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.

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Head of Serbian Negotiation Team visits Kosovo

talksPRISTINA, Kosovo — As to Kosovar media, the head of the Serbian negotiation team at the EU backed Kosovo-Serbian talks in Brussels, Borko Stefanovic, will visit Kosovo on Thursday. Official-ly the Serb politician follows an invitation from the Kosovar public broad-caster RTK. Reportedly Stefanovic will meet the head of the Kosovo negotiation team, Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Edita Tahiri as well as further Kosovo government officials and representatives of Kosovar political parties. Additional meetings are foreseen with members of the Kosovo-Serb communities.

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Kosovo Population Rejects EULEX Special Police Commander

KurtiPRISTINA, Kosovo — Reportedly the EU Kosovo Law-and-Order Mission EULEX hired the Romanian Marian Petre as the head of the EULEX’ Special Police Department. As to Romanian sources, Colonel Petre "was trained within the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie and he successfully passed through all the stages of his professional carrier.” Apart from an individual judgment regarding the respective officer, the appointment caused expressions of  rejection within parts of the Kosovar public opinion. …

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President of Kosovo: Atifete … who?

DellocracyPRISTINA / PRISHTINE / Kosovo Media this week broadly covered the fact, that the new elected President of the Republic of Kosovo seems to be unknown – not only in Kosovo, but also at the EU institutions. Obviously upset, members of the European Parliament (MEP) experienced – that the EU director for the Balkans, the Slovak Miroslav Lajcak, while reporting to the Foreign Policy Committee of the European Parliament (EP) was not able to say more than “It is important that she was elected …”. Further on, likewise the questioning MEPs he wouldn’t dispose additional information. …

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