“Molotov cocktails were hurled at armored vehicles and NATO troops wore riot gear as part of an training exercise near Kosovo’s capital, Pristina.

NATO soldiers in yellow shirts played the part of protesters in the April 27 mock riot.

The exercise wrapped up two days of training for a new rotation of troops who have been deployed to the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.

The Kosovo Force (KFOR) was established after the 1998-99 Kosovo War to bring stability to the region.

NATO officials said they are not expecting any major unrest during the next nine-month rotation.” (RFE/RL)

“The Ministry of Kosovo Security Force (KSF) pledged to submit to the Government of Kosovo amendments of the new law on KSF on Monday that would allow the KSF to acquire heavy weapons. This is the only way to bypass Serb opposition in parliament to constitutional amendments required for establishment of Kosovo Army.

Regardless objections by the Serbian election list Srpska, the Ministry of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) will proceed with the Draft Law on KSF to the Government of Kosovo on Monday, 30 April, the daily Zeri reports.

‘The Ministry is performing its activities and obligations according to the Government’s legislative plan. Currently we are waiting for the financial statement from the Ministry of Finance and the consent from the Ministry of European Integration in order for the draft Law to be in compliance with the EU legislation. On 30 April, we will proceed the draft Law to the Government of Kosovo,’ Ibrahim Shala, spokesperson for the KSF Ministry told the daily. Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Finance said that they are reviewing the request of the KSF Ministry and that they will provide the answer within legal deadline.” (Gazeta Express)

“With flowers, tears and bowed heads, the citizens of Kosovo held their annual commemoration day for the 1,650 people still unaccounted for since the country’s 1998-99 war.

People gathered Friday at the Grieving Valley in the village of Meja, 55 miles west of the capital Pristina, where 19 years ago 376 Albanian civilians were killed by the Serb army and paramilitary troops.

The war left some 10,000 dead and ended after NATO intervened on behalf of the region’s Albanian majority.

Victims’ family members expressed anger that Kosovo’s post-war governments had not renovated the symbolic cemetery where Muslims and Christians are buried at the same place, the only one in the country.” (CBS)