Thaci: West will recognize Kosovo independence
PRIŠTINA -- Hashim Thaci says the Western powers had promised to recognize the independence of Kosovo in December.
"Based on meetings I had with world leaders, I can confirm that it is only a question of when independence will be recognized," he told Reuters news agency Monday, Tanjug reported.
"We have assurances that the independence of Kosovo will be recognized internationally," said the former KLA leader, whose Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) is considered to be the favorite to win the elections scheduled for November 17.
Thaci announced that Priština would unilaterally declare independence "shortly" after December 10, the timeframe within which international mediators are to submit a report on the negotiations to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
Meanwhile, polls continue to suggest PDK is poised to win the parliamentary vote in the province.
However, Kosovo public opinion surveys suggest Thaci's party will not have enough seats in the provincial assembly to independently form government.
Analysts in Priština believe that the main reasons behind the ruling coalition's apparent imminent loss of power lie in its inability to tackle social issues such as unemployment, but also that of the Kosovo status.
Late Ibrahim Rugova's Democratic Alliance of Kosovo (LDK) will come in second, according to the same polls.
Shenti Krasniqi, owner of Index Kosova agency, told B92 that this demonstrated a time for internal changes in Kosovo politics has come.
"I guess the time for changes has come, because the ruling coalition has not delivered on much of what they promised to do, while many ministers and other officials have been compromised," he said.
"Voters apparently expect PDK and LDK to form an alliance, and believe that if this comes to pass, the status problem will be solved," Krasniqi added.
The LDK is led by Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu.
26 lists have registered for the parliamentary elections next weekend, 11 ethnic Albanian, seven Serb, two Ashkali, Bosniak, and one Gorani, Turkish, Egyptian and Roma each, while as many as 50 have entered the local ballot.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 16:30 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) says a new international mission in Kosovo is unacceptable to Serbia.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 13:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
JAGODINA -- Ivica Dačić says Serbia should recognize the Republic of Srpska as an independent state if Kosovo opts for unilateral moves.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 13:58 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The chair of the Russian Duma foreign policy committee says Kosovo negotiations should be prolonged after December 10.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 11:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (51) | Send comment
DALLAS -- Condoleezza Rice looked at the Balkans in an interview with the Dallas Morning News over the weekend.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 11:06 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
TALLINN -- Serbia's aim to become EU candidate by 2008 is ambitious but attainable, Olli Rehn says.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 09:42 | Source: B92 | Comments: (25) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vuk Jeremić says that Belgrade is showing how essential autonomy can be implemented with the Hong Kong model.
ponedeljak 12.11.2007 | 09:24 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A union official says that the Judiciary Union is likely to stop work completely soon.
nedelja 11.11.2007 | 13:57 | Comments: (6) | Send comment
ČAČAK -- Velimir Ilić's claim that a journalist who criticized him was "sexually abusing animals" is without confirmation.
nedelja 11.11.2007 | 13:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that "respect for European values may lead to a compromise over Kosovo."
nedelja 11.11.2007 | 13:31 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- A prominent NGO sector figure says Serbia's elites do not realize most citizens want the country to join the EU.
nedelja 11.11.2007 | 12:00 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE, SARAJEVO -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić said Saturday he expects Serbia will be able to sign the SAA with the EU in late January.
nedelja 11.11.2007 | 11:32 | Source: Beta | Comments: (19) | Send comment
HONG KONG -- Belgrade's latest initiative in the Kosovo status talks has been explained by the Serbian ambassador to Beijing.
subota 10.11.2007 | 19:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- Security is good in Kosovo at this point, KFOR commander, French General Xavier de Marnhac told Radio Gračanica Saturday.
subota 10.11.2007 | 16:53 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Government members have spent the day explaining to citizens the benefits of European integration.
subota 10.11.2007 | 16:29 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- The authorities have increased their activities linked to the security situation around the Novi Pazar municipality.
subota 10.11.2007 | 15:54 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Igman Initiative, a movement of over 100 NGOs from the region, will hold their 17th meeting tomorrow.
subota 10.11.2007 | 12:56 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Minister without Portfolio Dragan Đilas expects presidential and provincial elections to be held together in January.
subota 10.11.2007 | 10:52 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Everyone hopes for a Kosovo agreement, and Germany wants to do everything it can to help, says the German ambassador to Serbia.
petak 9.11.2007 | 19:19 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
ATHENS -- Athens backs a united European Union stand on Kosovo, Foreign Ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said Friday.
petak 9.11.2007 | 18:22 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA, BELGRADE -- Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern was in Priština Friday for meetings with local and international officials.
petak 9.11.2007 | 17:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Slobodan Samardžić said Friday that Belgrade cannot recommend that Kosovo Serbs to take part in elections there.
petak 9.11.2007 | 15:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament has completed its debate on the Law on the Constitutional Court, and who should be appointed to serve in it.
petak 9.11.2007 | 12:42 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Olli Rehn says Serbia could realize the necessary steps in 2008 and adopt the laws for further integration into the EU.
petak 9.11.2007 | 11:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Mlađan Dinkić feels Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica is ready to support Boris Tadić at the presidential elections.
petak 9.11.2007 | 10:28 | Source: Beta | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BERLIN -- Frank-Walter Steinmeier says a negotiated solution for Kosovo’s status is still a possibility.
petak 9.11.2007 | 10:04 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- CoE General Secretary Terry Davis has praised Serbia’s six-month presidency of the organization's Committee of Ministers.
petak 9.11.2007 | 09:24 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Following the public dispute over Delta, President Boris Tadić has told B92 that no individual can be above the law.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 20:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ŠABAC -- Serbian and Hungarian armies organized a joint exercise today in western Serbia.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 20:12 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (46) | Send comment
BELGRADE, KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Aleksandr Alekseyev says that Serbia’s proposal of the Hong Kong principle for Kosovo "opens new possibilities".
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 20:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
MOSCOW, VIENNA -- Russian and U.S. stands on the future status of Kosovo are not moving any closer, a Russian official says.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 18:55 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Milka Forcan has officially resigned from the Council for Promotion of Serbia Thursday.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 16:04 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government has forwarded a proposed Law on the President to parliament for urgent adoption.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 15:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica says Serbia has taken the initiative in the Kosovo talks.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 13:15 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- Josep Lloveras says that Belgrade must close the Hague question in order to accelerate necessary reforms.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 11:03 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- U.S. and French Presidents George Bush and Nicolas Sarkozy discussed Kosovo during their last meeting.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 11:02 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
KRUŠEVAC -- A fight broke out last night between Kruševac DS and SPS officials in front of Ribarska Banja Special Hospital.
četvrtak 8.11.2007 | 10:54 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC, SKOPLJE -- Serbian security forces will increase their presence in areas near the Macedonian border in the south.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 18:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- International forces in Kosovo must prepare for any outcome of the status talks, UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker says.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 17:47 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE, NOVI PAZAR -- Six students in a Novi Pazar medrasa, an Islamic religious school, have been expelled, Beta news agency reports.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 15:59 | Source: FoNet, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Balkan interior ministers met today in Belgrade to discuss joint cooperation in combating organized crime.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 15:43 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament has ratified treaties with the EU on visa relaxations and readmission in Belgrade Wednesday.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 15:28 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU and Serbia have initialed the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA).
sreda 7.11.2007 | 13:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo PM Agim Ceku is the most popular politician in the province, followed by President Fatmir Sejdiu.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 13:03 | Source: FoNet, DPA | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BANJA LUKA -- Olli Rehn has urged Serbian politicians to refrain from comparing the Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina situations.
sreda 7.11.2007 | 12:00 | Source: Beta | Comments: (38) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A former foreign minister says Serbia’s Hong Kong proposal for Kosovo is designed with future generations in mind.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 16:31 | Source: AFP | Comments: (12) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari called on Monday for patience over the Kosovo status problem.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 16:20 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- The war of words between two Islamic communities in Serbia has continued over a mosque in Novi Pazar.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 16:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BERLIN -- The German government still hopes for a negotiated solution to the Kosovo status talks, officials said Tuesday.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 15:45 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU and Serbia will tomorrow initial the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA), says Olli Rehn.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 14:01 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PRAGUE -- The Czech KFOR battalion claims that it was under surveillance last year, according to the Czech Information Service.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 11:07 | Source: B92 | Comments: (26) | Send comment
VIENNA, BELGRADE -- The main theme of yesterday’s Belgrade-Priština talks was a proposal for Kosovo’s future status based on the Hong Kong model.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 10:34 | Source: Beta | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission (EC) says that the Kosovo government has completed many of its most important tasks.
utorak 6.11.2007 | 09:27 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Srđan Bogosavljević says that it has yet to be agreed what voting system to apply to local elections.