Kosovo Liberation Day

Nato2PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo was liberated from Serbian suppression by NATO troops entering the now independent state on 12th. June 1999. Several Kosovo officials on this occasion expressed gratitude to the European Union and the USA. The NATO intervention 12 years ago  ended a (at least) decades long ruling of a racist apartheid regime of Serbia in Kosovo. Particularly under the Milosevic presidency of Serbia respectively Yugoslavia, Kosovo Albanians faced a strong suppressi- on, starting from the annulment of Kosovo’s autonomy status within Serbia and Yugoslavia in 1989: Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo PM Thaci to be investigated on Marty Report allegations

Dick-HashimPRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo media widely covered the intention of the European Union (EU) to investigate accusations of the Dick Marty Report. The Council of Europe Ra- pporteur, Senator Dick Marty, in his report from December 2010 claims that members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the time from 1998 to 2000 were involved in organ trading and organized crime. A special focus is given on the so called Drenica Group of the former KLA commander, current Kosovo Prime Minister and Head of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) Hashim Thaci. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo-Serbia Talks postponed

tahiriPRISTINA, Kosovo — Reportedly the next meeting of the EU backed technical negotiations of Kosovo and Serbia were postponed on request of the Serbian delegation. The talks were foreseen to be held on 14th to 15th June. As to Kosovo media, the Head of the Kosovar negotiation team Edita Tahiri stated, that “… the Serbian delegation, … withdrew from some of the elements of the draft agreements reached earlier during the talks”. In prior rounds of the talks in Brussels both delegations are said to have basically agreed on issues concerning the freedom of movement, trade, energy, telecommunication, return of the cadastral documents and civil registries. Tahiri expects the meeting to be repeated at the end of June, insofar the Serbian delegation is ready to sign according agreements. KON / NK

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Serbian Officials encourage Destabilization in Northern Kosovo

BogdanovicPRISTINA, Kosovo — Reportedly several officials from the Serbian Government crossed the border to Kosovo illegally. On Friday 3rd June, Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo, Goran Bogdanovic, entered the mainly Serb populated northern Kosovo territory without permission from the Kosovo Government. In the Serb controlled northern Mitrovica Bogdano- vic then officially presented a Serbian government donation of 350,000 Euro cash for Kosovo-Serb owned enterprises. Already a day before, on 2nd. June – the head of the Serbian delegation for the Dialogue with Kosovo, Broko Stefanovic paid an illegal visit to the same region. Bypassing the official border controls, Stefanovic obviously used the smuggler routes from Serbia to 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’s Euro-Atlantic Illusions

John.SewelBRUSSELS / PRISTINA, Kosovo — Poor govern-ance and slow economic growth continue to be major obstacles in the process of the Euro-Atlantic integration of western Balkan countries. This is the outcome of a report, which the British politician John Sewel, in his function of the Rapporteur for the Committee on Economics and Security, recently presented to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly: "The road … is rocky, and only Croatia seems close to achieving the basic qualifications … The others face daunting challenges … These include the debt crisis, problems of governance and corruption … and enlargement fatigue among some EU governments and their publics."  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ashton’s U-Turn – MEP Lunacek won’t be EU Representative in Kosovo

Ashton-LunacekBRUSSELS / PRISTINA, Kosovo — The member of the European Parliament (MEP) and parlia- ment rapporteur for Kosovo, Ulrike Lunacek, was expelled from the application procedure for the position of the EU representative in Kosovo. Prior to this decision, the Austrian  Lunacek was said to be the preferred candidate of EU foreign affairs commissioner Catherine Ashton and EU exten- sion commissioner Stefan Fule. Reportedly Ashton even personally encouraged the Green Party’s member Lunacek to submit her application.  As to Austrian media, the EU foreign affairs administration claims formal reasons for the sudden rejection:  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kosovo President at CEE Summit – EU Rapporteur condemned Serbia’s absence

LunacekPRISTINA, Kosovo — The past weekend’s partici- pation of Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga at the summit of central- and south-eastern European countries was widely seen as a progress in achie- ving international acceptance for the youngest European state. The clear statement of the Polish host, not to see a problem in inviting the Kosovar President – due to the formal recognition of the Republic of Kosovo by Poland and the majority of the European countries – was fueling self-confidence of the Kosovo government.  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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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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    The GuardianA divided KosovoThe GuardianThe barbaric and terrorist killing of the Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanović (Report, 17 January) must be condemned at the highest levels and demonstrates that Kosovo is not ready for statehood. It also demonstrates that, despite over 10 years of ...Kosovo: Speculation rife after Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic […]
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    CNNLeading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead outside officeCNN"He (Ivanovic) was among the most prominent Kosovo Serb representatives for almost two decades," Braathu said. "He demonstrated relentless engagement for the benefit of his community and has been a valued interlocutor in Kosovo." "I have had the ...Kosovo Se […]
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    Channel NewsAsiaKosovo to face harsh consequences if war crimes court scrapped - USChannel NewsAsiaPRISTINA: The U.S. ambassador to Kosovo warned the country's leaders on Wednesday they would bear harsh consequences if parliament votes to scrap a war crimes court linked to its violent independence struggle. A parliamentary committee, meanwhile, put ...U […]
  • Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic killed in drive-by shooting - Telegraph.co.uk 16/01/2018
    Telegraph.co.ukProminent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic killed in drive-by shootingTelegraph.co.ukLeading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic was killed in a brazen drive-by shooting on Tuesday that could reignite ethnic tensions in the region. The assassination of Ivanovic - who was facing a retrial on war crimes charges over the 1990s Kosovo ...
  • 2 charged in Kosovo with supporting extremist groups - Fox News 17/01/2018
    2 charged in Kosovo with supporting extremist groupsFox NewsStatements from the Kosovo prosecutor's office said Wednesday that both defendants, identified as B.Q. and K.P., used their Facebook pages last year to distribute threatening photos and videos, and made open calls in support of extremist activities ...and more »
  • Push to Scrap Special Court Fails Again in Kosovo - Balkan Insight 17/01/2018
    Balkan InsightPush to Scrap Special Court Fails Again in KosovoBalkan InsightA second push to revoke or change the law in Kosovo establishing a controversial new war crimes court failed on Wednesday, when the meeting of parliament's presidency failed to reach a quorum. As a result, MPs were unable to send an initiative to ...and more »
  • Lawyer for leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic says he has died following a shooting - ABC News 16/01/2018
    Lawyer for leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic says he has died following a shootingABC NewsLawyer for leading Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic says he has died following a shooting. By The Associated Press. BELGRADE, Serbia — Jan 16, 2018, 4:11 AM ET. 0 Shares. Email. Star. 0 Shares. Email. Lawyer for leading Kosovo Serb politician ...
  • Kosovo's long, slow recovery - After the war - The Economist - The Economist 11/01/2018
    The EconomistKosovo's long, slow recovery - After the war - The EconomistThe EconomistIN 1991 Armend Malazogu leapt off the back of an army lorry. Then aged 18, the Kosovo Albanian was escaping being drafted into Serbia's fight with Croatia. The Yugoslav civil wars were just beginning and would eventually spread to Kosovo. Now, 18 years ...and more […]
  • Curling in Kosovo? This Canadian wants to make it happen - CBC.ca 15/01/2018
    CBC.caCurling in Kosovo? This Canadian wants to make it happenCBC.caPeter Andersen had just graduated from college in April 2016 when he was invited to Kosovo by his uncle, who works there for the United Nations. Andersen eventually got a job with a non-governmental organization in Pristina, the country's capital, but ...
  • Ivanović murder will not stop normalisation of relations with Serbia, Kosovo president tells Borissov - The Sofia Globe 17/01/2018
    The Sofia GlobeIvanović murder will not stop normalisation of relations with Serbia, Kosovo president tells BorissovThe Sofia GlobeKosovo president Hashim Thaçi has told Bulgaria's prime minister that his country will not allow the January 16 murder of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanović to bar its goals of normalising relations with Serbia. This is […]

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    In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, center, leaves the prison in the northern, Serb-dominated part of Mitrovica, Kosovo. 64-year old Ivanovic has died from wounds after being shot by unknown assailants Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018, according to his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic.
  • Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in northern town 16/01/2018
    A Kosovan Serb leader, Oliver Ivanovic, who was awaiting trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead outside his party office in the northern town of Mitrovica on Tuesday, a state prosecutor said. In a protest against the killing, Serbia said it would quit the ongoing round of a European Union-sponsored dialogue between […]
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    In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, center, leaves the prison in the northern, Serb-dominated part of Mitrovica, Kosovo. 64-year old Ivanovic has died from wounds after being shot by unknown assailants Tuesday Jan. 16, 2018, according to his lawyer Nebojsa Vlajic.

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