Sun, May 19 2013
MEETING IN PRISTINA: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former United Nations special envoy Martti Ahtisaari, left, with Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu after meeting in the Kosovo capital Pristina, June 15 2009. Kosovo declared independence in 2008 based on an Ahtisaari document without the UN's blessing and so far is recognised by 60 countries.
Many things depend on the geopolitical situation outside Kosovo, especially among UN Security Council members and Russia’s approach, deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuqi said.
Jordan is to become the 61st country to recognise Kosovo as an independent state, according to media reports quoting the foreign ministry in Pristina.
Representatives of Belgrade and Pristina tussle over UNMIK; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reports situation in Kosovo is ‘relatively peaceful’.
On eve of visit to join in celebrations of anniversary of Kosovo constitution, former UN envoys highlights Kosovo’s accession to IMF and World Bank as achievements.
Gradual cutdown to a ‘deterrent presence’, Nato ministers agree. Possible timeframe is by January 1 2010, with further cuts if circumstances allow.
Nobel Peace Prize winner and former envoy on Kosovo invited for visit on June 15 for celebrations of first anniversary of constitution.
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.
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.