Kosovo dissolves parliament to hold an early election
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's parliament was dissolved Thursday, opening the way to the country's president to set the date for an early general election.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Aug. 22 to disband and let the country's president declare an early general election.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister resigned Friday after being invited for questioning by a Hague-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Monday denounced a move by Kosovo and Albania to boycott a regional conference, accusing them of coordinating foreign policies with...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — In Kosovo so far, the sword has worked better than the ploughshare.
It's exactly 20 years since NATO forces set foot in the former Yugoslav province, after an allied...
Kosovo honors Bill Clinton with Freedom Order
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo on Tuesday awarded the Freedom Order to former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his role in helping end the country's war 20 years ago.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A parliamentary investigative commission in Kosovo has blamed the president for ordering the deportation of five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor last year.
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president says he will boycott a summit in Bosnia over that government's stance on his country.
Hashim Thaci says he couldn't take part in the European Bank...
Kosovo: EU “too weak” to steer talks with Serbia
BERLIN (AP) — Kosovo's president is ruling out any prospect of an agreement on his country's relations with Serbia without the participation of the United States, saying Monday that the European...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's parliament has called the country's president into a hearing on the secret deportation of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of an alleged 2016 coup...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's president has rejected any idea of a land swap with Serbia.
Hashim Thaci said Friday in the Albanian capital Tirana that "a land swap would never...
Kosovo points to top Serb officials in 3 Americans’ slayings
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president alleged Tuesday that senior Serb officials are responsible for the 1999 slayings of three Albanian-American brothers who fought with ethnic Albanian...
Kosovo marks 2008 independence with military parade
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo has marked the 11th anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia with a parade featuring soldiers from the national army it created last year despite opposition.
President Hashim Thaci said the infantry troops carrying light weaponry on Sunday paraded as a "professional, multiethnic army serving the youngest country in the world."
AP interview: Kosovo president hopes for deal with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo said Thursday he thinks there is "good momentum" to reach an agreement this year to normalize ties with Serbia.
Kosovo commemorates its 2008 declaration of independence on Feb. 17 each year. It is recognized as its own country by 116 nations, but not by the one from which it unilaterally separated, Serbia.
Kosovo is a success story, President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview.
Kosovo’s president will go to Hague court, if summoned
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Monday said he would respond positively if summoned by a European Union-funded court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 independence war with Serbia.
At a news conference, Hashim Thaci said that "if there is any invitation at any moment I will respond with full transparency," and urged others to do the same.
Kosovo leader stands firm on land swap talks with Serbia
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's government says that a proposed border swap with Serbia isn't negotiable.
Following a meeting on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said he would "welcome any idea or suggestion for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue but a land swap never will be negotiated."
The European Union has told Serbia and Kosovo they must normalize their ties to have a chance to join the bloc.
Trump urges Serbia to make ‘historic’ deal with Kosovo
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Serbia and Kosovo to secure a "historic" deal that would bring "long-sought" peace to the Balkan region — a sign that Washington is willing to take a more active role in mediating between the two wartime foes.
Serbia and Kosovo trade accusations over Kosovo’s new army
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo traded accusations Monday at the U.N. Security Council over Kosovo's decision to transform its 4,000-strong security force into a regular army and Serbia's threat of armed intervention — but both expressed their readiness for dialogue.
Kosovo president: Decision to form army ‘irreversible’
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The decision to transform Kosovo's security force into an army is "irreversible," the country's president said Sunday while offering assurance that a new national military does not threaten ethnic Serbs living in the former Serbian province.
President Hashim Thaci gave a briefing on the army plan before he left for New York, where the United Nations Security Council is expected in coming days to discuss the small Balkan nation's decision.
Austria: Kosovo-Serbia deal is basis for joining EU
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Austria's chancellor told Kosovo on Tuesday that any step toward joining the European Union must be based on dialogue with Serbia.
Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said during his visit to Pristina that without a peaceful agreement between Pristina and Belgrade there would be no peaceful coexistence and regional stability.
Kosovo fails to pass resolution banning border changes
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's political parties failed Thursday to pass a resolution preventing any leader, including the president, from negotiating border changes with Serbia.
All parties support the resolution but failed to pass it during a vote due to abstentions caused by political disagreements.
Kosovo lawmakers agree to consider creating national army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Lawmakers in Kosovo have agreed to consider whether to transform the country's security forces into a regular army.
The 120-seat parliament voted Thursday to accept the government's proposals and refer them to commissions for debate before bringing forward legislation.
Not everyone wants the change to take place. The debate was boycotted by lawmakers representing Kosovo's Serb minority while officials in Serbia criticized the plan.
Tension flares in Kosovo over possible land swap with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Tension flared in a familiar section of the Balkans as thousands of people marched Saturday in Kosovo's capital against a possible territory swap with former war foe Serbia, while the Serbian government put its troops on alert after special police were deployed to Kosovo's Serb-dominated north.
The Latest: Serbia alerts forces after Kosovar police deploy
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on ongoing efforts to stabilize relations between Kosovo and Serbia (all times local):
A Serbian government official says security forces have been put on alert after Kosovo's special police were deployed in the country's Serb-dominated north.
Germany ‘skeptical’ on Kosovo-Serbia border correction idea
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says that Berlin is skeptical about the idea of a border correction in the talks between Kosovo and Serbia.
Heiko Maas, visiting nearby Albania on Wednesday, said that "there exists the fear of a domino effect."
"We are skeptical and discreet on that issue," he said, urging both countries to "clarify and resolve it in a way that does not bring about other issues."
Kosovo government prepares draft law on creating a new army
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's government has prepared three draft laws on transforming the country's security forces into a regular army, though it is not clear whether it will get formal parliamentary approval.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday said that any step on army transformation "will be done in line with our strategic partners in NATO, especially the U.S."
Kosovo president calls for political unity on Serbia’s talks
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president has urged political parties to work faster to unite behind a strategy to smooth ties with Serbia, which he called the only way for Kosovo to join the European Union.
Hashim Thaci on Thursday called on politicians to reach a consensus soon on the government's negotiating team, a move strongly opposed by the opposition so far.
Brussels has made it clear the EU will not accept Kosovo and Serbia if they don't resolve their conflict.
Kosovo Albanians block roads during Serbia president visit
MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Albanians on Sunday blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes.
During his two-day trip, President Aleksandar Vucic planned to visit a Serb-populated village in central Kosovo on Sunday, but roads leading to the region were blocked by wooden logs, trucks and heavy machinery, preventing him from reaching his destination.
EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough
BRUSSELS (AP) — Serbia's president refused to meet with his Kosovo counterpart at European Union-backed talks Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent improvement in long-strained relations between the two countries.
The Latest: Kosovo president acknowledges Serbia problems
PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic talks between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):
Kosovo's president says that negotiations with Serbia are becoming more and more difficult.
Hashim Thaci on Friday had planned to meet in Brussels with his Serb counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, but they only met separately with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said after several rounds with each of them that "difficulties remain."
Kosovo’s president rejects ethnic land swap with Serbia
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo has rejected the idea of dividing the country along ethnic lines to resolve a dispute over its independence from Serbia.
But President Hashim Thaci told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he was open to discussing "a correction" of borders during the difficult European Union-mediated peace negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.
"Serbia's claim for a Kosovo division will not be successful. It is unacceptable," he said.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Adem Demaci, a human rights defender who embodied Kosovo's national resistance and was often called the "Balkans' Mandela," has died at 82.
Deputy Speaker Xhavit Haliti interrupted Thursday's parliamentary session to report Demaci's death, saying "our teacher, the man who spent 28 years of his life in Serb prisons" has died. The parliament in Pristina held a minute of silence and suspended the session.
Kosovo football great Fadil Vokrri dies at 57
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Fadil Vokrri, the president of the Football Federation of Kosovo and a former Yugoslavia international, died of a heart attack on Saturday. He was 57.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci declared Sunday a day of mourning "as a sign of state and civic respect." State flags will be at half-staff.
"Kosovo football has lost its greatest legend," Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said.
Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities that started Saturday amid reminders of the obstacles to the country's full acceptance.
President Hashim Thaci said during a panel at the Munich Security Conference that his country's decade-long history was "a story of success," but he lamented the European Union's lack of unity over Kosovo's status as a membership candidate.
The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status
MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the Munich Security Conference (all times local):
Kosovo's president says his country's 10-year history is "a story of success," but he laments the European Union's lack of unity over its status as a membership candidate.
Hashim Thaci said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday — the anniversary of Kosovo's 2008 independence declaration from Serbia — that "we are not yet a member of the U.N., while our journey to the EU is far too complicated."
Kosovo, Montenegro presidents urge passing of border deal
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president and his Montenegrin counterpart called Friday on Kosovo's parliament to ratify a border demarcation deal between the two countries which is required for Kosovo's citizens to travel freely to the European Union.
But it remained unclear if the lawmakers would ratify the deal, which some oppose, saying that it cedes territory to Montenegro.
Kosovo president slams international war crimes court
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Wednesday called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a "historical injustice," adding his government only reluctantly accepted it as the "price for its liberty."
Kosovo says EU’s new strategy not clear on its integration
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo leaders say the new European Union strategy on the Western Balkans discriminates against their country and does not take into consideration its successes.
The European Union on Tuesday urged Balkan countries to resolve their disputes before joining the bloc. It said Kosovo would "benefit considerably from a definitive normalization agreement with Serbia."
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 but Serbia doesn't recognize the move.
Kosovo president urges approval of Montenegro border deal
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president has urged political parties to intensify efforts to ratify a border demarcation deal with Montenegro which is set as a precondition by the European Union for a visa-free regime for the country's citizens.
In his end-of-year speech to parliament Friday, Hashim Thaci urged all local actors to speed up efforts to find a solution "within the next weeks."
Kosovo’s president wants int’l missions to leave country
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Tuesday openly called for international missions to leave the country and complained that the international community is discriminating against Kosovo when it comes to war crimes investigation and the process to join the European Union.
Kosovo PM: Army will be created by amending constitution
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has confirmed that the government will try to transform the nation's security forces into a regular army through constitutional changes to satisfy the country's international partners.
Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said during a visit to Kosovo Security Force headquarters on Thursday that "we should give the constitutional mandate" to the future army.
Albania president rejects Kosovo passport request
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Albania's president has turned down a request from his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci to issue Albanian passports for citizens in neighboring Kosovo, the only nation in Europe excluded from a visa-free European travel zone.
Ilir Meta, who is visiting Kosovo Wednesday, said the solution was "through dialogue."
Kosovo gay community hold 1st pride parade
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A few hundred people held the first ever pride parade in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, on Tuesday, to promote the rights of the gay community.
The parade, called "In the name of love," was organized by nine non-governmental organizations to raise awareness and end prejudice in Kosovo society.
With banners and rainbow flags in hand and music playing, participants shouted "There is no gender in love" as they walked peacefully between two main squares in Pristina.
Kosovo president accuses int’l community of not keeping word
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president on Monday accused the international community of not keeping its end of the bargain after the country created an unpopular war crimes court to prosecute ethnic Albanians in cases linked to Kosovo's war.
Hashim Thaci said among the things that international officials promised in return were to fast-track Kosovo for European Union and UNESCO membership and visa liberalization, and allow Kosovo to form a military.
Ex-guerrilla fighter nominated to create Kosovo’s new govt
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ramush Haradinaj, a divisive ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, was nominated Thursday as the country's new premier and tasked with creating a new Cabinet.
President Hashim Thaci said on his Facebook page that he had issued a decree to give Haradinaj, leader of the center-right Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party, "the mandate to form the new government."
Kosovo devotes cathedral to St. Teresa 20 years after death
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Roman Catholic cathedral in Kosovo's capital has been consecrated to the saint formerly known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and religious leaders from Kosovo and Albania were among the hundreds of people in Pristina who attended a consecration ceremony on Tuesday for the landmark, now named St. Teresa Cathedral.
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo police say they are investigating threats made in graffiti against senior government and religious officials over plans to build a new mosque in the capital, Pristina.
A police statement Wednesday said the graffiti scrawled on the Pristina University campus spelled out the names of President Hashim Thaci, Pristina's mayor and the head of the Islamic Community with the words "death to."
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president set a June date for an early parliamentary election that became necessary after a majority of lawmakers voted no-confidence in Prime Minister Isa Mustafa's government. President Hashim Thaci also asked the current Cabinet ministers on Thursday to continue serving citizens until the election.