Monday, February 12, 2007

EU offers Serbia talks, tries to ease Kosovo blow


Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik (L) talks to Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu during an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels February 12, 2007. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM)


Kosovo Albanian political activists march during the funeral of Arben Xhelidini, one of two men killed in clashes between police and ethnic Albanians, in Pristina, February 12, 2007. Kosovo's interior minister resigned on Monday over the deaths of two protesters in clashes between police and ethnic Albanians on Saturday demonstrating against a U.N. plan for the breakaway province. REUTERS/Hazir Reka (SERBIA)

Kosovo minister resigns over deadly protest
Reuters Canada, Canada - 4 hours ago
By Fatos Bytyci. PRISTINA, Serbia (Reuters) - Kosovo's interior minister resigned on Monday over the deaths of two protesters in clashes between police and ...
UN's Kosovo plan leaves both sides frustrated
MSNBC - 1 hour ago
The United Nations settlement plan for the troubled province of Kosovo gives the leaders of the ethnic Albanian majority most of what they want: a blueprint for separate statehood, even though the word "independence" goes unmentioned.
EU offers Serbia talks, tries to ease Kosovo blow
Reuters AlertNet - 2 hours ago
BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The European Union, trying to ease the blow of a UN plan that would set Kosovo on the road to statehood, offered Serbia on Monday the prospect of an early resumption of talks on EU entry if it cooperated on war crimes.
EU To Press Russia On Kosovo, Mulls Resuming Talks With Serbia
Kosovo, Serbia At Centre Of EU Foreign Ministers' Talks

Kosovo: the Balkans’ last independent state
Open Democracy - 2 hours ago
On Friday 2 February 2007, United Nations special envoy Martti Ahtisaari unveiled his plan to resolve the status of the disputed province of Kosovo, up till now internationally recognised as part of Serbia, but populated overwhelmingly by ethnic ...

EU Kosovo mission must learn from Bosnia mistakes
Reuters AlertNet - 3 hours ago
SARAJEVO, February 12 (Reuters) - The European Union must avoid a heavy-handed approach, which characterised some international operations in Bosnia, when its officials assume a supervisory role in Kosovo, a think-tank warned on Monday.
Slovenian president urges dialogue with Croatia
B92 - 7 hours ago
LJUBLJANA -- Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek has called for "serious" dialogue with the country's neighbour, Croatia. The dialogue would serve to resolve a number of disputes and prevent any further escalation of tensions, reports said Sunday.

Hübner: decentralization is crucial for Macedonia's approximation ...
Makfax - 5 hours ago
She expressed readiness to assist Macedonia in developing projects in the areas spanning infrastructure and environment protection, and later on, in novel ideas and innovations, Macedonian Foreign Ministry announced.

Conference on Practical Implementation of Ethnic Community Rights ... - 5 hours ago
A one-day conference, “Practical Implementation of Ethnic Community Rights in Macedonia”, will take place on February 26, 2007, in Skopje’s Holiday Inn Hotel.

Dnevnik: Macedonia has no plan as to how to use EUR 210
Focus News - 6 hours ago
Macedonia doesn’t have a plan yet as to how to use EUR 210 million from the new EU Instrument of Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), which will be allotted within three years, the Macedonian newspaper Dnevnik reports.
Montenegro launches big war crimes investigation - 2 hours ago
Montenegro launched its biggest war crimes investigation on Monday against 12 army reservists suspected of crimes against ethnic Albanian refugees who had fled the war in neighbouring Kosovo in 1999.
A tiny village in Serbia says it will construct a statue of the ...
BBC News - 8 hours ago
An official from Zitiste, about 55k (33 miles) north of Belgrade, said the statue of Rocky was needed to give the village a more positive image.

Immigrant Freed After Being Forced to Eat Animal Droppings in Greece
FOX News - 3 hours ago
THESSALONIKI, Greece - Police freed a Bulgarian woman who was allegedly held captive in a stable and tortured for four months by smugglers demanding she pay them $4550 as a fee for being transported into the country illegally, authorities said Monday.

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