Thu, Jun 20 2013
An EULEX police officer stands in front of the police station in the Serb-dominated town of Gracanica, December 9 2008.
Joint statement by five Western embassies and the International Civilian Representative for Kosovo defends the Eulex deal with Serbia on co-operation against organised crime, but those in Kosovo who see the deal as impinging on their independence plan to protest.
Macedonian minister says that once border question is resolved, it is hoped to establish diplomatic relations. Statement ends speculation that withdrawal of recognition would follow spat over cancelled visit by Kosovo president.
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.
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.
Whatever psychological boost may be represented by the IMF admitting Kosovo, and some cheerleading from Joe Biden, Serbia shows its determination to harry the breakaway state on all fronts
Belgrade says that its office-bearers do not need permission to enter Kosovo because it is part of Serbia.
Serbia's President Boris Tadic says a compromise with Brussels is possible over the deployment of the European Union's new law-and-order mission to Kosovo. Tadic said Belgrade wants to find a compromise to the deployment of the 2200-strong European Union mission to Kosovo, known as EULEX, but with the blessing of the United Nations Security Council.
On June 28 2008, Kosovo Serbs convened their own parliament in the Kosovo town of Mitrovica, thus defying the authority of the newly-independent Kosovar state, world news agencies reported. Forty-five delegates from 26 municipalities gathered for the first session of the Assembly of the Union of Municipalities of Kosovo and Metohija and drew up a declaration in which they proclaimed that Kosovo was an integral part of Serbia.
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.