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United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States – Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will lead the U.S. delegation to the High-Level Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 14-15, in Vienna, Austria. At the CND, the United States will seek increased national action to … Continue reading United States | Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison Travel to Vienna, Austria for the 62nd UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs and Pristina, Kosovo

United States | Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo

United States – On March 4, Under Secretary Hale will arrive in London where he will engage U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office Director General for Consular and Security Philip Barton, Director General for Political Affairs Richard Moore, and Deputy National Security Advisor Christian Turner on issues of mutual concern including Syria, the D.P.R.K., Iran, Venezuela, … Continue reading United States | Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale Travel to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army

PRISTINA, Kosovo — The Latest on Kosovo’s vote to create an army (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Serbia’s president has denounced the United States for its support of a Kosovo army and praised allies Russia and China for their opposition to the move. President Aleksandar Vucic addressed the nation in his typical dramatic tone, saying … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | The Latest: Serbian leader lashes out at US over Kosovo army

PRISTINA, KosovoKosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

PRISTINA, Kosovo— Lawmakers in Kosovo have agreed to consider proposed laws on transforming the country’s security forces into a regular army. The 120-seat parliament voted on Thursday to accept the government’s proposals and refer them to commissions for debate before bringing the laws to the floor for final votes. Lawmakers representing Kosovo’s Serb minority boycotted … Continue reading PRISTINA, KosovoKosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

U.S. Department of State News: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales To Travel to Bosnia, Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo

U.S. Department of State News regarding travel plans for Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, Coordinator of Counterterrorism WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of State released the following statement: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales, the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, and Kosovo October 14-20.  He will engage in bilateral discussions with his counterparts … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Ambassador Nathan A. Sales To Travel to Bosnia, Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo | Tension flares in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Tension flared in a familiar section of the Balkans as thousands of people marched Saturday in Kosovo’s capital against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia, while the Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo’s Serb-dominated north. Serbia reacted after Kosovo’s special police … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Tension flares in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia

PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo: Possible land swap with Serbia sparks protest

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Tension flared in a familiar section of the Balkans as thousands of people marched Saturday in Kosovo’s capital against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia, while the Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo’s Serb-dominated north. Serbia reacted after Kosovo’s special police … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo: Possible land swap with Serbia sparks protest

BRUSSELS | Germany, some EU partners oppose Serbia-Kosovo land swap

BRUSSELS — Germany and some of its European Union partners say they fear that a possible land-swap between Serbia and Kosovo could open up old wounds in the Balkans rather than resolve their differences. NATO intervened in 1999 to stop a bloody Serb crackdown on Albanian separatists in Kosovo. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Germany, some EU partners oppose Serbia-Kosovo land swap

U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Pete Marocco Travels to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: Marocco will return to the Western Balkans July 6-18 to demonstrate CSO’s continued engagement in the region as a top priority.  He will discuss regional initiatives to counter violent extremism and efforts to strengthen inter-religious dialogue in the Western Balkans and lend high-level diplomatic … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations Pete Marocco Travels to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Macedonia

Ombudsman: Kosovo must legalize Serbia’s displaced Albanians

PRISTINA, Kosovo /March 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Kosovo‘s ombudsman has urged the government to issue residence papers for ethnic Albanians who have been displaced from neighboring Serbia for “security, social or economic reasons.” A report from the people’s advocate said Friday that since 2001, some 3,500 ethnic Albanians from Presevo, Medveda and Bujanovac in southern … Continue reading Ombudsman: Kosovo must legalize Serbia’s displaced Albanians

Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

PRISTINA, Kosovo/February 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities that started Saturday amid reminders of the obstacles to the country’s full acceptance. President Hashim Thaci said during a panel at the Munich Security Conference that his country’s decade-long history was “a story of success,” but he … Continue reading Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

Students celebrate 1st child born in an independent Kosovo

LIPJAN, Kosovo/February 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —All the students in a tiny village in Kosovo have gathered to celebrate a very special day for Pavaresia Sopi — a 10th birthday with deep significance for her whole Balkan nation. Pavaresia, whose name means “independence” in Albanian, was the first baby born in an independent Kosovo, 15 minutes … Continue reading Students celebrate 1st child born in an independent Kosovo

Serbian president visits Kosovo after politician’s slaying

  MITROVICA, Kosovo/January 20, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Serbia’s president on Saturday pledged to help build a lasting peace in Kosovo days after the killing this week of a moderate Kosovo Serb politician fueled fears of instability in the Balkans. Amid tight security, Aleksandar Vucic arrived for a two-day visit that officials said was designed to ease concerns … Continue reading Serbian president visits Kosovo after politician’s slaying

US presses Kosovo against amending war crimes court law

PRISTINA, Kosovo/January 17, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The U.S. ambassador to Kosovo says the country still needs an outside mechanism like the special war crimes court as its justice system is not yet capable of handling high-case profiles and witnesses are too subject to intimidation. Ambassador Greg Delawie on Wednesday was urging parliament not to pass an initiative … Continue reading US presses Kosovo against amending war crimes court law

Serb leader’s death in Kosovo raises Balkan region tensions

MITROVICA, Kosovo /January 16, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — A leading Serb politician was shot to death Tuesday near his political party’s offices in northern Kosovo, an attack that raised ethnic tensions in the Balkans and prompted the suspension of EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia. Unknown assailants opened fire on Oliver Ivanovic, 64, in the Serb-controlled northern city … Continue reading Serb leader’s death in Kosovo raises Balkan region tensions

The Latest: EU foreign chief calls Kosovo, Serb leaders

MITROVICA, Kosovo/January 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The European Union’s foreign policy chief has called the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo to express the EU’s condemnation of the killing of Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic and make an appeal for calm. The morning shooting … Continue reading The Latest: EU foreign chief calls Kosovo, Serb leaders

Leading Kosovo Serb politician shot and killed in Mitrovica

MITROVICA, Kosovo/January 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo was shot and killed Tuesday morning, raising ethnic tensions in the region and halting EU-mediated talks between Kosovo and Serbia on the day they were due to resume. Assailants opened fire on Oliver Ivanovic close to the offices of his political party in the Serb-controlled … Continue reading Leading Kosovo Serb politician shot and killed in Mitrovica

The Latest: Kosovo president condemns Serb leader’s shooting

MITROVICA, Kosovo/January 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has strongly denounced the killing of a Serb political leader in the northern city of Mitrovica. Oliver Ivanovic, leader of the Citizens’ Initiative Freedom, Democracy, Justice party was shot dead Tuesday morning … Continue reading The Latest: Kosovo president condemns Serb leader’s shooting

The Latest: Leading Serb politician in Kosovo shot to death

MITROVICA, Kosovo/January 16, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the shooting of a Serb politician in Kosovo (all times local): 10:20 a.m. The lawyer for leading Serb politician in northern Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic says he has been shot dead. “Unfortunately, I wish it weren’t true, but doctors declared Oliver dead at 9:30 this morning,” Nebojsa Vlajic, Ivanovic’s lawyer … Continue reading The Latest: Leading Serb politician in Kosovo shot to death

US urges caution, warns of possible terror attacks in Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo /January 14, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The United States is warning its citizens to “exercise increased caution in Kosovo due to terrorism” and listed some areas Washington thinks are at increased risk. The State Department warning issued Friday said that “terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in the Balkans region, including Kosovo.” It also advises that … Continue reading US urges caution, warns of possible terror attacks in Kosovo

Macedonia’s Zaev set to warm up ties with Greece, Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo /December 12, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Macedonia’s prime minister reiterated his will on Tuesday to reach a solution with Greece following more than two decades of disputes over his country’s name. Zoran Zaev said Macedonian and Greek officials were working “to reconfirm their will of resuming essential talks …  to reach a solution.” Zaev, … Continue reading Macedonia’s Zaev set to warm up ties with Greece, Kosovo