The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) offices in Belgrade and Pristina contribute to the debate on improving relations between Serbia and Kosovo and offer new perspectives to this end by launching the project Scenarios for Serbia-Kosovo Relations in 2035. Four scenarios on the state of relations between Serbia and Kosovo in 2035 were developed by multinational Scenario Group from September 2017 till February 2018
Soon it will be five years since the Brussels Agreement was signed, which in essence provided for the dismissal of Serbian-run institutions in Kosovo and integration into the Kosovo system as one, and the creation of the so-called Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities on the other side. While these institutions, except health, education and postal services, have been dismissed and integrated, the A/CSM has not yet been created. However, not long ago, the topic has reoccurred in the expectations of the European Union and the U.S. before all, for “Serbia and Kosovo” to enter into a legally binding agreement providing for the “normalization of relations” as soon as possible. All this time the public is being served with contradictory statements in regard to the A/CSM. We remind of the facts about the Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities so far.
The Special Prosecution of Kosovo has filed an indictment against minister of Infrastructure, Pal Lekaj. He is accused of corruption at the time he served as mayor of Gjakovica/Gjakova.
Stefanovic: Serbian Court-issued Arrest Warrants Sent Back to INTERPOL, Haradinaj and Thaci Exception
All arrest warrants issued by Serbian courts have been returned to INTERPOL, except the ones against Haradinaj and Thaci that have remained in the system, but won’t be visible for some time - it was stated today in Belgrade by Serbian Minister of Interior, Nebojsa Stefanovic. This international organization had removed, at the end of February, from its red warrants list former members of the “Kosovo Liberation Army” that Serbia considers responsible for war crimes.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will visit Kosovo on Thursday as part of his Balkans tour.
Due to the issuance of false bills, Kosovo’s Tax Administration conducted a raid in Zubin Potok in four locations. The amount of the bills exceeded 4,000,000 € - stated Kosovo Tax Administration. The release adds that the raid was conducted by the Department for Tax Investigation and Intelligence, based on a prosecutor’s order, but there is no further information on locations, persons and “entities” in question, as well as whether there were arrests made.
Gazeta Express has learned from its sources that Kosovo minister of Innovation Besim Beqaj will be dismissed for his involvement in the wiretapping scandal known as the “Pronto” affair.
After talking with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic about the upcoming summit in Sofia, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov talked with Thaci. Borisov talked to Thaci on the phone about the summit, the Kosovo President said.
“Our friend Bojko told me yesterday, and I didn’t even know he was keeping track of all our statements here, that they see and know all of that in Europe, so there was this statement on guns, Greater Albania, and everything else, so Bojko told me, and he won’t get angry about it – says Bojko – I could see you were gritting your teeth, but what came out was good and it was good that you called for peace. So we will try and send such messages out in the future, and thank you for noticing it”, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic continues in the same peaceful spirit during his visit through the region today. This time, after meeting with the Bulgarian PM, Bojko Borisov. I don’t speak of guns as HashimThaci does, conveyed Vucic yesterday from Mostar regarding Thaci’s statement earlier that “threats from Serbia” would get responded to as “they were 19 years ago” – “with guns”. Regional leaders have gathered in Mostar for the 21st International Economic Fair with Serbia as co-organizer.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci paid tribute to the killed at the Kosare graveyard and participated in the memorial gathering, within the traditional "Days of Eagle" event, in honor of the Kosare Battle.
"In a country almost completely sunken in barbarism, it is viewed as something almost wondrous, and is respected with worship."
Orthodox Christians across the world are today celebrating Orthodox Easter, which this year falls a week after the Catholic and Protestant Easter. All over Kosovo and Metohija worshippers flocked to their local churches and monasteries. Senior Serbian state officials extended their best wishes to the Christian faithful. The Orthodox Church uses the earlier Julian calendar for calculating the dates of festivals such as Easter. The dates on both calendars happen to be the same in some of years, such was the case last year. The Serbian Patriarch Irinej adressed his Pascha Encyclical.
Official Belgrade has gotten hold of an „authentic document” regarding the Association/Community of Serb-majority Municipalities that Priština submitted to the U.S. and EU representatives yesterday morning. According to the document, titled “Working Mechanism for the Association of Serb-majority Municipalities”, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj should be in charge of the implementation and creation of the A/CSM. This document is nothing short of making nonsense of previous claims by Kosovo institutions that they would create the A/CSM – says the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Head, Marko Đurić. He showed and read out the document to a press conference in Belgrade, just before his first trip to Kosovo after his arrest in Kosovska Mitrovica, which he claimed was submitted by the Kosovo Government, adding that instead of the creation of the A/CSM, Priština wanted to annul the collective political rights of Serbs in Kosovo. “Serbs will not accept it”, Đurić conveyed.
"If we would have spoken openly on Kosovo’s partition, without its mentors, Pristina would start with its own interests and accept the proposal”, claims Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić. Still, powers that be think there would be a massive relocation of population when partition and delineation are mentioned, since they don’t take into account that the ethnic situation on the ground has been in accordance with the actual proposition for partition, he says, adding that the proposal for Kosovo partition is not being even being considered, since they believe that the issue of Kosovo was closed in 2008 with recognition of independence.
The Special Prosecutor's Office of Kosovo issued an indictment against eleven officials and politicians. Among the accused are the current Kosovo Minister, former deputies, deputy ministers, secretary-generals, advisers, a former president of the SO Prizren, and several board directors in public companies, the Kosovo Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. The subject is called "Pronto", which is the name fora series of texts and audio recordings of telephone conversations of top Kosovo officials that were published by the Insideri news web portal under" The Dossier of Bosses" in 2016. In an eavesdropped conversation, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Adem Grabovci, was arranging the recruitment of suitable persons, the election of presidents and board members in public companies and independent agencies, together with his political counterparts, including the Kosovo President, Hashim Thaci, whom he referred to as "the boss".
Head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Marko Ðurić is to attend the midnight Easter liturgy tomorrow, April 7, in Banjska Monastery in the north of Kosovo, reads one-sentence press announcement of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija Head Marko Đurić’s visit to Kosovo. Kosovo media reported that this time his visit was approved.
Brussels is increasingly losing its influence as a mediator in negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, and other figures have appeared on the scene, such as Turkish President Rexhep Tayyip Erdogan. "A personal friendship between Hashim Thaci and Erdogan is a reality. Among Albanian leaders and politicians very often it is rumoured that once communication between Thaci and Belgrade is not good, the main man who is trying to mediate is Erdogan," said Serbian politician from Kosovo Rada Trajkovic in "Dan uživo" talk show on N1 TV. She points out that the inappropriate arrest of Djuric was connected with the arrest of six Gülenists, and that the events in Kosovska Mitrovica were completely overshadowed by the arrest of these Fetullah Gulen's supporters.
Director for South Central European Affairs at the US Department of State, Matthew Palmer, is expected to visit Kosovo today. Palmer will stop in Pristina after visiting Belgrade on Thursday.
The drafting process for the Statute has started and will take place within a four-month time frame.
“I am convinced that the time has come for a broad political and historical agreement between Kosovo and Serbia,”