Kosovo, Albania "connect divided nation"
PRIŠTINA -- At midday in Sunday, Albanian PM Sali Berisha and his Kosovo Albanian government counterpart Hashim Thaci opened a highway tunnel.
The 5.6-kilometer long tunnel is a part of the Durres-Kukes-Priština highway. The pair, along with other officials from Tirana and Priština, "symbolically met in the middle of the tunnel", reports said.
Albanian language media described this as a "historic meeting that signifies the connecting of a divided nation".
"Today, one of the Albanians' most beautiful dreams has become reality. This is a tunnel of the unification of the nation. Today we decided that there are no obstacles, that there is nothing that can divide us, not only spiritually, but also physically," Berisha was quoted as saying.
He also referred to the highway as the "Albanians' master piece", that will serve the well-being of the "entire region".
"We have today inaugurated a tunnel that connects not only Albanians among themselves, but Albanians with other nations of the region. Albania's seaside will serve not only to Albanians but the whole region," said Berisha.
Thaci continued to dub the road to be one of "hope and integration".
"This is a highway of hope, trust, peace, stability integrations in the whole region. It's a road of a new century," he stated, and added that the day was "great for Albanians no matter where they live".
"Tirana and Priština are closer to each other than ever before and it will remain that way. The main element of this spiritual, moral and physical closeness is Kosovo's independence," Thaci was quoted.
He was also heard saying that the road will give Kosovo "sea access" and that he expects it will "significantly influence the economic development of Albania and Kosovo", but also, "of the entire region".
The works on the highway will cost Albania one billion euros, while the job was awarded to U.S. company Bechtel-Enka.
The road is set to open in late June, and is expected to cut travel time to about three hours for those going from Priština to Durres via Tirana.
nedelja 31.05.2009 | 17:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
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ČEGAR -- PM Mirko Cvetković says that Serbia is dedicated to living in peace, cooperation and friendly relations with neighboring and other nations and states.
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BELGRADE -- The United States is aware that Serbia will never recognize Kosovo and wants stability in the region, says a British journalist.
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subota 30.05.2009 | 15:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- The EU Council of Ministers will not be taking a decision on lifting the visa regime for West Balkan states on June 15 as earlier planned, B92 understands.
subota 30.05.2009 | 11:21 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Austria supports Serbia’s EU path, Austrian Defense Minister Norbert Darabos told Serbian counterpart Dragan Šutanovac in Vienna yesterday.
subota 30.05.2009 | 10:42 | Source: FoNet, Politika | Comments: (11) | Send comment
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subota 30.05.2009 | 09:48 | Source: Beta | Comments: (25) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- VS Chief-of-Staff Miloje Miletić says it is possible for Serbia to maintain military neutrality given the current balance of geopolitical forces in the world.
petak 29.05.2009 | 17:02 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PODGORICA, BELGRADE -- Serbian and Montenegrin JMs Snežana Malović and Miraš Radović have signed a memorandum on cooperation and three other documents in Podgorica today.
petak 29.05.2009 | 16:01 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (31) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Holland’s position has not changed despite the U.S.’s assessment that Serbia is cooperating with the Hague, says the Dutch Foreign Ministry.
petak 29.05.2009 | 14:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić says that bans on Serbian officials entering Kosovo are an “illegal act.”
petak 29.05.2009 | 14:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (31) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will continue to coordinate with Serbia’s foreign policy approach and search for a lasting solution for Kosovo.
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JAGODINA -- Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović says that new elections would be "a waste of time" and that "they would not considerably alter Serbia's political map."
petak 29.05.2009 | 12:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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petak 29.05.2009 | 12:16 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković says the government is working toward EU integration, but never promised that Serbia would join the EU by the end of his mandate.
petak 29.05.2009 | 09:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PARIS -- President Boris Tadić has rounded off his visit to Paris by giving a lecture at the Institute for International Relations.
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Barack Obama has named Christopher Dell as the new American ambassador to Kosovo.
četvrtak 28.05.2009 | 13:21 | Source: Blic | Comments: (2) | Send comment
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PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo government officials were absent from a CEFTA meeting in Budva yesterday after refusing to be represented at the meeting under the name of UNMIK.
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PARIS -- French and Serbian Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Boris Tadić agreed in Paris yesterday that there must be no new conditions for Serbia's EU integration.
četvrtak 28.05.2009 | 10:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (52) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu has canceled his planned trip to Skopje after the Macedonian side altered the character of the visit, Sejdiu’s cabinet announced.
četvrtak 28.05.2009 | 09:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The agreement on a reciprocal visa-free regime between Serbia and Russia will enter force on June 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.
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GNJILANE -- The Kosovo Albanian government in Priština has prohibited Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanović and presidential advisor Mlađan Đorđevic from entry.
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PARIS -- President Boris Tadić arrived on a two-day working visit to France on Wednesday, where he will hold talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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BELGRADE -- The decision on what to build in the location where the Chinese embassy in Belgrade was destroyed in 1999 rest with the Chinese alone, writes Politika.
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BUJANOVAC -- Ethnic Albanian officials in southern Serbia have decided to continue working in the regional coordination center known as the Coordinating Body.
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BELGRADE -- According to the unofficial version of the European Commission’s report, Serbia has completed most of the needed conditions for visa liberalization.
sreda 27.05.2009 | 09:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (81) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- The opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) says it is starting a campaign to gather other opposition parties in order to push for early elections.
utorak 26.05.2009 | 16:06 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić has condemned the attacks by the Port of Belgrade's lawyers on B92, adding that the matter will be raised at Thursday’s cabinet meeting.
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BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić says that Serbia has yet to receive the European Commission's (EC) official report on Serbia’s progress towards visa liberalization.
utorak 26.05.2009 | 13:01 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić has appointed new ambassadors to South Korea, Ethiopia and Kenya, according to the latest edition of the Official Gazette.
utorak 26.05.2009 | 12:04 | Source: Beta | Comments: (31) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo President and Prime Minister Fatmir Sejdiu and Hashim Thaci have thanked the OIC member-states for their adoption of a resolution on Kosovo.
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ATHENS -- Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis says that her country will continue to support Serbia in its European integration.
utorak 26.05.2009 | 09:23 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says that Serbia’s strategic goal is EU membership and that the country will resolve all its problems peacefully using diplomatic means.
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DAMASCUS, PRIŠTINA -- The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) today in Damascus, Syria, adopted a resolution related to the Kosovo question.
ponedeljak 25.05.2009 | 16:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo’s foreign policy chief is on a visit to New York, where he will hold at least 30 meetings with representatives of states that have not recognized Kosovo.
ponedeljak 25.05.2009 | 16:02 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- After talks with the chairman of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s tripartite presidency, Nebojša Radmanović, Boris Tadić said that Serbia supported a united Bosnia.
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BELGRADE -- Lawyers for the Port of Belgrade have been sending warnings to B92 for the last two days, ahead of tonight's screening of Insider.
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BELGRADE -- The government has yet to receive the European Commission’s (EC) visa liberalization report, says European Integration Office Director Milica Delević.
ponedeljak 25.05.2009 | 11:28 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (10) | Send comment
ATHENS -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that no-one should prejudice the International Court of Justice’s decision about Kosovo’s unilateral independence declaration.
ponedeljak 25.05.2009 | 11:13 | Source: B92 | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić expects the easing of the economic crisis to be accompanied by the faster EU integration of the West Balkans, once the European elections are over.
ponedeljak 25.05.2009 | 09:30 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić has called a meeting of the National Security Council to analyze how an armed man was allowed to enter the Presidency building.