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Kosovo militarizes over guardian NATO's objection

NATO has been a protector and supporter of Kosovo ever since it emerged from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Now Kosovo's parliament has voted to form it's first army, and it puts NATO's peacekeepers there in a difficult position.


Serbian president issues veiled threat over Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A U.S. call for the withdrawal of a UN peacekeeping mission from Kosovo would leave Serbia no choice but to "protect" its people in the former Serbian province, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said Wednesday.


Serb official denounces US ambassador over Kosovo

Earlier Monday, Scott said in response to a Serbian journalist's question at an economic meeting, "We recognize Kosovo as an independent and sovereign country."


US asks UN to prepare exit from Kosovo

The United States has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to come up with an exit strategy for the UN's mission in Kosovo after a nearly two-decade presence there.US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that UNMIK, as the mission is known, remains "unchanged" even though it "has long fu


Kosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci withdrew the same proposals late last year following pressure from NATO and the United States. And in Belgrade, the chief government negotiator in EU-mediated talks with Kosovo Marko Djuric, warned of "unforeseeable consequences" for regional security and urged internat


World Bank won't support Kosovo coal power plant project

The World Bank would not support a planned 500-megawatt (Mw) power plant in Kosovo, the Balkan country's first major energy project in more than two decades, because it would use coal rather than cheaper renewable fuels. Kosovo's government had asked the Washington-based lender to provide partial ri


US Ambassador Kyle Scott: Kosovo is a sovereign country - Serbian Monitor

The US Ambassador to Serbia, Kyle Scott said that the Kosovo government should not be referred to as “the so-called Kosovo government”, because Kosovo was an independent and sovereign country, with its elected representatives.Scott responded in this manner while answering a journalist’s question if


Kosovo moves to create an army, Serbia warns of 'threat to peace'

Kosovo on Thursday took the first steps towards creating its own army, ten years after it declared independence, despite fierce opposition from the ethnic Serb minority and Serbia itself which called the move "a threat to peace".


Kosovo planning for bright future

Fast forward to autumn 2018, and Kosovo have themselves a number of ambitious targets and seem firmly on the path to success. Yes, they endured a difficult qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, amassing a single point (against Finland) in ten games, but that was to be expected, given the


Kosovo had their second ever pride parade

Last Wednesday, October 10, Kosovo had it’s second historicalPride Parade. It went through central Pristina between two main squares and was followed by music and entertainment. Supporters held rainbow flags and banners with phrases such as “In the Name of freedom. Pride Parade.”


Kosovo to set up national army

ReutersPRISTINA (Reuters) — Parliament in Kosovo, which relies on NATO troops for its protection, voted on Thursday to set up a 5,000-strong national army, though its Serb minority said the move was illegal.


Kosovo, Serbia Condemn Attack on Serb Pilgrims

“The violation of this right is an unacceptable act,” Thaci wrote on Facebook, calling on the police authorities to being the perpetrators to justice.

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UNDP in Kosovo has been active in Small Arms Light Weapons (SALW) Control since 2008 through various projects. The support was initiated through the Kosovo Small Arms Control Initiative (KOSSAC) that was initially designed to reduce armed violence in Kosovo and increase community safety. It evolved


Serbia opposes establishment of Kosovo army: president

Vucic and Palmer expressed totally different views on the issue, one day after Pristina's parliament voted for the establishment of a national army, despite fierce opposition from the ethnic Serb minority.


Kosovo votes to create national army over Serb objections

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Parliament in Kosovo, which relies on NATO troops for its protection, voted on Thursday to set up a 5,000-strong national army though its Serb minority said the move was illegal.


Kosovo's Moves to Transform Security Force Alarm Serbia

Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin told the Serbian national broadcasterRTSon Friday that he would speak to the NATO-led international peacekeeping force, KFOR, about the laws that the Kosovo parliament passed on Thursday,expanding the powers of the lightly armed Kosovo Security Force, KSF.


Kosovo moves to create national army amid Serb objections

Parliament in Kosovo, which relies on NATO troops for its protection, voted on Thursday to set up a 5,000-strong national army though its Serb minority said the move was illegal.


US Official Urges Kosovo and Serbia to Reach Deal

The US' Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Matthew Palmer, called on Friday for Serbia and Kosovo not to miss the “historic opportunity” to reach an agreement to end their decade-long dispute, and urged for them to find a solution that would leave both sides "victorious".


Gashi Sacked as Kosovo's Interior Minister

Five months after being appointed as Interior Minister in Kosovo, Bejtush Gashi was dismissed on Monday following a decision taken by his own party, the New Kosovo Alliance, AKR.


Kosovo MPs Back Laws Giving KSF More Powers

All parliamentary parties in Kosovo except for Kosovo Serb representatives have approved draft laws on the Defence Ministry and the Kosovo Security Force, KSF, expanding the latter's competences.