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The UN secretary general has told Kosovo leaders to preserve the country’s stability and solve all problems through dialogue.
At a meeting held in New York, Ban Ki-moon has told Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci that the European Union’s role in the Balkans region is essential, and its guidance should be followed.
“It is important for Kosovo to maintain stability... all issues should be solved by peaceful means. The entire region should look ahead to Euro-Atlantic integrations,” Ki-moon is quoted as saying in the press release issued after the meeting by the Kosovo side.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008. Since then 89 states, including 22 EU member states and the US, have recognized it.
Serbia and Kosovo started EU-mediated talks in Brussels in March 2011, three years after Kosovo declared independence, which Serbia refuses to recognise.
President Atifete Jahjaga accused Serbia of jeopardizing Kosovo’s security and territorial integrity by continuing to finance illegal Serb structures in the northern part of Kosovo.
She said that such security structures keep frightening the ordinary Kosovo Serbs, with whom the Albanian-led government in Pristina wants to have a dialogue.
“We are determined to continue the dialogue with the Serb citizens in this part of the country to find ways to include them in the institutional life,” she is quoted saying in the press release.
Northern Kosovo, which borders with Serbia and is ethnically predominantly Serbian, does not recognise Kosovo's independence or the government in Pristina.
Serbia’s Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Saturday that he thinks that the partition is the only real possible solution for solving Kosovo’s status issue.
But Kosovo leaders rejected such idea a long time ago, saying that the change of borders in the Balkans is a dangerous game.
Serbia’s President Tomislav Nikolic will also have a meeting on Monday with UN’s chief Ban Ki-moon, and the Kosovo talks issue is part of the agenda.
Former transport minister Fatmir Limaj and six other co-accused pleaded not guilty to charges of organized crime and other corruption-related offences, while asking the court for a “speedy trial”.
A former anaesthetist at a Kosovo clinic accused of illegal kidney-trading confirmed that transplants were carried out at the clinic, but said he was not aware it had no license.
As Brussels is unlikely to grant Serbia a start date for memberships negotiations owing to the failure of Kosovo talks, Serbia's Prime Minister has asked Russia for help.
Europe should not offer Belgrade a start date for talks until it offers its own minorities the same privileges it demands for the Serbs in Kosovo.
Marking the fifth anniversary of the adoption of its constitution, Kosovo leaders said its provisions must one day extend to the Serb-dominated north of the country.
Most Serbs want the Serb-run north of Kosovo to join Serbia, says a recent poll, which has come out after the Belgrade government rejected an EU-backed deal with Kosovo.
Kosovo’s President Atifete Jahjaga criticised MPs who staged a parliamentary debate about an ethnically-charged land dispute at the historic Serbian Orthodox monastery at Decan/Decani.
Serbia says it will seek a new round of talks with Kosovo, blaming the failure of the last round on the lack of safeguards offered to the Kosovo Serbs.
A former senior health ministry official has denied misusing his position by signing a license for a Kosovo clinic where illegal kidney-trading is alleged to have taken place in 2008.
Serbia must weigh up whether to give crucial ground on Kosovo in order to save its EU bid - as deputy premier warns of equally 'catastrophic choices' lying ahead.
Kosovo's authority will be introduced to Serb-run northern Kosovo in three stages, BIRN can reveal, as Kosovo Serb leaders warn the EU-backed plan may prompt them to emigrate.