Northern Kosovo "could declare independence"
BELGRADE -- Oliver Ivanović says he does not rule out the possibility that Serbs from northern Kosovo may "declare independence" of that part of the province.
Oliver Ivanović (Beta, file)
This could happen if the West continues to insist on the implementation of the agreement on customs stamps and other issues in Priština's favor, the Ministry for Kosovo state secretary said in Belgrade on Friday, after a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kosovo and Metohija.
Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo unilaterally declared independence in early 2008, but Serbia rejected it as an illegal act of secession. Serb north of the Ibar River in the province itself, who form a majority population there, also reject the proclamation, and the authority of the Kosovo Albanian government in Priština.
Now Ivanović told Radio Serbia International that a Serb move to "declare independence" would not be a good idea, "as it would have no particular positive effects".
However, the possibility has not been ruled out, because, as he said, Serbs in Kosovo were "carefully monitoring the moves of their neighbors (ethnic) Albanians".
In view of the announcements of the Serbs from northern Kosovo that they will not support the agreement with Priština on customs stamps which implies the deployment of Kosovo customs officers at the administrative lines, and in view of their request to reexamine further participation of Belgrade in the dialogue with Priština, Ivanović said there is no doubt that everyone has their own approach, noting, however, that "more transparency" was necessary.
"I am firmly convinced that Kosovo Serbs should be a part of the agreement from the very beginning, when different options are formed ahead of entering negotiations, simply because Serbs, especially those in the north, will be a part of the process of implementation of agreements potentially reached in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue," Ivanović underlined.
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BELGRADE -- Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) MPs left the parliament session Thursday and requested from MPs to vote on Diaspora and Religion Minister Srđan Srećković’s work.
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BELGRADE -- Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić has announced a lawsuit against Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 15:36 | Source: Tanjug, ITAR-TASS | Comments: (36) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- Russia's FM Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that he "understands perfectly the motives" of those Kosovo Serbs who applied for Russian citizenship.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 12:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
ISTANBUL -- Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković on Thursday refused to take part in the forum on account of the presence of Kosovo Economic Development Minister Besim Bekaj.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 11:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) leader Vojislav Koštunica has requested a public debate on the EU and Serbia’s membership in it.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 11:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (50) | Send comment
LONDON -- Serbian President Boris Tadić reaffirmed in London that Belgrade wanted a functional solution to the Kosovo problem as soon as possible.
četvrtak 17.11.2011 | 09:18 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 21:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of Belgrade's negotiating team Priština Borislav Stefanović said late on Wednesday that the Kosovo dialogue in Brussels would continue on Monday, Nov. 21.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 20:21 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 18:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 15:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 14:15 | Source: Beta, Interfax | Comments: (35) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 13:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
The withdrawal of the draft declaration on Kosovo is the first big success of the Liberal Democratic Party's latest campaign, LDP leader Čedomir Jovanović says.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 12:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (28) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- A hearing on the situation in the Balkans held Tuesday in the U.S. Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs included different views on the Kosovo crisis.
sreda 16.11.2011 | 10:47 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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sreda 16.11.2011 | 09:19 | Source: Radio Free Europe | Comments: (21) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo assembly Speaker Jakup Krasniqi has said that it is necessary for Kosovo and Serbia’s borders to be mutually recognized.
utorak 15.11.2011 | 20:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PARIS -- French FM Alain Juppe said in Paris that France supports the granting of candidate status to Serbia for membership in the EU.
utorak 15.11.2011 | 16:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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utorak 15.11.2011 | 13:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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utorak 15.11.2011 | 12:55 | Source: B92 | Comments: (8) | Send comment
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utorak 15.11.2011 | 09:50 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (7) | Send comment
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utorak 15.11.2011 | 09:35 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade negotiator Borislav Stefanović invited municipal presidents from northern Kosovo-Metohija for talks, which will take place in Belgrade on Wednesday.
utorak 15.11.2011 | 09:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (24) | Send comment
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Monday in Brussels that the continuation of the Kosovo dialog was expected "very soon".
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 17:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (37) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Media in Serbia are this morning quoting messages that the Belgrade negotiator in the Kosovo dialogue posted on his profile on a social networking website.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 17:22 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The opposition Serb Radicals (SRS) have asked the state prosecution to initiate criminal proceedings against President Boris Tadić and PM Mirko Cvetković.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 16:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of the ruling DS-led coalition parliament group Nada Kolundžija on Monday addressed the issue of a planned parliamentary resolution on Kosovo.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 16:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović says she does not expect to receive the draft declaration on Kosovo from the government in the coming hours or days.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 12:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo Albanian authorities intend to spend half a million dollars on a lobbying campaign aimed at increasing the number of states which recognize Kosovo.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 10:31 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian anti-corruption prosecutors have filed a total of 6,542 charges against people suspected of various corruption practices over the past three years.
ponedeljak 14.11.2011 | 09:48 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) party is threatening to expel one of its deputy leader and the diaspora minister in the current government, Srđan Srećković.
nedelja 13.11.2011 | 16:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Justice Minister Snežana Malović has said that the current government is the first one since 1998 which managed to “survive” the entire mandate.
nedelja 13.11.2011 | 14:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
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nedelja 13.11.2011 | 14:18 | Source: Press | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Youth and Sports Minister Snežana Samardžić Marković says United Regions of Serbia (URS) leader Mlađan Dinkić would make an ideal candidate for prime minister.
nedelja 13.11.2011 | 12:55 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Draft declaration on Kosovo has not been submitted to parliament, Serbian parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović told B92.
nedelja 13.11.2011 | 12:53 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
KOSTOLAC -- Serbian Deputy PM Ivica Dačić says the declaration on Kosovo should reflect Serbia’s determination to continue to protect national interests and EU integration.
nedelja 13.11.2011 | 11:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović said on Saturday that a solution to the Brnjak and Jarinje administrative crossings was close.
subota 12.11.2011 | 16:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Democratic Party (DS) deputy leader Jelena Trivan says that not a single serious state would change its national goals and strategy ahead of every election.
subota 12.11.2011 | 16:12 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) held a rally in Belgrade on Saturday and presented its “team for Belgrade”.
subota 12.11.2011 | 14:57 | Source: Beta | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s President Boris Tadić will meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Belgrade, the president’s cabinet has confirmed.
subota 12.11.2011 | 14:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Belgrade and Priština have reached an agreement on a joint, integrated control of the administrative line, Priština-based daily Koha Ditore writes.
subota 12.11.2011 | 13:28 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (39) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Former coordinator of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe Erhard Busek has said that partition of Kosovo should be discussed away from the public eye.
subota 12.11.2011 | 12:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Hague Tribunal President Patrick Robinson Friday presented the 18th annual report to the UN General Assembly.
subota 12.11.2011 | 11:46 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government did not manage to agree on the final draft declaration on Kosovo on Friday, B92 has learned.