Prague encouraged by Serbia vote, rethinks Kosovo
PRAGUE -- The Czech government will try to recognize Kosovo’s unilaterally proclaimed independence next week, which it failed to do on April 2.
“At one of the coming government meetings we will return to the question of Kosovo,” Czech Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vondra told daily Hospodarske Noviny.
This will be the second attempt by the Czech government to recognize the Kosovo Albanians' secession.
The next attempt could prove to be successful since Prime Minister Miroslav Topolanek’s Civic Democratic Party appears to be budging on the issue.
The president and founder of the party, Vaclav Klaus is categorically against recognizing Kosovo.
“Not even the positive result of the Serbian elections changes my stance that recognizing Kosovo will be a great mistake for the international community. However, the Czech stance can no longer change the fact that the province is independent,” said Czech Labor Minister Petr Nečas.
After failing to adopt the resolution for recognizing the Kosovo independence on April 2, the Czech government postponed the vote until after the Serbian parliamentary elections.
“The results of the Serbian elections were a pleasant surprise. That is the reason why the Democratic-Christians are thinking about allowing Kosovo to be recognized,” said Minister without Portfolio Cyril Svoboda.
The Czech National Party will decided today if it will try and block the move, since the Democratic Christian Union alone does not have enough votes in the cabinet to do so.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 17:29 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Democratic Party (DS) and its coalition partners say they have started talks on the creation of a stable government.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 17:17 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Army (VS) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Zdravko Ponoš will participate in a meeting of NATO’s military committee in Brussels tomorrow.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 16:39 | Source: FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, LJUBLJANA -- EIU foreign ministry chief Javier Solana says Brussels "wants the Serbian political parties to form a strong and stable government".
utorak 13.05.2008 | 16:03 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- United Serbia (JS) President Dragan Marković, a.k.a Palma, declared that he would vote in favor of the SAA once it makes it to parliament for ratification.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 15:03 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (36) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The scramble to put together a government coalition has started, with the DSS-NS and the Radicals (SRS) so far the only parties that officially met for talks.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 13:01 | Source: Beta, VOA | Comments: (7) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Serwer of the U.S. Institute of Peace says it is unclear how Boris Tadić and his coalition will form a pro-European government.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 11:16 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Both the DS and SRS mayoral candidates in Belgrade, Dragan Đilas and Aleksandar Vučić, are claiming victory.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 10:03 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department said Serbia’s political parties "need to take into consideration while forming a new government that Serbia’s future is in the EU".
utorak 13.05.2008 | 09:59 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Electoral Commission, RIK, late last night announced its new figures, based on 99.58 pct of counted votes from the Sunday parliamentary ballot.
utorak 13.05.2008 | 09:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Pieter Feith says the EU mission, EULEX, will begin functioning in Kosovo on June 15, when the Kosovo constitution takes effect.