“Kosovo marks today the 19th anniversary of NATO bombing of Serbia, which started on March 24, 1999. NATO launched air strikes after the failure of peace talks that were meant to end Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing campaign against Albanians in Kosovo.

During the bombing, Yugoslav forces carried out an extensive campaign in Kosovo, resulting in the expulsion of more than 1 million of the Kosovo Albanian population. Around 13 thousand people were killed, two thousand disappeared and over 1 million deported from the country. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci who in 1999 was political representative of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which fought against Serbian forces, in a Facebook post said that after failed diplomatic efforts to stop the aggression of Milosevic’s regime in Kosovo, NATO’s intervention remained the only alternative to stop suffering of Kosovo people. ‘We are eternally grateful to the US, EU countries and NATO, who with their intervention opened the chapter of Kosovo’s liberation,’ Thaci wrote adding that Kosovo remains committed to strengthening of peace, security and for a better future with all neighbours.” (Gazeta Express)

“The EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, took to Twitter to inform about his meeting today with the President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci.

‘Good meeting with Hashim Thaci. Ratification of the border demarcation agreement is a crucial achievement.

The President confirmed the continued efforts of Kosovo in the fight against organized crime. This is the best and fastest way to visa liberalization for  Kosovo and its citizens,’ Hahn wrote.” (RTK Live)

Austria’s Foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl, will be an official visit tomorrow in Kosovo.

She will hold a meeting with Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in the afternoon, reports the Office of the Prime Minister.

In addition to the announcement that Kneissl will be hosted in Pristina, the topics that are expected to be discussed are not disclosed.” (translated from Klan Kosova)