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Since 1999 the international community has worked to build peace and stability in Kosovo. Kosovo coverage includes economic, political, governance and international developments within the region.

 

 

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SETimes
09-Jan-13: Serb, Kosovo leaders to address north status: As several practical issues are coming to a close between Belgrade and Pristina, the status of northern Kosovo remains an outstanding obstacle that the EU said will only be solved through the ongoing dialogue between the two countries. The EU said three dialogues are needed. "One between Pristina and Belgrade, another between Pristina authorities and the Serbs in the north, and the third between Serbs from both sides of the Ibar River," Stojan Pelko, spokesperson for the Kosovo EU office, told SETimes.
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Reuters
Jan-06-13: Serbian and Kosovo hold rare talks in Brussels: European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, who has mediated between Belgrade and Pristina, held the brief talks with Serbia's Tomislav Nikolic, once an advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo. Discussions focused on cooperation, in particular in Serb-populated northern Kosovo, a main concern for the EU.
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BBC
04-Feb-13: Kosovo violence: Children injured in Mitrovica blast: A three-year-old boy and a girl aged nine were hit in the back and head by shrapnel, said doctors.It was the third attack on the Serb side of the divided town in 24 hours. The area has seen occasional violence between Kosovo's Serbs and Albanians since the mostly Albanian territory seceded from Serbia in 2008.
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Reuters
01-Feb-13: Serbia, Kosovo presidents to hold first talks since secession: The February 6 meeting will be the first between Serbia's Tomislav Nikolic, once a firebrand advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo. The EU is pressing both sides to mend ties five years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, before the bloc moves ahead with Serbia's bid to join.
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Reuters
24-Jan-13: Kosovo delays state telecom sale for third time: A previous attempt to sell the Balkan country's most profitable company collapsed in 2011 after corruption charges were filed against a number of senior company officials. The saga has clouded Kosovo's efforts to attract foreign investors, who are often put off by its reputation for deep-rooted organised crime. "With the aim of protecting the interests of the state, and to avoid a rush that might yield low offers, we have decided to extend the bidding for another six weeks," Economy Minister Besim Beqaj told a press conference on Thursday.
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Reuters
23-Jan-13: Kosovo names envoy to Serbia under EU push to regulate ties: Serbia and its former province have agreed in EU-mediated talks to exchange liaison officers tasked with improving communication five years after Kosovo declared independence with the backing of the West. Kosovo's government said Lulzim Peci, currently Pristina's ambassador to Sweden, would become its "ambassador" to Serbia. Serbia, which does not recognize Kosovo as a state, is expected to name its envoy within days, though Belgrade insists neither representative will have diplomatic status. They will work out of the EU offices in Belgrade and Pristina.
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Reuters
22-Jan-13: Serbs must resolve Kosovo relations for EU talks in June: Mired in recession and spurred by the prospect of wartime foe Croatia joining the European Union in July, Serbia's six-month-old government says accession talks are its priority, but the West says Belgrade must first come to terms with the 2008 secession of its former Kosovo province. The past 10 days have seen some of the boldest statements to that effect by a Serbian government since NATO bombs wrested control of the majority-Albanian territory from Belgrade in 1999.
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SETimes
21-Jan-13: Kosovo looking to join the Adriatic Charter: Kosovo is increasing efforts to become a member of the US-Adriatic Charter and views membership in this organisation as an opportunity to get closer to NATO, according to experts.  Last month, the US-Adriatic Charter Partnership Commission adopted a declaration in Zagreb during its meeting of foreign ministers, opening the doors for Kosovo to become a full member.  Since then, the Kosovo government has been strengthening efforts to complete the security sector review and make its security forces fully operational by year's end, as requested by NATO.
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Reuters
18-Jan-13: Kosovo government cars torched as PM talks with Serbia: Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, held talks late into the night in Brussels, as part of an EU push to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors. The talks are highly unpopular in Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008 but is not recognized by Serbia. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority says it has nothing to discuss with former master Belgrade, which lost control over the territory in 1999 after NATO air strikes to halt a brutal Serbian counter-insurgency war. Two Kosovo government cars were torched the last time Thaci and Dacic met, on December 4. Three were burned overnight on Friday in the capital Pristina, "all within 20 minutes of each other", police spokesman Agron Borovci said.
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SETimes
15-Jan-13: Serbian parliament adopts resolution on Kosovo: The overwhelming majority of the Serbian parliament supports autonomy for Serbs in Kosovo's borders, a significant step in acknowledging the integrity of its breakaway republic four years after Kosovo declared independence. The vote in parliament on Sunday (January 13th) acknowledges that Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's independence, but is geared toward integrating Belgrade with European institutions and the EU.
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Kosovo National Integrated Border Management Strategy
National IBM Strategy for Kosovo prepared to regulate the cooperation and coordination between the Institutions/Agencies involved in border management.
Assessment of the Kosovo Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Sector
Assessment of the ICT Sector in Kosovo conducted by USAID in November 2007.
Serb Integration in Kosovo: Taking the Plunge
Discussion on the difficulty of integrating the Serb minority into Kosovo's government structures.
The State of Water in Kosovo
Report providing basic information on the state of water in Kosovo and the water sector in general.
World Human Rights Report: Serbia
Human Rights report on Serbia discussing war crimes accountability, treatment of minorities, integration of refugees and IDPs, etc. with a section specifically discussing Human Rights in Kosovo.
Blindspot: Kosovo Roma and the Decade
The experience of Roma communities after being forced to flee Kosovo and the lack of acceptance in societies they attempted to join.
North Kosovo: Dual Sovereignty in Practice
Discussion of the practice of dual sovereignty in northern Kosovo with the operation of both Kosovo government institutions and Serbian government parallel structures.
Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
Update on the Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Independence of the Judiciary in Kosovo: Institutional and Functional Dimensions
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) report on improvements in the functioning of Kosovo's judicial system as well as the need for greater judicial independence.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Kosovo: Extreme Weather Conditions
Information on ICRC DREF programmes in Kosovo in response to extreme winter conditions.
The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance
Report of the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance
Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe: Kosovo
Report on Kosovo's cultural heritage and the destruction of cultural sites and artifacts during years of conflict.
Catalogue of Advice and Assistance for Domestic Violence Victims
Resource for victims of domestic violence including definition of domestic violence and description of helpline and other resources available to victims.
DREF Operation Update: Kosovo
Update on the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) contribution in response to extreme winter weather.
KFOR Chronicle
The April edition of the KFOR Chronicle describes and depicts local events related to KFOR's work in Kosovo.
Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo
This report assesses UNMIK's engagement in Kosovo as well as Kosovo's current developments in politics, security, economy, and humanitarian issues.
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