Thu, May 23 2013
HONOURED GUEST: Former United Nations special envoy Martti Ahtisaari passes near members of the Kosovo Security Force in Pristina airport, June 15 2009.
STANDING FIRM: Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic told the UN Security Council that his country would never recognise Kosovo as independent and called for the continuation of the UNMIK mission.
The withdrawal of 4000 military personnel from Kosovo will not endanger security, Kfor says.
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.
The general security situation has not changed, according to Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, saying that the military alliance would keep to its plan to reduce KFOR from 15 000 to 10 000 military personnel by the beginning of 2010.
Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic will again take up the cudgels at the UN General Assembly meeting on September 15 2009 against the campaign to get more countries to recognise Kosovo – which, as a state without UN recognition, will be on the sidelines of the meeting.
Decision by the Kyustendil court is subject to appeal in Sofia. Earlier, Belgrade had summoned Bulgarian ambassador and invokes 1960 extradition agreement, while Serbian media report that the US, UK and France are pressing Bulgaria to release Agim Ceku.
Serbian foreign minister to call for an end to international pressure to recognise Kosovo as independent.
In Belgrade, Costas Papacostas says that Cyprus backs Serbia on its road to the European Union and that the question of Kosovo should not be linked to Serbia’s EU accession.
Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu urges ethnic Serbs to take part in the municipal elections, the first vote to be held in Kosovo since its February 2008 unilateral declaration of independence.
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.
No decision yet on future of force, says Nato chief Scheffer, after reports that Nato plans to scale down its operations in Kosovo.
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.