"Progress in Kosovo in 2013, consolidation to follow"
NEW YORK -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's latest Kosovo report says that in 2014, "efforts must continue to consolidate the critical achievements of the past year."
Those achievements concern the dialogue and along the path toward regional reconciliation, stability and prosperity, he wrote.
In the regular three-month report, which Tanjug has seen, Ban said that the year 2013 was a year of significant progress in the political aspect which culminated with the agreement signed under the EU auspices in Brussels on April 29.
He said that both sides have made progress in approaching the EU and welcomed the decision of the European Council to launch the accession negotiations with Serbia and support to the talks on a Stabilization and Association Agreement with Kosovo.
The talks between Belgrade and Priština were instrumental to this success and will remain important for ensuring that the progress achieved withstands challenges arising from differences of interpretation or tensions on the ground, Ban said.
He said that the local elections in Kosovo, including the north, were successful, stressing that this has opened space for new political dynamics within Kosovo and leads to full implementation of the Brussels agreements and well as the beginning of a new phase of engagement between the parties toward full implementation of the 19 April agreement and establishment of the community of Serb municipalities.
He called on the international community to continue to encourage and actively support the dialogue process and assist the newly elected local municipal assemblies and leaders, including in northern Kosovo.
The substantial progress achieved in the transition of the police structures in northern Kosovo should be matched by early progress on the related issue of judiciary and other rule of law areas, the UN secretary general said and called upon all sides to sustain maximum flexibility and mutual accommodation in their approach to further implementation.
As for the security situation in Kosovo, Ban said that the overall security situation throughout Kosovo remained generally calm during the reporting period although some tensions flared in the pre-election and election periods.
The report states that according to the UN data as of January 15 2014, a total of 1,721 persons remain listed as missing from the Kosovo conflict (1998-1999).
UNHCR has recorded a total of 2,660 cases of forced individual repatriations, mostly from European countries, during 2013.
February 4, 2014 | 17:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić received on Tuesday the letter of credence of newly-appointed Macedonian Ambassador in Belgrade Vera Jovanovska Tipko.
February 4, 2014 | 15:20 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Officials of the ruling Serb Progressive Party (SNS) on Tuesday submitted its list of candidates for members of Serbia's next parliament.
February 4, 2014 | 13:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Andreas Melzer expects that Serbia "will continue making great efforts but that the Kosovo issue will remain a stumbling block on its EU path."
February 4, 2014 | 12:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The DSS program and principles are more important than being in power, Vladeta Janković has told B92, explaining the party's decision to go to the polls alone.
February 4, 2014 | 10:57 | Source: Danas, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) leader and outgoing PM Ivica Dačić has said the SPS believes "Serbia had more important things to do than go for an election."
February 4, 2014 | 10:18 | Source: Beta, Blic | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition DS leader Dragan Đilas has said that he will head the election list in the March 16 polls that will be "a voice against the regime led by the SNS."
February 3, 2014 | 16:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Leaders of the Socialist Party(SPS), the United Pensioners (PUPS) and United Serbia (JS) signed on Monday in Belgrade a coalition agreement.
February 3, 2014 | 16:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Outgoing Serbian PM Ivica Dačić said on Monday that he will take part in the UN Security Council session on Kosovo on February 10.
February 3, 2014 | 14:38 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić will on Thursday, February 6, travel to Sochi in the Russian Federation where he will attend the opening of the Winter Olympic Games.
February 3, 2014 | 13:09 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that relations between Serbia and Russia reached the level of a strategic partnership.
February 3, 2014 | 12:15 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
MUNICH -- Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci said in Munich on Sunday that they are willing to continue the dialogue on normalization of relations.
February 3, 2014 | 10:44 | Source: B92, Tanjug, Prva TV | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić, who last Thursday left the Democratic Party, has said that he decided to take part in early parliamentary elections on March 16.
February 3, 2014 | 09:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
MUNICH -- There will be no halt in negotiations between Belgrade and Priština in Brussels, Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said at the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.
January 31, 2014 | 16:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- EU High Representative Catherine Ashton has received a letter sent by Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, her spokesperson has said.
January 31, 2014 | 15:09 | Source: B92, Beta, Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A day after former Serbian President Boris Tadić revealed that he had left the Democratic Party (DS), three more officials have done the same.
January 31, 2014 | 14:42 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The government press office announced on Friday that Prime Minister Ivica Dačić will attend the Security Conference in Munich, Germany.
January 31, 2014 | 12:05 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- So far there are several candidates for the next Belgrade mayor, writes the daily Blic, and mentions Dragan Đilas, Zorana Mihajlović, and Aleksandar Antić.
January 31, 2014 | 10:40 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (14) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- A protest was staged at the central square in Kosovska Mitrovica on Thursday calling on EULEX and the authorities in Priština to release Oliver Ivanović.
January 31, 2014 | 09:51 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Boris Tadić says that he resigned as honorary president of the DS and left the party because "differences between its plans and his ambitions" emerged.