Thousands of Kosovo citizens have clearly expressed their stance towards two of the hottest topics in the recent past: the country’s demarcation of the country with Montenegro, which is holding Kosovo hostage to visa liberalization by the European Union, and the possible abolition of the Special Court, which will deal with alleged war crimes in the country. More than 8,000 signatures of the country’s citizens have been assembled in an online petition  (click here to sign it), which urges the Kosovo Assembly to ratify the Demarcation Agreement with Montenegro and that the initiatives for the dismissal of the Special Court is not passed.” (translated from Gazeta Express)

“Five western nations have warned Kosovo against repealing or amending a law on a war crimes court, saying it would suffer negative consequences “in international and Euro-Atlantic integration.” A statement Thursday from the nations — the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy — said they were ‘deeply concerned by ongoing efforts to undermine the work of the Specialist Chambers.’ It called on Kosovo politicians and lawmakers ‘to abandon any thought of repealing or re-negotiating any aspect of the law … (because that) calls into question Kosovo’s commitment to the rule of law.'” (Washington Post, full press release here)

“Serbs who visit a church in the western Kosovo town of Gjakova/Djakovica for Orthodox Christmas each year have cancelled their trip after local Kosovo Albanians said they would stage a protest. Serb pilgrims who planned to travel from Serbia to visit the church in Gjakova/Djakovica for Orthodox Christmas on January 6 said on Friday that they have cancelled their trip after a protest was announced by local Kosovo Albanians. The Association of Serbs from Djakovica accused ‘unknown persons’ of creating a climate of “hysteria” and potential violence ahead of the visit, and said it would request an urgent meeting with international institutions in Kosovo and officials in Pristina. ‘We are not frightened. We continue the struggle to reclaim our dignity, human and religious rights,’ it said in a press release.” (Balkan Transnational Justice)