Mon, May 20 2013
TENSE MOMENTS: A European Union police officer watches as Serb protesters approach the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica on May 8. About 50 Serbs were protesting against the rebuilding of seven destroyed houses belonging to Albanian returnees near the flashpoint town.
In Skopje, prime minister Nikola Gruevski calls for ‘good neighbourly relations’ after warnings that decision not to receive Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu with state ceremony could cause inter-ethnic tension in Macedonia.
Serbia’s minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic and a presidential adviser prevented from entering Kosovo in an incident similar to one in February 2009.
Serbian president Tadic says that Belgrade will not accept recognition of Kosovo as a precondition for EU accession; Sarkozy tells Tadic to work with Kosovo but that no one expects Serbia to recognise it to gain EU membership.
Fatmir Sejdiu, who reportedly was not at Macedonian president’s inauguration so as not to offend the president of Serbia, withdraws from visit because status of the event was downgraded, reports say.
Resolution by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference satisfies Belgrade by not calling for further recognitions of Kosovo’s independence, while Pristina says that it will indeed pave the way for future recognitions.
US vice president says that he does not expect Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence, but Serbia should co-operate with the EU and international community on Kosovo.
Calls for Kosovo to pressure Biden to lobby harder for more recognition for the fledgling state, while the topic may be skimmed in Serbia as the US seeks to rebuild ties.
Power cutoff followed refusal by ethnic Serbs to sign contracts with or pay bills to Kosovo-run electricity company.
Kosovo was close to joining the International Monetary Fund, the finance minister of the government in Pristina, Ahmet Shala, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Serbia tables vast volume of documents and maps to claim that Kosovo’s February 2008 declaration of independence was illegitimate.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.