MacShane: Will Serbia use Mladic detention to end Kosovo impasse and join EU?

MacShaneLONDON / PRISTINA  — The British MP and former UK Europe Minister Denis MacShane recently posted an opinion piece, stating that "the capture of Ratko Mladic is not just an opportunity for justice, but a chance for diplomacy …". MP MacShane wonders if Belgrade can "use this achievement to face down its nationalist past and finally bring closure on the Kosovo question which blocks Serbia’s EU future?" Critically he remarks that "Like some wretched SS general hiding away after 1945, Mladic had a network of supporters … Too many Serbs have been in denial about his role, too ready to forgive"   Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo reacts on Serbia’s and Bosnia’s refusal to implement CEFTA agreement

Kursari-Lila2PRISTINA / BRUSSELS — Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry Mimoza Kusari-Lila announced in Brussels, that Kosovo soon will implement reciprocal measures addressing Serbia’s and Bosnia’s unwillingness to fulfill contractual duties in terms of the Central European Free Trade Agreement – CEFTA. Both the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina refuse Kosovar products to be sold on their local markets. In addition both countries blockade the transit of products from Kosovo through their territories. Likewise Serbia and Bosnia, Kosovo is a CEFTA member country.

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Kosovo freedom of press limited

Edward.P.JosephPRISTINA, Kosovo — The freedom of press and media in Kosovo remains limited. This is the outcome of the yearly Freedom House evaluation. The independent organization Freedom House observes and "identifies the greatest threats to independent media in 196 countries and territories." In order to compare the state of media freedom, the organization developed a scale from 0-100: countries within 0-30 points are considered as providing a free press environment. Grades of 31-60 indicate a limited or partly free press, whereas a range of 61-100 shows countries without free media (so less points means more freedom). For Kosovo the results are alarming:

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Kosovo War Crimes Institute established

KuciPRISTINA, Kosovo — The Government of Kosovo decided to establish  an institute for the investigation of war crimes. The war crimes institute will have the status of a public agency, which will work under the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo. Its main focus will be to keep evidence of crimes and damages committed by Serbia in Kosovo during the time period 1990-1999. According to  Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Hajredin Kuçi, the institute "… will collect, process, classify and store cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and values, ​​protected by international law."

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Kosovo claims ownership of properties in former Yugoslavia republics

Artan.BehramiPRISTINA, Kosovo — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo aims at regaining Kosovo owned property throughout the republics of the former Yugoslavia. To achieve progress on this issue the Ministry has formed a joined commission with the Kosovo Privatization Agency (KPA). Reportedly 172 properties are in focus, which belonged to Kosovar "socially owned enterprises". The properties con-sist of factories, shops and land. Most of these are located in Serbia, which still doesn’t recognize the Republic of Kosovo. …

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  • Where Kosovo Stands After 10 Years of Being a Republic - Daily Signal 23/02/2018
    Daily SignalWhere Kosovo Stands After 10 Years of Being a RepublicDaily SignalThe Republic of Kosovo, a young democracy in the Balkans, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its independence on Feb. 17. Kosovo's president, Hashim Thaci, in his speech commemorating the occasion, expressed pride in his country's notable ...
  • Local Albanians rally around Kosovo toddler - The Boston Globe 23/02/2018
    The Boston GlobeLocal Albanians rally around Kosovo toddlerThe Boston GlobeLeo Keka, far left, hosted a fund-raiser at his Quincy restaurant, Alba, for Rubin Gashi of Kosovo, who is seeking treatment at Boston Children's Hospital for a rare medical condition. Rubin is joined by his mother, Gelbehare Gashi, and father, Bujar ...
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    The Guardian51st state: Kosovo's bond to the US – photo essayThe Guardian51st state: Kosovo's bond to the US – photo essay. Kosovo continues to have emotional, political and economic bonds with the country that 20 years ago led a western intervention in its war with the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, eventually leading to ...Kosovo Independence: M […]
  • Serbia Thanks Russia For Support Over Kosovo :: Balkan Insight - Balkan Insight 23/02/2018
    B92Serbia Thanks Russia For Support Over Kosovo :: Balkan InsightBalkan InsightSerbian leaders heaped praise on Russia during Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Belgrade – while Lavrov in turn said Russia would not relent in its opposition to Kosovo's independence."Makes more sense for US to revoke Kosovo recognition"B92Russia trie […]
  • Kosovo Stalls Again on Montenegro Border Vote - Balkan Insight 23/02/2018
    Gazeta ExpressKosovo Stalls Again on Montenegro Border VoteBalkan InsightKosovo MPs have again postoned a decision on whether or not to ratify a vexed border demarcation agreement with Montenegro, set for Thursday. The vote failed as a result of the decision of the government to turn the vote into a package, by including ...Delawie to Kosovo leaders: Pass Bo […]
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    The GuardianKosovo at 10: challenges overshadow independence celebrations ...The GuardianMigration, youth unemployment and unresolved alleged war crimes are headaches for Kosovo's international backers.Kosovo Finds Little to Celebrate After 10 Years of Independence ...New York TimesKosovo: A young country, being shaped by its youthPOLITICO.euKosovo mark […]
  • Pristina in the spotlight: Rita Ora aside, can Kosovo's capital make it big? - The Guardian 19/02/2018
    The GuardianPristina in the spotlight: Rita Ora aside, can Kosovo's capital make it big?The GuardianIn 1389, at the Battle of Kosovo Polje, Serbs, fighting alongside Albanian allies, lost to the Ottoman Empire, and it wasn't until 1912 that Albanian forces took it back. But Serb forces took control, and in 1918 the city became part of the Kingdom o […]
  • Dacic asks Gambia to review Kosovo decision - B92 23/02/2018
    B92Dacic asks Gambia to review Kosovo decisionB92"I have acquainted our guest with what's been happening in recent years and decades, that this (unilateral declaration of Kosovo's independence) is a one-sided act that continues to the subject of different opinions and disputes," he said. According to ...
  • Memorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic Unveiled - Balkan Insight 23/02/2018
    Balkan InsightMemorial to Slain Kosovo Serb Leader Ivanovic UnveiledBalkan InsightOliver Ivanovic's party colleagues and several family members unveiled the plaque dedicated to the slain politician in front of his party's premises in the north of the Kosovo town of Mitrovica, where he was shot in January. “I have to endure this ...and more »
  • US raps Albania's Rama for 'careless' words on Kosovo - EurActiv - EURACTIV 22/02/2018
    EURACTIVUS raps Albania's Rama for 'careless' words on Kosovo - EurActivEURACTIVA puppet of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, placed by Albanian opposition supporters in front of police officers during a protest in Tirana, Albania, 27 Janaury 2018. Opposition accuse Prime Minister Edi Rama for connections with organised crime ...U.S. raps ally […]

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  • Serbia free to choose Russia over EU membership: president 22/02/2018
    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and visiting Russia n Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, on Feb. 21, 2018. The European Union will have to understand Serbia's relations with Russia, if it wishes to see it as its future member, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said after meeting visiting Russian Forei […]
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  • Belgrade Slams Albanian PM's Kosovo Union Talk 20/02/2018
    Nenad Popovic, Serbia's minister without portfolio in charge of innovation and technological development, said yesterday that Rama's comments about a single presidency "point to a clear and unequivocal plan for the creation of a so-called Greater Albania in the Balkans and on Serbian soil," RFE/RL reports . Rama's remark came during […]
  • Burundi Lifted its Act on the Recognition of Kosovo's Independence 20/02/2018
    Burundi lifted its decision to recognize Kosovo 's independence. The relevant note received by the authorities of the African state was published by the press service of the Serbian MFA, according Regnum correspondent quoted by Focus news agency as saying.

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