Kosovo

2023October 2023Recent Post-Soviet InstabilityFocus

FOCUS on Recent Post-Soviet Instability: Serbia and Kosovo

In the ethnic Serbia-majority region, near Banjska, Reuters reports that four people, including a Kosovo police officer, were killed after masked gunmen arrived in armored vehicles and forced their way into a Serbian Orthodox monastery where priests and pilgrims locked themselves inside the monastery’s temple.

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Eastern EuropeNovember 2020International News2020

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci Resigns as he Faces War Crimes Charges

resident Hashim Thaci of Kosovo stepped down on November 5 in response to charges of murder, torture, and persecution related to his involvement in Kosovo’s war for independence in 1998. NPR reports that Thaci stepped down in order “to protect the integrity of the state” of Kosovo. He also reportedly urged Kosovars to maintain “political and civic unity.” Thaci is scheduled to appear in court on November 9. He was flown to The Hague, along with Kadrim Veseli, leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, and Rexhep Selimi, a Kosovo Member of Parliament, reports the BBC.

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September 2020International News2020EuropeMiddle East

Kosovo-Serbia Normalize Economic Relations and formalize ties with Israel despite EU Backlash

On September 4, 2020, Serbia and Kosovo agreed to normalize economic ties as part of U.S. brokered talks that include Belgrade moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem and mutual recognition between Israel and Kosovo, CBS News reports.

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