Today is The Day of Europe which is celebrated as the Day of Victory over Fascism in memory of the end of the Second World War in 1945. The European Union was created five years later through its forerunner of the Euro-Economic Community. The two enemies during war - France and Germany established the organization to jointly manage their coal and steel industries and with the idea that the war in Europe would never be repeated. Almost seven decades later, the EU itself, but also the region, are disturbed by numerous crises, including the rise of violence, xenophobia and nationalism. The Head of the EU Office in Pristina, Nataliya Apostolova answered questions about how she sees European values in this area. The interview was conducted in written form.
Almost four months have passed since the murder of Oliver Ivanovic. The killers and those who ordered it still remain unknown; also, to which direction the investigation is moving remains as such. There are no suspects, nor a court process initiated against anyone. But there is something else instead - mutual accusations between Belgrade and Pristina, both claiming that it is the other side that is not cooperating in the ongoing investigation. In the series of issues, additional ones have been set on the agenda. This the story of the alleged satellite footage from the crime scene, claimed by Belgrade to exist, was re-newed. "We did not get the footage" - said the President of Serbia to Belgrade's Kurir paper, accusing Pristina of obstructing the investigation. "I have the same information as disclosed by President Aleksandar Vucic, allegedly, the satellite image does not exist, due to the fog on the day of murder" - said on Tuesday Oliver Ivanović's wife Milena to the same paper, supporting, thus, the Serbian president's statement carried the day before.
Support for "strengthening the international subjectivity of Kosovo", "dynamizing the European perspective" and "the last phase of the dialogue on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia" - will be demanded by Kosovo President Hashim Thaçi from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, it was reported today from his cabinet.
The OSCE Mission in Kosovo in a press release stated that they are concerned to learn that a humanitarian match between FC Red Star Belgrade and FC Gracanica has been disallowed by the Kosovo Football Federation. "The OSCE Mission in Kosovo urges the respective football federations to re-engage in dialogue and find a modality for the planned match to take place, given its humanitarian character and relevance for the local community" - it is stated in the press release also.
Jack Smith, a US prosecutor, has been appointed Specialist Prosecutor. He will be succeeding David Schwendiman, the first Specialist Prosecutor and formerly Lead Prosecutor of the Special Investigative Task Force, who stepped down at the end of March when his term as a US Foreign Service Officer expired. The selection process was organised by the European Union.
In the article ‘Is there a second solution for Vucic other than a bullet?!’, as a lawyer, I am absolutely certain that there are elements of a serious criminal offense, and I expect from the state to confirm its democratic and legal capacity by protecting society from this type of abominable attack and punish the author in accordance with the law " - said Marko Djuric, the director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of Serbia.
"If you think that I am ready tomorrow to tell them: 'Here's your independent Kosovo for nothing, then I'm not ready"..."And then - here's the independent Kosovo for something?"... "Well, let's see what's at stake, let's see how much it is and see it territorially and in terms of everything else," this is what the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic said.
The Mayor of Gračanica, Srdjan Popovic, sent an open letter to the embassies in Pristina, the OSCE and UEFA after the Football Federation of Kosovo had banned Red Star to play a friendly charity match in Gracanica on Wednesday.
The friendly humanitarian match between Red Star and local club Gračanica, after taking place two years in a row seems to be unlikely to be played a third time this May. The president of the Football Association of Kosovo, Fadil Vokri, confirmed for the Pristina based Koha Ditore that the Football Association of Kosovo had not given permission to Red Star to play in Gracanica this week. The reason - "racist insults" and "anti-Kosovan messages". In no instance were there racist, or political chanting," said the mayor of Gračanica, on the other side.
"I celebrate Djurdjevdan with you wishing you to enjoy it in good health and joy for the good and that each year there are more and more of you in this region. Throughout the centuries, the Serbs and the Goranis shared good and bad, so an unbreakable bond between us, which both nations can be proud of, has been created. Thank you for guarding yourself, you are protecting Serbia in the south of our province," Kosovo Mayor of North Mitrovica Goran Rakic addressed from Gora, while celebrating Djurdjevdan with the Gorani people (St. George Day).
After revealing that Belgrade intends to launch a coordinating body and a national scientific laboratory to review possible consequences of the NATO bombing, Serbian Parliamentary Speaker Maja Gojkovic announced that she started parliamentary procedure to establish a commission to investigate consequences of NATO bombing against health of citizens and the impact on the environment. The focus of the commission will be on the consequences caused by the use of depleted uranium missiles. Gojkovic suggested an urgent decision to launch this coordination committee, hoping for an unanimous adoption during the next Parliament session.
Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj marking tenth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Kosovo and Germany, says there are no major German investors in Kosovo because of the perception on corruption making foreign investments difficult.
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The procedure for appointing a new Special Prosecutor of the Specialized Council and the Office of the Special Prosecutor is still in progress, European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told Tanjug.
"There is a decisive and difficult period for our country, citizens and people ahead of us in the next few months", conveyed Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic today.
Media Freedom Day in Kosovo was marked with protests in Gracanica and Pristina.
It is exactly 19 years since the bombing of the city's police station in North Mitrovica. Milomir Aksentijevic, a police officer, Nenad Vitkovic, the head of the department for administrative affairs and civilian Hasibe Mesahrani, who lived in a nearby building, were killed, while over 10 police officers and 25 civilians, suffered from serious or light injuries. Their family members, colleagues, war veteran associations rallied this morning at 8:45 am - the bombing time, to lay wreaths and light candles. They do it for every anniversary, while also requesting responsibility and pose the question: "Why?"
The European Karate Championship will be held next week in Novi Sad. Participants from the Kosovo Karate Federation should also participate. They are ready for this competition, says their federation. "We travel to Novi Sad with 13 competitors, while the entire delegation will comprise of 30 people," said the General Secretary of the Karate Federation of Kosovo Nazmi Gasi to RTK. There have been, however, the cases of "handball" and "judo" - where no matches between these sporting rivals took place. And Belgrade is still without a strategy for such cases.
"Anyone who our security services assesses to be able to have certain knowledge or to participate in the demolition of our constitutional order, security conditions, is called for an interview, that person has not been arrested, none of them have been arrested," said Stefanovic. He talked to Gojgic, on RTV's latest show "The Right Angle", revealing that the Serbian information agency has called on people for an informative interrogation.
Almost a month after official Pristina “reactivated” the Management Team for the drafting of the Community of Serb Municipalities statute, this team has held today “its first meeting with legal experts in local self-government”. These experts were “delegated” by the four northern municipalities and the Faculty of Law in Kosovska Mitrovica. “At the meeting it has been agreed for the municipalities, as well as the Faculty of Law to engage their legal experts in order to provide expertise in assisting the drafting of the CSM Statute”; “in accordance with the scope and mandate, the Management Team will further consult OSCE representatives, as well as the institutions at the authorized levels in Pristina”, the Team Coordinator, Vinka Radosavljevic stated. There is currently no further information on who the “delegated legal experts” are.