Wed, May 22 2013
Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, right, and Kosovo's foreign minister Skender Hyseni before a meeting in Ankara, August 28 2009.
Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic.
In Belgrade, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman is thanked by Serbia for not recognising Kosovo, while Lieberman says that Israel hopes that Belgrade and Pristina will achieve a ‘comprehensive and peaceful solution’.
The deal, signed on September 14 2009, will provide for Washington to assist Kosovo in economic development and rule of law.
Spain, which takes over the rotating presidency of the EU on January 1 2010, is among the bloc’s members that does not recognise Kosovo, but says that this will not be a problem and that Madrid respects different points of view.
Visiting Sweden, currently holder of the EU presidency, Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic is told that hopes are to do away with Schengen visa requirements for Western Balkan countries in coming months.
In the space of less than a week, former UN special envoy for Kosovo Martti Ahtisaari twice says publicly that the EU should not accept Serbia as a member unless Belgrade recognises Kosovo as independent, and says that countries not recognising Kosovo are holding up EU expansion.
Romanian president Traian Basescu says that Bucharest is prepared to be Belgrade’s partner in the Serbian action in the International Court of Justice calling into question the legitimacy of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence.
Several injuries reported after clashes in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, and northern city, Mitrovica
Is Moscow’s policy in the Caucasus a pursuit of strong imperial ambition or motivated by a fear of appearing weak?
Serbia protested formally to Tirana after Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha was quoted as saying ‘the national unity of Albanians should be a key idea in the policies of Albania and Kosovo’. Albania has rejected claims that it wants to undermine the territorial integrity of Serbia.
Ten million euro allocated for embassy buildings in Washington, London, Brussels and Paris
For years, the countries of the Western Balkans have been waiting for visa-free travel. In the region's relationship with the EU, few issues have been as important.
Many things depend on the geopolitical situation outside Kosovo, especially among UN Security Council members and Russia’s approach, deputy prime minister Hajredin Kuqi said.
Representatives of Belgrade and Pristina tussle over UNMIK; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon reports situation in Kosovo is ‘relatively peaceful’.
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.