Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Diplomats to Increase Pressure on Serbia to Accept Kosovo Plan

International Herald Tribune - Apr 18 1:27 AM

Serbia is the focus of intense diplomatic attention this week as senior Russian and Chinese officials visit Belgrade, the U.S. Congress debates the UN independence plan for Kosovo and European diplomats travel to Moscow.

New York Times - Apr 17 7:33 PM

Analysts say the flurry of diplomatic attention signals the beginning of the countdown to independence for Kosovo.
Hardened rubber bullets killed Kosovo protesters
Reuters AlertNet - 49 minutes ago
PRISTINA, Serbia, April 18 (Reuters) - Romanian UN police who shot dead two ethnic Albanian protesters in Kosovo in February fired rubber bullets with a use-by date of 1994, which had "probably hardened" with age, police said on Wednesday.

Kosovo: Serbian Forestry Head Arrested
Stratfor - 19 minutes ago
Security forces in Kosovo arrested the head of the Serbian state forestry management company Srbijasume on April 18. Milan Mirkovic and his two sons were arrested by military troops comprised of international elements and Albanian Kosovars accompanied ...
Kosovo: ex-employees of Ferronikeli end their protest - 32 minutes ago
Drenas, 18 April 2007 - The Council for Organizing Protests of former Ferronikeli employees has decided to bring an end to the protests held at the gates of the factory and from now on address their problems to the Kosovo Trust Agency.

Turkish Press
INSTANT VIEW - Hungary-Croatia beaten by Poland-Ukraine in EURO ... - 4 hours ago
The team beat Italy, which was a clear favourite at bookmakers with odds of 1:1.85 and Hungary together with Croatia (with odds of 1:3.25).

Military chiefs from former Balkan foes meet in Greece
International Herald Tribune - 2 hours ago
THESSALONIKI, Greece: Military chiefs from 10 countries in southeast Europe held a rare meeting Wednesday - which Greek hosts said demonstrated the success of efforts to abandon the region's legacy of conflict.

USAID, Macedonia sign project on renovation of 100 primary schools
Makfax - 58 minutes ago
Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by Patricia Rader, the USAID Mission Director, and Sulejman Rushiti, Macedonia’s Minister of Education and Science, the American people pledged to provide funds to the Ministry to upgrade primary ...

Sofia Echo - 2 hours ago
Bulgaria is the first country that recognised Macedonia’s independence under its constitutional name, Andov said as quoted by Bulgarian news agency BTA.

Council of Europe likely to approve Montenegro's accession
B92 - 3 hours ago
Holding a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, PACE welcomed the progress Montenegro has already made in many fields and the political will expressed by its authorities to pursue reforms.
Serbia says China supports it in opposition to UN Kosovo plan
International Herald Tribune - 34 minutes ago
BELGRADE, Serbia: The Serbian government said Wednesday that it had received support from a senior Chinese official for its opposition to a UN plan that would swiftly give independence to the Serbian breakaway province of Kosovo.

Middle East Times
PM says committed to Turkey’s secular system
Gulf Times - 7 hours ago
ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday that he and his ruling party were committed to Turkey’s secular system of government, dismissing the fears of many Turks that they want to boost the role of Islam.

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