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Social-Media Users Come 'Out Of The Woods' To Further Serbia-Kosovo Dispute

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic’s use of a derogatory phrase to describe Kosovo’s leadership has not only ignited a diplomatic row in the Balkans; it has set social media ablaze as well. Tensions were already high between the neighbors this week when Kosovar police raided Serb-dominated northern areas on May 28 and arrested several people, […]

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Injured Russian UN Employee In Kosovo Being Transferred To Serbia

May 30, 2019           |                                       

PRISTINA – The United Nation’s mission in Kosovo says that one of its two staff members who were arrested and sustained “injuries” during a police operation earlier this week is being transferred to a medical facility in neighboring Serbia. In a statement on May 30, the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said […]

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Serbia Wants Russia To Play Larger Role In Kosovo Talks

April 17, 2019           |                                       

Serbia says it wants its ally Russia to play a larger role in European Union-mediated talks with Kosovo. Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow that “Serbia cannot defend its state interests without the assistance of the Russian Federation.” Dacic said Serbia “would not do anything […]

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Serbia, Kosovo Mark Anniversary Of NATO Bombings, But View It Very Differently

March 24, 2019           |                                       

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic blasted NATO’s 1999 bombing campaign of his country, claiming it was “a crime” that led to the deaths of 2,500 civilians and billions of dollars in damage. However, neighboring Kosovo, which was the beneficiary of the attack, on March 24 said it will “forever be grateful” to the Western military alliance […]

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U.S. Envoy Urges Kosovo To Lift 100 Percent Tariff On Serbian Goods

March 10, 2019           |                                       

A senior U.S. official has urged Kosovo’s leaders to rescind or delay a 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods to allow normalization talks between the two Balkan neighbors to resume. David Hale, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, was visiting Pristina on March 9 a day after stopping in Belgrade, where he called on […]

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U.S. Envoy Calls On Serbia, Kosovo To End ‘Mutual Provocations’

March 9, 2019           |                                       

A senior U.S. envoy has urged feuding neighbors Serbia and Kosovo to stop provoking each other and to resume talks aimed at normalizing relations. David Hale, the under-secretary of state for political affairs, on March 8 also called on Kosovo to withdraw its 100 percent tariff on Serbian goods to allow European Union-led talks between […]

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Kosovo Court Acquits Ethnic Serb Of War Crimes

March 8, 2019           |                                       

A court in Kosovo has acquitted an ethnic Serb on charges of war crimes. The court in the city of Peja on March 8 acquitted former Serb policeman Milorad Zajic of war crimes and genocide charges following suspicion of his involvement in crimes committed during the 1998-99 war. The court also released Zajic from house […]

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Serbian President Hints At Possible Progress Toward Recognizing Kosovo

March 4, 2019           |                                       

Serbia’s leader suggested that Belgrade might be willing to recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state, but said that would require something in return as part of a larger deal. Aleksandar Vucic made the comments in an interview published March 4 with the Italian news agency ANSA. “We must first find the compromise, we cannot recognize […]

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European Parliament Urges Kosovo To Drop 100-Percent Tariff On Serbian Goods

March 2, 2019           |                                       

The European Parliament has urged Kosovo to withdraw its 100-percent tariff on goods from Serbia to help restart normalization talks between the Western Balkan neighbors. David McAllister, the leader of a European delegation visiting the two countries, on March 2 said the group had brought up the suspension of the tariff during meetings with Kosovar […]

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Kosovo Marks Independence Anniversary With Parade

February 17, 2019           |                                       

Residents of Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, gathered to watch a parade of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) on February 17. The event was organized to mark the 11th anniversary of Kosovo’s declaration of independence — a move rejected by Serbia but recognized by more than 100 countries around the world. In December 2018, Kosovo’s parliament voted […]

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Kosovars Call For Justice In Case Of Teen Rape, Allegedly By Police Officer

February 7, 2019           |                                       

Hundreds of people protested outside police headquarters in Kosovo’s capital to demand strong action against sexual abuse. The rally on February 7 came in response to the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl in the town of Drenas, 30 kilometers west of Pristina. The protesters expressed anger over what they claimed was police inaction to […]

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Thaci Urges Kosovo’s Lawmakers To Consider Western Ties When Talking Tariffs

February 1, 2019           |                                       

Kosovar President Hashim Thaci says the country’s politicians need to look at the broader picture as they consider what to do about a retaliatory tax levied on imports of Serbian goods. In a thinly veiled warning to the Balkan nation’s politicians, Thaci told RFE/RL in an interview on January 31 that no agenda should be […]

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Haradinaj Says Tax On Serbian Goods, Relations With Belgrade Shouldn't Be Linked

January 31, 2019           |                                       

Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says Kosovo’s tax on Serbian goods is a sovereign decision and not something that can be tied to negotiations with Belgrade on normalizing relations between the two countries. “The tax is the sovereign decision of the government, and we do not condition the dialogue with the decisions of the Serbian government. […]

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Kosovo's Thaci Tells Trump Deal With Serbia 'Within Reach'

January 29, 2019           |                                       

President Hasim Thaci says a deal to normalize relations between Kosovo and Serbia is “now within reach.” In a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump released on January 29, the leader of Kosovo said he was ready to do what is necessary “to reach a comprehensive and balanced settlement that will encompass all outstanding issues, […]

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