Wed, Jun 19 2013
Fireworks over Pristina, Kosovo, in February 2008 after Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia.
In the space of less than a week, former UN special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari twice says publicly that the EU should not accept Serbia as a member unless Belgrade recognises Kosovo as independent, and says that countries not recognising Kosovo are holding up EU expansion.
Romanian president Traian Basescu says that Bucharest is prepared to be Belgrade’s partner in the Serbian action in the International Court of Justice calling into question the legitimacy of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.
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.
Serbia protested formally to Tirana after Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha was quoted as saying ‘the national unity of Albanians should be a key idea in the policies of Albania and Kosovo’. Albania has rejected claims that it wants to undermine the territorial integrity of Serbia.
Ten million euro allocated for embassy buildings in Washington, London, Brussels and Paris
Jordan is to become the 61st country to recognise Kosovo as an independent state, according to media reports quoting the foreign ministry in Pristina.
The European Commission will on July 14 include Serbia, but not Kosovo, among the countries for which Schengen visa area access will be liberalised.
Ahead of a visit by the Dutch foreign minister and the July EU ministerial, Belgrade insists it is co-operating with The Hague tribunal. The Dutch are not persuaded.
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.
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.