Ethnic Croats in Kosovo unhappy with security
PRIŠTINA -- Ethnic Croats from Kosovo informed Croatian Parliament Speaker Luka Bebić that their survival in Kosovo was "endangered".
This was "due to great insecurity and crime which they were facing for for years", said reports.
"Don Matej Palić of the St. Nikola County and inhabitants of the Janjevo village, which houses the most numerous community of Kosovo Croats, presented a number of cases of robbery and destruction of vineyards and farmland which, as they put it, were not followed by a proper reaction from the local authorities and police," Croatian Agency HINA reported.
“The situation has aggravated so much that no whole family can go to a mass as one of the members has to stay in the house and guard it from the criminals,” said Palić, who is in charge of the county since 1991 when it had about 5,000 Croats, while today it has only 270.
Janjevo is a village located 30 kilometers from Priština with population of 3,500 including ethnic Croats and Albanians, as well as Bosniaks (Muslims) and Roma.
Apart from the security problem, Croats also highlighted the high unemployment rate, as well as the impossibility to use as much fertile land as they need.
Janjevo was populated by Croats from Dubrovnik, and the first wave of about 2,400 people left the village early in the 1990s, while the second one comprised 1,600 people who moved to Kistanje, Croatia, in 1996, HINA said.
Croatian Parliament Speaker Luka Bebić informed Janjevo Croats about the talks with top Kosovo officials who said that Croats will get the national minority status in the coming elections, and that the next step is appointment of a Croat minority representative in the Kosovo assembly.
The visit to Janjevo was the last stage of the two-day visit of the delegation of the Croatian parliament, during which it voiced "full support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Kosovo", and "called for the dialogue between Belgrade and Priština" - according to reports.
Croatia recognized the unilateral declaration of independence made by the province's ethnic Albanians in February 2008. Serbia rejected the move as an illegal act of secession.
četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 19:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
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četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 12:11 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
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četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 11:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia’s Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković says that Serbia was told it would get the candidate status if Belgrade continued its dialogue with Priština.
četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 11:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
PARIS -- France has ratified the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) which Serbia signed with all the EU member states.
četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 10:51 | Source: Beta, RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
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četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 09:52 | Source: Press | Comments: (93) | Send comment
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četvrtak 24.11.2011 | 09:18 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (4) | Send comment
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sreda 23.11.2011 | 19:46 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament finished late Tuesday a debate in principle on the proposed solutions for the bill on rehabilitation.
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BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- The Belgrade-Priština talks will continue on November 30, shortly before the European Council is scheduled to decide on Serbia’s EU candidate status.
sreda 23.11.2011 | 10:29 | Source: B92 | Comments: (121) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia must not say that it will not go to war over Kosovo, Serbia’s Interior Minister Ivica Dačić has said.
sreda 23.11.2011 | 09:41 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian government’s Media Office Chief Milivoje Mihajlović has stated that the EU should now show whether it wants Kosovo issues to be systematically solved.
sreda 23.11.2011 | 09:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
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utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:19 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
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utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
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utorak 22.11.2011 | 18:01 | Source: B92 | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Radical Party (SRS) MP Vjerica Radeta says that Serbia should "withdraw its hospitality" to the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX.
utorak 22.11.2011 | 13:51 | Source: Blic | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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utorak 22.11.2011 | 09:51 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (41) | Send comment
TREBINJE -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić says Serbia should not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo "even if this means not joining the EU".
utorak 22.11.2011 | 09:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
WARSAW -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić stated during the lecture at in Warsaw on Monday that Serbia will not bring a frozen conflict into the EU.
ponedeljak 21.11.2011 | 16:58 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
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BANATSKI DVOR -- Boris Tadić says Serbia "would not allow to find itself in a position to recognize Kosovo implicitly or explicitly" in the Kosovo dialogue that continued today.
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PRIŠTINA -- In its draft resolution on Kosovo, the European Parliament (EP) rules out any possible partition of Kosovo, said reports.
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TREBINJE -- Ivica Dačić has said that the issue of the Kosovo status was vital and therefore "dealing with it can no longer be avoided".
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KRAGUJEVAC -- Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has stated that a new condition for Serbia’s EU accession could be the country’s financial capability.
subota 19.11.2011 | 16:01 | Source: Dnevnik, Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Vojvodina Executive Council Deputy Chairman Ištvan Pastor says top officials' lack of readiness and courage have jeopardized country's EU integration process.
subota 19.11.2011 | 13:33 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ruling Democratic Party-led parliamentary group whip Nada Kolundžija stated Saturday that the DS never had and never would accept blackmail.
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subota 19.11.2011 | 12:32 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Once the EU makes its decision on Serbia's candidate status the Serbian government is planning on setting the election date, daily Večernje novosti has learned.
subota 19.11.2011 | 11:16 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Deputy PM Ivica Dačić said Friday the state policy on Kosovo "has not been compromised", despite certain disagreements within the ruling coalition.
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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.
petak 18.11.2011 | 17:15 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The deals reached in the last round of the Kosovo dialogue were criticized today by both the opposition and the ruling coalition in the Serbian parliament.
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BELGRADE -- The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) is ready to make a national strategy with the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) and Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).
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BELGRADE -- The request of some 20,000 Serbs in Kosovo to be given Russian passports is "a cry for help", says Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.
petak 18.11.2011 | 11:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission (EC) is optimistic about the continuation of the technical dialogue between Belgrade and Priština, Tanjug has learned at the EU seat.
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BERLIN -- Serbia is again heading the list of asylum seekers in Germany with 620 asylum requests in October, the German Interior Ministry stated.
petak 18.11.2011 | 09:41 | Source: Blic | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO) leader Vuk Drašković says that a death threat he received was written in Belgrade.
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BELGRADE -- Kosovo Albanian government minister Besim Beqaj has denied that he had to leave the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum because of Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković.