic arrested in Serbia on the day of Ashton’s visit to Belgrade

MladicBELGRADE / PRISTINA — As to international media today the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic announced the arrest of war crime suspect Ratko Mladic, who was the military leader of the Serb forces in Bosnia. Mladic will be brought to the ‘International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia" (ICTY), located in The Hague. He is accused to have committed war crimes with thousands of killings in Srebrenica and Sarajevo. In Serbia Mladic is said to have lived with false documents under the name Milorad Komadic. His sudden arrest appears to be surprising. Since long Serbia faced accusations, not to be willing to show appropriate efforts on this regard. 

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Due to Kosovo: Serbia remains excluded

TadicPRISTINA, Kosovo — On 27th. and 28th May a summit of Central and South-eastern European countries will take place in Poland’s capital city Warsaw. Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga is officially invited. The Polish government stated, it would have no reason not to invite Kosovo government representatives. Poland belongs to the 75 countries world-wide, which formally recognized the Republic of Kosovo as an independent state. Different from Serbia, which still considers Kosovo to be a Serbian province: Due to this, the Serbian President Boris Tadic and further Serbian officials decided to self-exclude Serbia from the summit.

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Dubrava prison massacre

slobodan M [ … the prisoners were told to line up on the sports field … police started firing from the guard tower and the jail walls, using hand grenades, bazookas and automatic weapons … about 20 officers opened fire … total chaos with prisoners falling down all over the place. It all stopped some 20 minutes later, allegedly for the guards to reload ]
PRISTINA, Kosovo — The last Sunday was used by parts of the Kosovo-Albanian population to remember the 12th year of the Dubrava prision massacre in Kosovo. On 22nd. May 1999 reportedly 160 mainly Kosovo-Albanian political prisoners were murdered by Serbian paramilitary forces, police and military. Another 300 prisoners were wounded.

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EU foreign affairs chief Ashton visits Kosovo

ashtonEUPRISTINA, Kosovo — The EU tourism continues. Kosovo dailies report, that  the EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, intends to meet the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Kosovo’s capital city Prishtina on 27th May – only one week after the visit of European Commission president Barroso. Likewise Barroso, also Ashton is expected to address the EU backed technical dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia in Brussels – as well as to encourage an agreement between the two parties. Prior to Kosovo, Ashton meets Serbia’s official’s a day before in Belgrade.

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