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Deal to cancel Resolution 1244, but Russia won't let it? (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +0000)
Southeast Europe Studies professor at Graz University Florian Bieber assesses that an Serbia-Kosovo agreement would lead to the abolition of Resolution 1244. According to him, the agreement should lead to a new UN Security Council resolution that would replace or abolish Resolution 1244, which would allow Kosovo to become a member of the UN. However, British reporter and analyst Tim Judah believes that the text of the agreement does not have to be in conflict with Resolution 1244.
NATO responds to Trump: Attack on one is attack on all (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:40:00 +0000)
A senior NATO official has reminded the United States of the obligation to respect the principle of mutual defense in the event of an aggression on any member. This came as a response after US President Donald Trump recently raised doubts about the case of Montenegro.
"Partition means war," says Kosovo PM (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:16:00 +0000)
Ramish Haradinaj has spoken against the idea of "territory exchange with Serbia" and "made a strong warning," Kosovo-based website KoSSev is reporting. Namely, the Kosovo prime minister told RTV Dukagjini that a partition "means war."
Serbian president invites Egyptian counterpart to visit (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:41:00 +0000)
President Aleksandar Vucic and Egyptian Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal have discussed bilateral relations, the situation in the region and global issues. During their meeting in Belgrade on Thursday, Vucic emphasized that Egypt was "a true friend of both Serbia and the Serbian people and stressed that it is necessary to work on intensifying cooperation at all levels, especially on strengthening economic relations," the president's press service said.
Suriname's foreign minister visiting Serbia (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:41:00 +0000)
First Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic received in Belgrade on Thursday Foreign Minister of Suriname Yldiz Deborah Pollack-Beighle. According to the Serbian government, they assessed that relations between the two countries are very good and based on mutual benefit, understanding and friendship.
US ambassador changes tune: Now partition can be discussed (Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:18:00 +0000)
US Ambassador in Kosovo Greg Delawie said late on Thursday that it was up to Kosovo and Serbia to decide on a possible partition of Kosovo. This statement contradicts the ones he made earlier, when he described partition as a dangerous option.
BIA agency denies reports about ties with "contract killers" (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:56:00 +0000)
The BIA has denied media reports about several persons arrested in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija on July 18 being in any way linked to the agency. "Mario Milosevic, Jovan Pavicevic, Strahinja Dankovic, and Laureta Zuba have been arrested based on Interpol's notice on suspicion of committing the grave criminal acts of murder and kidnapping in the territory of the Republic of Montenegro," the Security Information Agency (BIA) said in a statement on Thursday.
"Both Ugljanin and Pacolli are Serbian citizens" (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:48:00 +0000)
It's very interesting how Sulejman Ugljanin turns toward Belgrade or Pristina - obviously depending on his financial needs, Ivica Dacic has said. The Serbian foreign minister and first deputy prime minister in this way commented on the Bosniak National Council (BNV), headed by Ugljanin, inviting Behgjet Pacolli to visit Novi Pazar - and addressing him as "the foreign minister of the Republic of Kosovo."
Dacic comments on strange case of Egypt's Kosovo recognition (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:32:00 +0000)
Ivica Dacic has said that Thursday's visit of the Egyptian parliament speaker should not be linked to Egypt revoking its recognition of Kosovo. Moreover, the Serbian foreign minister continued, the case of Egypt recognizing Kosovo is "not entirely clear" - as there is no written evidence of it.
IMF approves new, non-financial advisory program for Serbia (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:51:00 +0000)
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a new, 30-month non-financial advisory program for Serbia. Tanjug is reporting that this was announced by the National Bank of Serbia (NBS).
Tanzania and Ethiopia silent on Curuvija murder suspect (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:19:00 +0000)
Miroslav Kurak, who is accused of being the direct perpetrator of the murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija, has been on the run for more than a decade. Investigative website Insajder is reporting, citing other media, that Kurak had been living and working for years in Tanzania.
Has Sandzak recognized Kosovo? And how will Serbia react? (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:46:00 +0000)
The Bosniak National Council (BNV) in Serbia has invited Behgjet Pacolli to visit as an official of "the Republic of Kosovo." This raises the question of whether Sandzak (informal term for a region in southwestern Serbia) has recognized Kosovo?
Matic's comments about murder trial cause heated debate (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:40:00 +0000)
A heated debate was held about journalism and the violation of the presumption of innocence by lawyers, journalists and judges gathered for a round table. The controversy arose over the comments made by the president of the Commission Investigating Murders of Journalists, Veran Matic, on the trial for the murder of journalist Slavko Curuvija, Beta agency reported.
Serbian FM receives US ambassador (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:52:00 +0000)
Serbian Foreign Minister and First Deputy PM Ivica Dacic on Wednesday received US Ambassador to Serbia Kyle Scott. According to the Serbian government, they "expressed satisfaction because of the 100th anniversary since the Serbian flag was raised over over the White House, which will be celebrated with a series of events in Belgrade and Washington."
Kosovo meets conditions for lifting visas - EU official (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:33:00 +0000)
The European Commission (EC) has concluded that Kosovo had fulfilled all the conditions for EU visa liberalization. The EU commissioner for migration and home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said this in Brussels on Wednesday, Beta agency reported.
Daily: Egypt to revoke recognition of Kosovo? (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:18:00 +0000)
One of the main topics of the visit of Egypt's parliamentary delegation to Belgrade will be the withdrawal of that country's recognition of Kosovo. Belgrade-based daily Vecernje Novosti is reporting this on Thursday.
Open administration "in service of citizens, businesses" (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:47:00 +0000)
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic took part on Wednesday at the 5th Open Government Partnership Summit, held this year in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. At the summit, opened by Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuk Bahtadze and attended by representatives from more than 90 countries of the world, the results achieved by introducing the concept of open administration, improving the electronic services for citizens, digitizing and reducing corruption were presented.
Kosovo Albanian leaders' fear of flying - over Serb Republic (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:08:00 +0000)
An airplane taking Pristina's delegation to the Kosovo talks in Brussels has "wandered into" the Serb Republic's airspace - thanks to a mistake made in Tirana. According to reports in Albanian language media, the Tirana air traffic control directed Behgjet Pacolli's private plane used by the delegation to the airspace of the Serb entity (RS) in Bosnia-Herzegovina - that is "controlled by relevant Serb services."
Serbia seeks strategic partner for copper mine and smelter (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:15:00 +0000)
The Serbian Ministry of Economy on Wednesday announced a tender to select a strategic investor for the RTB Bor mining and smelting complex. The tender, published by Belgrade's Politika daily, envisions a 350 million dollar capital increase, Tanjug is reporting.
Vucic and Thaci "agree to meet again" - EU (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:04:00 +0000)
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday hosted a meeting in Brussels with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo President Hashim Thaci. EU's External Service announced this on its website, and added that the meeting was held within the high level Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.