EU, U.S.: Priština should adopt amnesty law urgently
PRIŠTINA -- International officials in Kosovo asked on Wednesday for the Kosovo parliament to urgently adopt an amnesty law.
EU high representative in Kosovo Samuel Žbogar and ambassadors of EU countries and the U.S. believe that "a speedy adoption of the law on amnesty would be the decisive step towards the normalization of the relations between Kosovo and Serbia and safe integration of all the people in Kosovo into its institutions."
The amnesty concerning economic crimes refers only to northern Kosovo, which is predominantly populated by Serbs.
This law, in its proposed form, affects a narrow area and excludes crimes that resulted in serious injuries or death, but only pardons the economic crimes that were committed in relation to the calls for resistance, a joint statement says.
The signatories of the statement commended the Kosovo government's efforts to keep within the law the elements agreed on during the talks between Belgrade and Priština, which were facilitated in Brussels by the EU.
At the same time, a petition against the amnesty law is up for signing in Priština, where the assembly is set to vote on the bill on Thursday. A committee has accepted the draft.
The petition was started by a number of non-governmental organizations.
The Self-Determination Movement is still the greatest opponent of the law, while the remaining parties in the opposition have supported its adoption in general.
The bill did not get a two-third majority on July 4.
Unlike the first draft, when the amnesty was partial, the current one gives complete amnesty to all those who committed the crimes listed in the bill.
Radio Free Europe reported earlier that "the crimes include actions against the Constitutional system, armed rebellion, undermining the territorial integrity and Constitutional system, spying, illegal border crossing, inciting national, racial and religious hatred, unrest and intolerance, destruction or damage to property, arson, illegal possession of weapons, tax evasion and smuggling."
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BANJA LUKA -- Serbia remains firmly committed to the position that the Dayton Peace Agreement is a basis for the state architecture of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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HAVANA -- Serbian Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić is in Havana, where he on Thursday met with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez.
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BELGRADE -- Nebojša Stefanović has said that SNS party leader and Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić "is the best option for the position of prime minister."
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VALJEVO -- It is still possible that during a cabinet reshuffle, the Serb Progressive Party (SNS) and the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) "would swap certain ministries."
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BELGRADE -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said in Belgrade on Tuesday Serbia's leaders had shown "vision and courage in making hard decisions."
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BELGRADE -- The DSS has asked after the authorities intended to do after the signing of a military cooperation deal between Albania and interim institutions in Kosovo.
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BRUSSELS -- PM Ivica Dačić says that "small incidents can lead to dire consequences and that we should do everything to avoid them."
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BELGRADE -- Priština's new liaison officer Valdet Sadiku will arrive in Belgrade on July 17, writes the daily Večernje Novosti.
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BRUSSELS -- Ivica Dačić said after the 13th round of dialogue with Hashim Thaci in Brussels on Monday that some progress was made, but many open issues remain.
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BELGRADE -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton will on Monday meet with top Serbian officials discuss agreements reached with Pristina and Serbia's EU progress.
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BRUSSELS -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says that the Brussels talks on Monday were "very difficult, but that certain progress has been achieved."
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BELGRADE -- Six persons have been injured during the exchange of fire on the central Serbia side of the administrative line with Kosovo on Sunday.
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JAGODINA -- "Nothing spectacular happened" at the first meeting he held with Aleksandar Vučić and Mlađan Dinkić, Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has revealed.
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BELGRADE -- "Definite steps forward" have been made in the fight against corruption in slightly less than a year that the current government has been in office.
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BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić says that "neither Serbs nor Albanians in Kosovo should be under illusions that a different solution than the Brussels agreement is possible".
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BELGRADE -- Milovan Drecun has said that "initiatives to form certain Serb institutions in Kosovo, like the provisional assembly of Kosovo, were a form of self-organizing."
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BELGRADE -- The security situation in northern Kosovo improved with the signing of the Brussels agreement, but it is still fragile, says General Ljubiša Diković.
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BELGRADE -- The head of Serbia's team for negotiations with the EU will be appointed by the end of July, together with personnel changes in the government, writes a daily.
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BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić says the government has displayed "full resolve" to battle corruption and organized crime, and that there was "zero tolerance."