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Dialogue with Serbia is meaningless if it does not lead to mutual recognition, Thaci says

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci addressed media on Thursday upon his return from Brussels after meeting last Sunday his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic. Thaci said the only topic discussed in the first meeting of the final phase of the dialogue, hosted by the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, was on …

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Serbian Defence Minister will be arrest if he enters Kosovo

Serbian Minister of Defence, Aleksandar Vulin, has been banned from entering Kosovo to attend the annual celebration of St. Vitus Day in Gazimestan. Kosovo Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not approved his visit and warned that he might be arrested if enters Kosovo illegally. Original post Here

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President Thaci in Paris: The EU should do more to support Western Balkans

President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, delivering a lecture at the European Council on Foreign Relations in Paris said that the EU should do more to support the European perspective of Western Balkans. Thaci in his addressing spoke on the integration into the European Union and solving of bilateral disputes between …

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Two gold medals for Kosovo in Spain

Kosovo Judokas won two women’s gold medals at Mediterranean Games in Tarragona of Spain. Original post Here

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EULEX will undergo substantial changes, says Alexandra Papadopoulou

The head of EULEX, Alexandra Papadopoulou, said that the EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo is making substantial changes with the new mandate. Original post Here

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Kosovo bans entry of Serbian Defence Minister

Kosovo has banned Serbia’s Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin from entering the country, who announced attendance in the annual event of St. Vitus Day, celebrated by Serbs as Vidovdan every 28 June. Original post Here

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European Commission Report on visas for Kosovo to be announced within days, Arifi says

Avni, Arifi, chief of staff of the Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says the decision of the European Commission on whether Kosovo has fulfilled the criteria on visa liberalisation will be announced in the coming days. Arifi believes the EC will open the way for visa-free regime. Original post Here

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Liberia to open Embassy in Pristina, reaffirming recognition of Kosovo

Kosovo Foreign Minister, Behgjet Pacolli, met on Wednesday the President of Liberia, George Weah. Pacolli’s visit to Monrovia came after Serbian authorities alleged that this African country has revoked Kosovo’s recognition. Pacolli’s visit and Weah’s promise to open embassy in Kosovo have finally ended the debate on Kosovo’s recognition. Original …

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Kosovo Army according to NATO criteria, a credible ally for security

Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, met on Wednesday leaders of the NATO Advisory and Liaison Team (NALT), headed by its director, Ralf Hoffman. Original post Here

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Luxemburg meeting, Council waiting for the EC assessment on visas for Kosovo

EU General and Foreign Affairs Councils adopted on Tuesday in Luxembourg conclusions on Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process for the Western Balkan countries. This document will be reviewed after two days by the EU chief during a meeting of the Council of the European Union. In Kosovo’s part it …

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Redrawing borders returns tragedies, says Kosovo’s PM Haradinaj

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says he hopes a peace treaty will end disputes between Kosovo and Serbia, noting that discussion of borders returns the region into the past and tragedies. He made the comments addressing EU-Kosovo Parliament’s Committee on Stabilisation-Association Agreement (SAA). Original post Here

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Albania introduces Durres-Kukes road toll fees

Albanian authorities have introduced today the toll fees on the National Road between Durres and Kukes, which also links Albania to Kosovo. Original post Here

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Region to benefit from Kosovo Army, says deputy minister

Kosovo Government approved last week a decision to transform the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), a lightly armed civilian force, into Army of Kosovo. The Government is expected to amend current law on KSF in order to give additional competencies to this force. The move is seen with scepticism by internationals …

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Kosovo’s PM thanks MEPs on their vote on visas

Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, met on Monday a delegation of the European Parliament, headed by Tonino Picula. During the meeting they discussed recommendations deriving from the Stabilisation-Association Agreement (SAA), namely fulfilling of obligations from thew first phase of the European Reform Agenda (ERA) and preperations for implementation of the …

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Avni Arifi to be appointed new Kosovo Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Avni Arifi, chief of cabinet to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and head of Kosovo’s delegation in technical dialogue with Serbia, is expected to be appointed as new Kosovo Ambassador to United Arab Emirates. Original post Here

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Council's decision on visas in December, says Kosovo EU Minister

Kosovo Minister of the European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha, told media on Friday that the final decision of the European Council on lifting visas for Kosovo will not be taken before December. She warned authorities to be cautious in managing expectations noting that there are still procedures within the EU institutions …

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KSF Commander: Kosovo Army within months

Kosovo Security Force (KSF) General Commander, Rrahman Rama, commenting the Government’s initiative on transformation of this force into army, said that he believes the creation of Kosovo Army will happen within months. Original post Here

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US Ambassador welcomes filing of pension fraud indictment

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, commenting on filing of the indictment against former members of the Government’s commission on verification of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans’ status, said he is “proud of Kosovo for taking this important step to fight corruption.” Original post Here

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Ex-KLA commanders indicted of faking war veterans' lists

Special Prosecution of Kosovo has filed on Friday an indictment against 11 former members of the Government’s commission on verification of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans’ status. The indictment which was filed in August by ex-prosecutor Elez Blakaj, who resigned citing threats and intimidation for investigating alleged wrongdoings during …

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European Parliament approves visa liberalisation talks with Kosovo

The European Parliament approved on Thursday, with 420 votes against 186, the opening of talks on visa liberalisation for citizens of Kosovo. The vote came after the European Commission in July confirmed that the country had fulfilled all the criteria. Kosovars are the only Balkan citizens to still need a …

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Redrawing borders returns tragedies, says Kosovo’s PM Haradinaj

Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj says he hopes a peace treaty will end disputes between Kosovo and Serbia, noting that discussion of borders returns the region into the past and tragedies. He made the comments addressing EU-Kosovo Parliament’s Committee on Stabilisation-Association Agreement (SAA). Original post Here

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Albania introduces Durres-Kukes road toll fees

Albanian authorities have introduced today the toll fees on the National Road between Durres and Kukes, which also links Albania to Kosovo. Original post Here

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Region to benefit from Kosovo Army, says deputy minister

Kosovo Government approved last week a decision to transform the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), a lightly armed civilian force, into Army of Kosovo. The Government is expected to amend current law on KSF in order to give additional competencies to this force. The move is seen with scepticism by internationals …

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Kosovo’s PM thanks MEPs on their vote on visas

Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, met on Monday a delegation of the European Parliament, headed by Tonino Picula. During the meeting they discussed recommendations deriving from the Stabilisation-Association Agreement (SAA), namely fulfilling of obligations from thew first phase of the European Reform Agenda (ERA) and preperations for implementation of the …

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Avni Arifi to be appointed new Kosovo Ambassador to United Arab Emirates

Avni Arifi, chief of cabinet to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and head of Kosovo’s delegation in technical dialogue with Serbia, is expected to be appointed as new Kosovo Ambassador to United Arab Emirates. Original post Here

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Council's decision on visas in December, says Kosovo EU Minister

Kosovo Minister of the European Integration, Dhurata Hoxha, told media on Friday that the final decision of the European Council on lifting visas for Kosovo will not be taken before December. She warned authorities to be cautious in managing expectations noting that there are still procedures within the EU institutions …

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KSF Commander: Kosovo Army within months

Kosovo Security Force (KSF) General Commander, Rrahman Rama, commenting the Government’s initiative on transformation of this force into army, said that he believes the creation of Kosovo Army will happen within months. Original post Here

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US Ambassador welcomes filing of pension fraud indictment

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, commenting on filing of the indictment against former members of the Government’s commission on verification of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans’ status, said he is “proud of Kosovo for taking this important step to fight corruption.” Original post Here

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Ex-KLA commanders indicted of faking war veterans' lists

Special Prosecution of Kosovo has filed on Friday an indictment against 11 former members of the Government’s commission on verification of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) veterans’ status. The indictment which was filed in August by ex-prosecutor Elez Blakaj, who resigned citing threats and intimidation for investigating alleged wrongdoings during …

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European Parliament approves visa liberalisation talks with Kosovo

The European Parliament approved on Thursday, with 420 votes against 186, the opening of talks on visa liberalisation for citizens of Kosovo. The vote came after the European Commission in July confirmed that the country had fulfilled all the criteria. Kosovars are the only Balkan citizens to still need a …