Fri, May 24 2013
Coalition for Democracy activists and other Kosovars march during a protest against the visa restrictions imposed on Kosovo for travel to the European Union and the decision of the EU not to extend Kosovo's preferential trade agreement, in the capital Pristina February 15 2011.
Serbian President Boris Tadic is appealing for diplomacy after Kosovo police tried to seize control of two border posts in Kosovo's Serb-dominated north, wounding two officers and three civilians.
Earlier, Belgrade-Priština dialogue which was due to continue in Brussels on July 20 and 21 was postponed to September.
It apologised to the citizens of Serbia and neighboring countries who were subject to insult, slander and hate speech while the late Slobodan Milosevic was in power.
Welcoming the recent start of a much-awaited dialogue between officials in Pristina and Belgrade, Lamberto Zannier, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General told the UN Security Council that Kosovo had emerged from a constitutional crisis and appeared to be headed towards a period of increased political stability
Protesters also showed their support for the former Kosovo Liberation Army, after the EU police arrested nine of its members earlier this month.
Reports say all of those arrested were members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army — a guerrilla organisation that fought against Serbian forces in Kosovo in the late 1990s.
Leaders of Bulgaria and Serbia seek to keep relations on the right track, awkward incidents notwithstanding
Ambassador Ariana Zherka Hoxha and Fatos Hoxha hosted a well-attended celebration at the Grand Hotel Sofia on February 17 of the third anniversary of Kosovo's independence.
We count on the new government to tackle its reform priorities, in particular to strengthen public administration, enhance the rule of law and to ensure the integration of all communities, welcome the new government's commitment to the Priština-Belgrade dialogue, Ashton and Füle say.
Hashim Thaçi will continue as prime minister, with AKR leader Bejet Pacolli as president.
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.