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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Soccer: Team Kosovo, New York

NewYorkNEW YORK / PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Republic of Kosovo declared its indepen- dence in February 2008, but is not yet recognized by the United Nations. Likewise its football (soccer) federation is still not a member neither of the European Football Association UEFA, nor of the International Football Association FIFA (mainly blocked by Serbia’s rejection). Due to this a Kosovo football team can’t even try to qualify for the according European or World Championship: "Kosovar soccer as an international entity remains in limbo …: But that doesn’t mean a Kosovo team can’t play in New York. Zef Kabashi, … has organized a Kosovo team to compete in this years Cosmos Copa NYC. It’s a sort of World Cup of New York". Read the full article posted by Christopher Belac at the NYT blog. 

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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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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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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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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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US Kosovo Camp Bondsteel to be closed ??

bondsteelPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ The large military base in southern Kosovo faces reduction or closure as strategic attention shifts from the Balkans … According to Ambassador Dell Bondsteel “… is a huge liability, a very expensive property, and we have no desire to maintain it any longer than is absolutely necessary for the support of our presence here… we can even talk about continuing the US role here without Camp Bondsteel” … read more here >>

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US – Balkans Business Summit ++ regional trade zone ++ Port of Durres + Minimum Wage + Kosovo Central Bank Investigation

DurresPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ A two-day business summit on the Western Balkans begins today in Maryland, though Serbia will not attend in protest over Kosovo’s participation. The aim of the summit is to help strengthen cooperation between Western Balkan countries, further develop economic ties between the US and region, and help the Balkan countries on their path to European integration …  ++ Kosovo’s president Pacolli asked neighbouring Macedonia to ease travel restrictions for Kosovars and promote a free-trade zone in the Balkans ++ The authority of Port of Durrës has opened the office in Prishtina … ++ Unions request minimum wage of 250 € monthly for Kosovo ++ Kosovo Police is suspecting former CBK officials were planning to leave only … ProCredit and Reiffeisen bank, the local Economic Bank, including the insurance company ‘Siguria’ – while all other banks were planned to be shut down … >> On further stories take a look also at the last Media Monitor.

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Economic unification ++ wealth disclosure ++ US-Balkans Business Summit ++

kusariPRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ the President of Kosovo is visiting Albania. He is accompanied by ministers from the Government of Kosovo as well as economic and business associations of Kosovo. Pacolli proposed economic unification between Albania and Kosovo … ++ Only 10 per cent of state officials have declared their wealth so far … ++ a Kosovo delegation, led by the Minister of Trade and Industry Mimoza-Kusari Lila, travelled to the U.S. to attend the US-Balkans Business Summit, which will be held on 23-24 March ++ … read more here …

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Partnership Iowa – Kosovo ++ Metals and Mines ++ Census in Serb communities ++

PRISHTINA / PRISTINA ++ Gov. Terry Branstad has announced a new partnership between Iowa and Kosovo involving the Iowa National Guard. The program is part of an effort to link the Guard with partner countries to foster mutual interests and build long-term relationships … ++ Canada’s Avrupa Minerals Ltd hopes to find base metals and develop mines in Kosovo where it has won five exploration licenses, its top local official said on Thursday. “We are looking here for lead and zinc, also some silver, and of course we have our eye open if we see some indication there could be copper and gold,” said Paul Nelles, … ++ [Serbian] Minister … Bogdanovic said … the population census in Kosovo … in Serbian communities should be conducted by the UN … ++

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  • Life's too harsh in Presevo to worry about Serb-Kosovo border - Channel NewsAsia 24/09/2018
    Channel NewsAsiaLife's too harsh in Presevo to worry about Serb-Kosovo borderChannel NewsAsiaPRESEVO, Serbia: In the border valley of Presevo, neither ethnic Albanians nor Serbs pay much attention to talk of changes to the frontier between Serbia and Kosovo - they are too busy trying to eke out a living. One of Serbia's poorest regions ...Kosovo Al […]
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    Balkan InsightKosovo 'Fake Veterans' Indictment Angers Ex-GuerrillasBalkan InsightThe long, contested process of the verification of war veterans, which started after the approval of a law in 2011, became a topic of heated debate again last week when the Kosovo Special Prosecution indicted 12 members of the government's verification ...
  • Thaci: If Israel recognize Kosovo, I would transfer our embassy to Jerusalem - www.worldbulletin.net 24/09/2018
    www.worldbulletin.netThaci: If Israel recognize Kosovo, I would transfer our embassy to Jerusalemwww.worldbulletin.net"The Republic of Kosovo's access to the USA is excellent. I met President Trump and the approach of the US president is the same as the previous president. The US supports 100% of Kosovo's future and does not accept with embarr […]
  • Kosovo says it would move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem — if it ... - Washington Post 22/09/2018
    Washington PostKosovo says it would move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem — if it ...Washington PostPresident Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, but other countries have not followed suit. Only two — Guatemala and ...Imagine the Balkans Without BalkanizationBloombergKosovo will open embassy in Jerusalem if recognized, pr […]
  • Kosovo 'would have moved embassy to Jerusalem' - gulfnews.com 23/09/2018
    Kosovo 'would have moved embassy to Jerusalem'gulfnews.comKosovo's President Hashim Thaci said on Thursday that were his country to have an embassy in Israel, he'd put it in occupied Jerusalem. “If Kosovo were recognised by Israel, I would open the Kosovo embassy in [occupied] Jerusalem,” Thaci explained ...and more »
  • Kosovo and Serbia are talking about redrawing their borders. It's a terrible idea. - Washington Post 19/09/2018
    Washington PostKosovo and Serbia are talking about redrawing their borders. It's a terrible idea.Washington PostThe leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are planning to swap territory. They say it will ease ethnic tensions and contribute to stability in the western Balkans. Some commentators and politicians think it is a great idea. Don't bet on it. The pr […]
  • Balkan swap shopPlans for land swaps in Kosovo and Serbia run into the ground - The Economist 17/09/2018
    The EconomistBalkan swap shopPlans for land swaps in Kosovo and Serbia run into the groundThe Economist“EVERY idiot with a map and rifle is getting excited,” says an international official in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, still barred from membership of the United Nations ten years after it unilaterally declared independence from Serbia. Serbs and ...
  • For a peaceful border correction between Kosovo and Serbia - EURACTIV 17/09/2018
    EURACTIVFor a peaceful border correction between Kosovo and SerbiaEURACTIVThe peaceful border correction with Serbia is an opportunity for mutual recognition between Kosovo and Serbia that should not be missed, writes Hashim Thaçi. Hashim Thaçi is the President of Kosovo. I am pretty sure that in Kosovar politics, the ...Kosovo-Serbia Deal – Saving Faces or […]
  • US-backed Kosovo land-swap border plan under fire from all sides - The Guardian 03/09/2018
    The GuardianUS-backed Kosovo land-swap border plan under fire from all sidesThe GuardianKosovo broke from Serbia in 1999, and declared its independence in 2008, which Belgrade has never recognised. Vučić and Thaçi have met regularly under the auspices of the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to hammer out a deal that could ...Belgrade aims […]
  • Being LGBT in Kosovo: A battle to come out from the shadows - INQUIRER.net 24/09/2018
    INQUIRER.netBeing LGBT in Kosovo: A battle to come out from the shadowsINQUIRER.netA 2015 study of the US-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) found that Kosovo is the most homophobic country in the Balkans, a region that is not known for tolerant views on sexuality. More than 80 percent of LGBT Kosovars interviewed said they ...

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  • Life's too harsh in Presevo to worry about Serb-Kosovo border 24/09/2018
    One of Serbia's poorest regions, Presevo in 2001 saw a brief conflict when ethnic Albanian guerrillas took up arms demanding to join neighbouring Kosovo AFP/Armend NIMANI PRESEVO, Serbia: In the border valley of Presevo, neither ethnic Albanians nor Serbs pay much attention to talk of changes to the frontier between Serbia and Kosovo - they are too busy […]
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    President Donald Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, but other countries have not followed suit. Only two - Guatemala and Paraguay - have made the move themselves; the latter also moved its embassy back to Tel Aviv earlier this month.
  • Kosovo wants guarantee, deal in exchange for KLA court? 21/09/2018
    Indictments for serious crimes committed by the KLA will not be raised for at least another year, daily Blic is reporting on Friday. "There will not be indictments for at least a year, that is, until Belgrade-Pristina negotiations in Brussels have been completed," an unnamed source, "close to Pristina authorities," is quoted as telling th […]
  • Kosovo Will Open An Embassy In Jerusalem If Israel Recognizes It As A State 21/09/2018
    Kosovo would set up an embassy in Israel if the Jewish state recognizes it as an independent state, the president of the Balkan breakaway republic said. "If Kosovo were recognized by Israel, I would place the Kosovo embassy in Jerusalem," Thaci is quoted as saying in an interview with the Real Story news show.

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