Sat, May 25 2013
Macedonian prime minister Nikola Gruevski
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.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former envoy on Kosovo invited for visit on June 15 for celebrations of first anniversary of constitution.
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.
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
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.