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sir Ivor Roberts: RS se ne može odcijepiti od BiH, ne obnavljate tužbu protiv Srbije

Historic deal between Belgrade and Pristina key Balkans event of 2013

Serbia and Kosovo PM's with EU Commissioner Baroness Ashton
Serbia and Kosovo PM’s with EU Foreign Affairs Chief Baroness Ashton

One of the most important political events in Balkans this past year was Serbia and Kosovo tentative deal to normalise relations. In late April and with help and sponsorship from EU Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton both agree not to block each other’s bids to join international organisations. Belgrade-Pristina agreement is crucial historical moment through which both sides are showing willingness to resolve remaining issues through diplomacy and talks. Last time open issues were resolved through military action. In 1999 Serbia’s leader was Slobodan Milošević former boss to today’s PM Dačić, and Kosovo’s PM Thaci was commander of Kosovo Liberation Army.  Continue reading “Historic deal between Belgrade and Pristina key Balkans event of 2013”

Serbia and Kosovo will recognize each other, PM Thaci

Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci believes that sometimes in future Kosovo and Serbia will recognize each other and will be able to continue their integration to EU and NATO. In his interview to Bosnian national TV and Interview 20 show PM Thaci said recognition will come as natural move once when relations are stabilized and set in proper framework which is now negotiated will Belgrade. He is a optimist that final status agreement and stabilization will be reached in the future despite opposition on both sides. Kosovo leader also said that Serbian politicians and officials are welcome to visit Kosovo but they’ll need to respect its independence and abstain from any interfering in any domestic issues. Continue reading “Serbia and Kosovo will recognize each other, PM Thaci”

Kosovo elections: Good for Pristina, bad for Serbs on North

Krstimir Pantić (Photo: Screenshot)
Krstimir Pantić (Photo: Screenshot)

Kosovo Municipal elections, first ever held on its entire territory since its independence from Serbia and Brussels agreement, had been almost very good for the government in Pristina but very bad for Serbian population at the Kosovo north. Central Election Commission reported in early Monday hours that just above 47% eligible voters exercised their rights, these doesn’t include numbers from the North were election process was abruptly stopped following brutal incidents. Continue reading “Kosovo elections: Good for Pristina, bad for Serbs on North”

Balkan – Turkey trilateral on hold due to Erdogan statements in Kosovo

trilateralaSerbian President Tomislav Nikolić decided to freeze his attendance on trilateral meetings between Serbia, Bosnia and Turkey. Main reason for his decision not to attend any future meetings between leaders of three countries is Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his recent visit to the city of Prizren in Kosovo. According to media reports PM Erdogan said “Kosovo is Turkey, Turkey is Kosovo”.  Continue reading “Balkan – Turkey trilateral on hold due to Erdogan statements in Kosovo”

Putin continues fight against the West and the rest

Vladimir Putin, supreme Russian leader (Photo: Flickr)
Vladimir Putin, supreme Russian leader (Photo: Flickr)

In her last year book on Russian President Vladimir Putin, journalist Masha Gessen, wrote an exceptional description of this former KGB agent turned supreme leader of the Russian Federation over the last almost 15 years. She writes:

“Putin loved the Soviet Union, and he loved its KGB, and when he had power of his own, effectively running the financial system of the country’s second-largest city, he wanted to build a system just like them. It would be a closed system built on total control – especially control over the flow of information and the flow of money.” 

Kosovo, Ignatieff and Canada

Enver Hoxhaj (Photo: Flickr)

Two years ago Michael Ignatieff was written off by Canadian voters after Stephen Harper Conservatives branded him as a “just visiting” dilettante. Not long after that Ignatieff resigned Liberal Party leadership and left a world of politics to return to his old passion of academia where he successfully operated for several decades. Since then Canadian public didn’t heard much from Prof. Ignatieff, but his international stature brought him praise from Kosovo’s Foreign Affair Minister Enver Hoxhaj during recent visit to Ottawa and meeting with John Baird one of Ignatieff biggest political foes ever.  Continue reading “Kosovo, Ignatieff and Canada”

EU: Collector of bad and worse, now adding Croatia

Josipovic and Van Rompuy
Josipovic and Van Rompuy

On Monday, when Canadians will celebrate another Confederation birthday, largest European political, economical and population Union will officially welcome another 28th member. Slovenia as first of the ex-Yugoslavian countries will be joined by Croatia in the exclusive European club as full member with all rights and responsibilities. In days when Croatia is celebrating success, after a decade of negotiations with EU, another Balkans country got a green light to start accession talks, and its first neighbor got a yellow light to get ready for same. Serbia will start their negotiations process sometimes in January of 2014, Kosovo will follow upon fulfilling first round of requirements for the accession negotiations. Continue reading “EU: Collector of bad and worse, now adding Croatia”

Srbija otvorila vrata EU, BiH ostaje sama

Dacic-AshtonSrbija je u petak nakon potpisivanja sporazuma s Kosovom sebi konačno otvorila vrata za početak pregovora sa EU, time je napravljen korak koji će im pomoći da ubrzaju svoje integracije i da poboljšaju svoje ukupno stanje. Kosovo je time dobilo veliku prednost kada je u pitanju njihovo nastojanje da se jednog dana i samo nađe u EU, te da konačno počne misliti na poboljšanje stanja svojih građana. Continue reading “Srbija otvorila vrata EU, BiH ostaje sama”

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