“Kosovo’s political parties failed Thursday to pass a resolution preventing any leader, including the president, from negotiating border changes with Serbia.
All parties support the resolution but failed to pass it during a vote due to abstentions caused by political disagreements.
Kosovo, which is mostly ethnic Albanian, fought a war with Serbia from 1988-89 and declared independence from Belgrade in 2008. Serbia still refuses to recognize Kosovo’s independence and tensions persist over pockets of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo and ethnic Albanians in Serbia.” (ABC News)
“After decades of relying on lignite, Kosovo has been told it needs to phase the energy source out, despite having 14 billion tonnes of reserves, the fifth largest in the world.
Last month, the World Bank told Kosovo it would no longer support a planned 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant. It was supposed to provide a partial risk guarantee to help unlock cheaper loans for its biggest energy project.
‘The World Bank has recommended to us to have a 400 MW solar park, a 170 MW wind park and a 350 MW battery storage park,’ Valdrin Lluka, Kosovo’s Minister for Economic Development, said.” (Reuters)
“‘A key topic of debate in Belgrade is the ‘land swap’ proposal; a ‘comprehensive deal’ that would allow Serbia regain disputed territory (North Kosovo) in exchange for Serbia recognising Kosovo as a state. It is, however, not clear whether the Vucic-Thaci talks are going anywhere; nor whether any deal could be sold in Kosovo. There is still a long way to go,’ a British diplomat, European adviser, and a former mediator in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Robert Cooper, allegedly wrote in a letter to the ECSF – ‘a private note,’ which Pristina-based portal Gazeta Express got hold of. Cooper wrote this letter following the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF), where he was one of the speakers and met with a number Serbian officials, and ambassadors to Serbia from EU countries
‘The preoccupation with this particular question is dangerous as it distracts from the real problems that need to be solved before Serbia can join the European Union. Democracy and the rule of law are the most important of these.’
‘President Vucic may have persuaded himself that Kosovo is so important that, if he solves this, the rest will not matter. He imagines Brussels longing for a heroic Balkan strongman doing geopolitical deals, whereas what it would be really like is a predictable, well-run country that minds its own business and gets on well with its neighbours’ – also reads the letter.” (KosSev)