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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  • Kosovo, Serbia Mull Territorial Swap to End Dispute - Voice of America 17/08/2018
    Voice of AmericaKosovo, Serbia Mull Territorial Swap to End DisputeVoice of AmericaA decade-long dispute between Kosovo and Serbia is compelling both countries to consider a territorial swap along ethnic lines — a move that has long been opposed by both Brussels and Washington. But the leaders of both Balkan countries say redrawing ...Serbian President to Vi […]
  • Kosovo will not make any concession that further dilutes its independence - Financial Times 15/08/2018
    Financial TimesKosovo will not make any concession that further dilutes its independenceFinancial TimesValerie Hopkins, in “ Serbia and Kosovo edge towards border agreement and raise EU membership hopes for both” (August 15) implies, perhaps inadvertently, that there is agreement between Pristina and Belgrade on the partition of Kosovo. Fortunately ...Kosovo […]
  • Can a Music Festival Make Kosovo Cool? - New York Times 17/08/2018
    New York TimesCan a Music Festival Make Kosovo Cool?New York TimesPRISTINA, Kosovo — Last Friday afternoon, Dukagjin Lipa, 49, sat backstage at Kosovo's first major music festival, bleary-eyed and trying to ignore the two cellphones ringing on the table in front of him. “Oh my God,” he said. “I didn't sleep for 48 ...
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    Financial TimesBelgrade and Pristina see partition as answer to Kosovo impasseFinancial TimesTwo decades since Serbia's war with former province Kosovo, diplomats and leaders are toying with an idea that used to be considered a red line. “Partition”, “border adjustments” and “demarcation” are the talk of Belgrade and Pristina, with some ...Kosovo presid […]
  • Serbia eyes Kosovo border review, opposed by Merkel - EURACTIV 16/08/2018
    EURACTIVSerbia eyes Kosovo border review, opposed by MerkelEURACTIVSerbia's political life is heating up in August as discussions about its relations with Kosovo have reached frantic speed, varying from a possible partition of its former province to exchange of territory and border changes. EURACTIV.rs reports. A ...Quick Border Deal Between Kosovo, Ser […]
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    B92US state position on Kosovo partition and have clear messageB92On several occasions foreign media, analyzing the possible solution to relations between Serbia and Kosovo, mentioned the danger of the rise of new tensions in the Balkans due to the possible border changes in the Balkans, and one of the reasons was ...A land swap between Kosovo and Serbia wou […]
  • '19000 Fake War Veterans in Kosovo': State Prosecutor - Balkan Insight 16/08/2018
    Balkan Insight'19000 Fake War Veterans in Kosovo': State ProsecutorBalkan Insight“According to the information I have, in the investigation stage, we have obtained evidence that proves that 19,000 war veterans have illegally taken benefits from the [government] Commission on War Veterans and Invalids,” Kosovo's state prosecutor ...
  • Dua Lipa's father stages music festival for 'peace-loving' Kosovo - The Guardian 05/08/2018
    The GuardianDua Lipa's father stages music festival for 'peace-loving' KosovoThe GuardianNow, the 22-year-old will headline at a festival in Pristina this week, which the family hopes will boost Kosovo's image abroad and its national pride at home. “We want to give people a sense of belonging, of European living and the idea that we are . […]
  • Kosovo Prosecutor Resigns After Alleged Threats - Balkan Insight 15/08/2018
    Balkan InsightKosovo Prosecutor Resigns After Alleged ThreatsBalkan InsightThe unexpected resignation after alleged threats of Elez Blakaj, a special prosecutor who was investigating the abuse of Kosovo Liberation Army war veterans' lists, sparked consternation in Kosovo on Wednesday. Blakaj worked for the Kosovo Special ...
  • After two decades, the hidden victims of the Kosovo war are finally recognised - The Guardian 03/08/2018
    The GuardianAfter two decades, the hidden victims of the Kosovo war are finally recognisedThe GuardianKosovo's landscape is dotted with tributes to freedom fighters, dead and missing; to heroes and martyrs of the ethnic Albanian uprising against the Yugoslav regime that was led by Serbian warlord Slobodan Milosevic. But nothing marks what Human Rights . […]

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  • Kosovo, Serbia Leaders to Talk Border Changes 18/08/2018
    The growing realization that the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo are prepared to discuss redrawing borders is facing a hard sell in both countries. Yet, while Germany's chancellor has called the idea unworkable, European Union officials have yet to come down on one side or the other of the issue, and Both Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic and his Kosovan c […]
  • Can a Music Festival Make Kosovo Cool? 17/08/2018
    Last Friday afternoon, Dukagjin Lipa, 49, sat backstage at Kosovo's first major music festival, bleary-eyed and trying to ignore the two cellphones ringing on the table in front of him. Founding the three-day Sunny Hill Festival - headlined by his daughter, the pop star Dua Lipa - had turned out to be tough.
  • Quick Border Deal Between Kosovo, Serbia Could Quickly Ignite Balkans 17/08/2018
    Both Kosovar President Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic are amenable to the idea of redrawing the borders between their countries. Talks between Serbia and Kosovo on a possible redrawing of borders largely along ethnic lines are threatening to reignite a familiar European tinderbox.
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    The Balkan nations have made little progress on normalizing relations since agreeing to do so in 2013 as a prerequisite for EU membership. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci speaks during interview in Pristina, Kosovo, on August 14, 2018.

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