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Kosovo Serb Voters Expected to Reject Pristina Rule

Posted February 15th, 2012 at 1:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo cast ballots on the final day of a referendum on whether to recognize the country’s ethnic Albanian dominated government. The Serbian community is expected to overwhelmingly reject the Kosovo government in the two-day vote that ends Wednesday. Ethnic Serbs have ignored Pristina’s efforts to extend its authority into the northern […]

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Kosovo Serbs Hold Defiant Referendum

Posted February 14th, 2012 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo began voting Tuesday in a referendum on whether to recognize the ethnic Albanian-dominated Pristina government, which northerners have ignored since the former Serbian province declared independence in 2008. Some 35,000 voters in flashpoint Serb towns and enclaves are expected to overwhelmingly reject Pristina’s rule in the two-day vote. Election results […]

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Report: Kosovo Conflict Hinders Serbia’s EU Candidacy

Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The International Crisis Group says the ongoing conflict between Kosovo and Serbia is threatening Kosovo’s internal stability and Serbia’s efforts to join the European Union. In a report released Thursday, the Brussels-based research institution says the Kosovo government’s push to establish control of its entire territory, especially its borders with Serbia, and northern Kosovo Serbs’ […]

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Albania Condemns Call for Blockade of Serbia

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Albania’s foreign ministry has condemned calls by Kosovo hardliners for Albania to block its border with Serbia. In a statement Thursday, Albania’s foreign ministry said the proposed blockade is “extreme” and would hurt efforts to build a democratic and multi-ethnic state in Kosovo. Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci criticized the plan to blockade two border […]

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Albania Condemns Call for Blockade of Serbia

Posted January 12th, 2012 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Albania’s foreign ministry has condemned calls by Kosovo hardliners for Albania to block its border with Serbia. In a statement Thursday, Albania’s foreign ministry said the proposed blockade is “extreme” and would hurt efforts to build a democratic and multi-ethnic state in Kosovo. Leaders of the Kosovo Self-Determination Party have been urging Albania to block […]

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Freedom of Movement Begins Between Kosovo and Serbia

Posted December 26th, 2011 at 4:45 pm (UTC-5)
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For the first time since Kosovo declared its independence in 2008, its citizens are allowed to enter Serbian territory and travel freely. An accord to allow freedom of movement in Serbia to all citizens of Kosovo went into effect Monday. The agreement was reached Thursday during European Union-brokered talks between Belgrade and Pristina. Under the […]

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Germany Urges Serbia, Kosovo to Institute Joint Border Controls, Ease Tensions

Posted December 19th, 2011 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Serbia and Kosovo to reach agreement on joint border controls to help ease tensions in northern Kosovo. During a brief visit to Pristina Monday for talks with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, Mrs. Merkel made it clear that Serbia cannot be a candidate for European Union membership until it improves […]

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Russian Aid Enters North Kosovo, Ending Standoff

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 3:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Aid from Russia is finally making its way to minority Serbs in northern Kosovo, ending a tense four-day standoff. A convoy of almost 25 trucks passed through the border crossing at Jarinje Friday, escorted by European Union police. The convoy had been held up as a result of an ongoing dispute between Serbia, which has […]

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Russian Aid Enters North Kosovo, Ending Standoff

Posted December 16th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Aid from Russia is finally making its way to minority Serbs in northern Kosovo, ending a tense four-day standoff. A convoy of almost 25 trucks passed through the border crossing at Jarinje Friday, escorted by European Union police. The convoy had been held up as a result of an ongoing dispute between Serbia, which has […]

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NATO Commander Backs EU candidate Status for Serbia

Posted December 7th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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NATO’s chief says a decision by the European Union to grant candidate status to Serbia would be beneficial to regional security. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the remarks Wednesday, following a recent deal between Serbia and Kosovo to remove some of the barricades on their border. The leaders of the 27-nation EU bloc are to […]

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