“A funeral service for political activist and human rights defender Adem Demaci, a revered figure in Kosovo who was sometimes called the ‘Balkans’ Mandela,’ was held on July 28 in the Kosovar capital, Pristina. Political leaders from Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, as well as hundreds of Kosovars attended the ceremony.” (Video availalbe at RFE/RL)

About 260,000 illegal weapons are estimated to be in the hands of Kosovo citizens.

Their owners from mid-October are likely to be offered the opportunity to legalize or surrender them.

This is foreseen by the Law on Legalization and Handover of Weapons, which although has been in force for more than a year, has not yet begun to apply.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Izmi Zeka justifies these delays with the need to draft administrative instructions for legalization and handover of weapons, instructions already in public discussion, informs Klan Kosova.

For weapons that are delivered, any criminal prosecution shall be excluded, while the weapons for which legalization is sought shall be subject to full verification.

‘As soon as they are verified, it is possible to get the permit for the transfer of weapons,’ said Zeka.” (translated from Telegrafi)

“Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli says a partition of the country as a solution to the problems with Serbia would be a violation of sovereignty and no one in Kosovo would be ready for such discussion. In an interview with our colleague Ilir Ikonomi, he said there are many other problems to be solved with Serbia before this issue arises. Mr. Pacolli was in Washington to attend the State Department’s ministry on Freedom of Religion.” (translated from VoA)