Sat, May 25 2013
Romanian president Traian Basescu.
Public hearings at the World Court on the question on Kosovo’s independence start on December 1, with 30 countries and Kosovo scheduled to take part, the court says.
About 30 countries have applied to be heard in public debate in the International Court of Justice case on the question of the legality of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence, and Pristina claims the largest share are its allies.
Traian Basescu is far from guaranteed a second term as president of Romania
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.
Of the 224 government departments, agencies and other associations, directly or indirectly controlled and subjected to the central government, only 107 will remain in operation.
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.
Serbian foreign minister Vuk Jeremic will again take up the cudgels at the UN General Assembly meeting on September 15 2009 against the campaign to get more countries to recognise Kosovo – which, as a state without UN recognition, will be on the sidelines of the meeting.
Several injuries reported after clashes in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, and northern city, Mitrovica
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
Kosovo president Sejdiu repeated his words from a month earlier, calling on Serbs to participate in the November local elections, media in Pristina said.
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.
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.