Kosovo

Western Balkans Leaders Meet EU OfficialsPhoto: Twitter

Western Balkans Leaders Meet EU Officials

“European Union (EU) High Representative Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday the Western Balkans leaders were united in supporting the Skopje – Athens agreement on a new name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on normalisation of relations, the Beta news agency […]

NATO to “Re-examine Level of Engagement” in Kosovo

NATO to “Re-examine Level of Engagement” in Kosovo

“The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call today with Mr Ramush Haradinaj of Kosovo. He informed Mr Haradinaj that the North Atlantic Council had an initial discussion on the recently adopted laws on the transition of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF). The Secretary General informed […]

Haradinaj: Tariffs stay until recognition from Bosnia and SerbiaPhoto: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

Haradinaj: Tariffs stay until recognition from Bosnia and Serbia

“Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo’s Prime Minister, said on Wednesday the customs duties on goods from Serbia and Bosnia were not intended against their people but aimed to make both Belgrade and Sarajevo recognise Pristina’s independence declared in 2008, the Beta news agency reported. He said Bosnia and Herzegovina was […]

Vucic to Tusk: Talks resume with Pristina when tariffs are liftedPhoto: FRANCOIS LENOIR/REUTERS

Vucic to Tusk: Talks resume with Pristina when tariffs are lifted

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the Western Balkans, the measures imposed by Pristina and Serbia’s European integration, the president’s cabinet said in a press release, adding that Prime Minister Ana Brnabic was present […]

Vucic Doesn’t Share Same Optimism as TrumpPhoto: Tanjug/Politika

Vucic Doesn’t Share Same Optimism as Trump

“Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said Wednesday he doesn’t share Donald Trump’s apparent optimism about the prospects of a Kosovo peace deal. The U.S. president made a surprise intervention into faltering talks between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at reaching agreement on issues left unresolved from their 1998-1999 war. In a letter to […]

Trump Urges Thaci to Come to Agreement with Serbia

Trump Urges Thaci to Come to Agreement with Serbia

“U.S. President Donald Trump urged his Kosovan counterpart Hashim Thaçi to seize the chance to seal a permanent peace deal with Serbia. In a surprise intervention in faltering talks between the Balkan states, Trump held out the prospect in a letter of a White House meeting with Thaçi […]

EU Stands Behind Thaci for Negotiations with SerbiaPhoto: European Commission

EU Stands Behind Thaci for Negotiations with Serbia

“The EU top officials, Federica Mogherini, Cecilia Malmstrom and Johannes Hahn, have sent a letter to Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Tuesday.  The letter notes: ‘We would like to thank you for your letter dated 15 December. We regret however that you have not taken into consideration […]

State Department Designates ex- Serbian General for Murder of Bytyqi BrothersPhoto: AP

State Department Designates ex- Serbian General for Murder of Bytyqi Brothers

“The Department is publicly designating Goran Radosavljevic of Serbia under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights. Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible […]

Kosovo and Serbia’s Leaders Face Off at the UNPhoto: impakter.com

Kosovo and Serbia’s Leaders Face Off at the UN

“The only mistake Kosovo made in creating an army was ‘waiting five years,’ the country’s president has told the UN Security Council. But Serbia has urged the UN to ‘tame’ Pristina. World powers are discussing Kosovo’s decision to form an army at a UN Security Council session on Monday. Serbia and Russia have […]

RFE/RL: “EU, Kosovo Hold Tense Meeting in Brussels” + EU Press StatementPhoto: Kosova Press

RFE/RL: “EU, Kosovo Hold Tense Meeting in Brussels” + EU Press Statement

“A meeting between senior Kosovar and EU officials has ended in acrimony over tariffs imposed by Pristina on imports from Serbia and the bloc’s delays to enact visa-free travel for Kosovars. The annual meeting of the EU-Kosovo Stabilization and Association Council, held in Brussels on December 17, ended […]