Tue, May 21 2013
Members of the French KFOR clear a road barricade near the northern Kosovo village of Zubin Potok July 26, 2011. Kosovo sent special police forces to its Serbian-populated north late on Monday to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia, but local Serbs resisted the move as ethnic tensions rose sharply. Police said they had taken control of one of two border crossings in the area, but the local Serbs blocked the road to prevent them from reaching the other.
The first aircraft with fresh troops landed at Pristina airport on August 3. The commander of Nato forces in Kosovo, Erhard Buehler, asked for an additional 700 troops to help restore order in northern Kosovo.
The head of Belgrade's negotiating team, Borislav Stefanović, told reporters after the closed-door meeting that there would be more discussions, but he did not say when
European Union to send a mediator to try to resolve tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, while parliament in Belgrade approves a special resolution on the border crisis.
Serbian president Boris Tadić called for an end to the violence, saying that ‘hooligans’ who are causing violence are not the ones who defend the citizens or the state of Serbia.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged Serbian president Tadic and Kosovo prime minister Thaci to help defuse the tensions and do all that is necessary to calm down the situation.
Serbian President Boris Tadic is appealing for diplomacy after Kosovo police tried to seize control of two border posts in Kosovo's Serb-dominated north, wounding two officers and three civilians.
Earlier, Belgrade-Priština dialogue which was due to continue in Brussels on July 20 and 21 was postponed to September.
In Sofia, Priština’s foreign minister builds the brickwork of formal relations.
During her visit, Catherine Ashton will reaffirm the commitment of the European Union to the European perspective of both Serbia and Kosovo as well as the support for the ongoing Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, facilitated by the EU, her office says.
Dialogue with Serbia proceeds, with a flurry over talk of partition.
Talks covered, among others, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Iran, Syria and Libya
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.