“The Kosovar justice minister says Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj has been removed from an international arrest warrant issued by Serbia. ‘Today, I was informed that Interpol has removed 18 people from Kosovo that are wanted by Serbia and this list also includes the prime minister,’ Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri said on December 1.” (RFERL)

“Deputy Prime Minister Enver Hoxhaj met a group of Albanian associations and businesses and Mark Gjonaj, elected recently as member of the New York City Council from the ranks of Democrats, during his stay in the United States. Hoxhaj and Gjonaj talked about cooperation and coordination to even better govern the Albanian community in New York who already have a strong voice in the council as Mark Gjonaj. ‘I met Mark Gjonaj, the powerful voice of the Albanian community in New York, as a member of the city council of New York. Along with Mark, we met representatives of the Albanian geography societies as a whole, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and the Presevo Valley Highlands. These representatives are an example of how the Albanians wherever they live in the Diaspora should participate actively in political and public life by choosing and resolving (issues) as the political representatives,’ said Hoxhaj.” (translated from Koha Dritore)

Professor at John Hopkins  and expert on Balkan affairs Daniel Serwer recently wrote his recommendations, and what he found wrong with the Atlantic Council’s report, “Balkans Forward: A New US Strategy for the Region.” He commented on Kosovo’s Camp Bondsteel, stating “I would be prepared to consider a permanent US military presence in Southeastern Europe, but I can’t agree that ‘Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo is ideal for the purpose.’ It is not. It lacks the 10,000-foot runway that a serious US base would require, and building one would be difficult given the topography. There is also no need for one, since an F-16 doesn’t know much difference between Aviano (in northern Italy) and Bondsteel. Nor do I think we can assume that we will always be welcome in Kosovo. Young Kosovar Albanians don’t understand why the country doesn’t have an army. NATO is starting to be seen as a barrier to getting one.” (Dr. Serwer’s blog, Peacefare.net)