Wed, Jun 19 2013
A plenary session of the Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe
Hashim Thaçi will continue as prime minister, with AKR leader Bejet Pacolli as president.
Most UN Security Council members said they would support EULEX looking into the allegations and did not express the need for a separate investigation. Russia, a close ally of Serbia, was one of the major exceptions, saying it supports the idea of an international investigation accountable to the United Nations.
Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaçi has rejected allegations that he was involved in organ trafficking as untrue and slanderous, but his likening of Switzerland’s Dick Marty, compiler of the report, to Joseph Goebbels has offended the Swiss.
The realities of turning the Western Balkans towards the West
The Kosovo government has dismissed the claims as untrue.
Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov, interviewed by The Sofia Echo Editor-in-Chief Clive Leviev-Sawyer, on the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Schengen and the Lisbon Treaty. An edited transcript:
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.