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A Sunday in Kosovo

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Blackbird writes from Mitrovica
We woke up early and drove to the Danish camp. On Sundays the mess served brunch. There were waffles, pancakes and other food you could not find easily in Kosovo.

Why Kosovo Needs Extensive Security after Independence

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New Kosova Report
NATO peacekeeper
Security in the Balkans is seen as essential with regards to the overall stability of the region, including Europe. This is why, the international community cannot afford itself the lavishness of not watching out for possible cycles of violence in the area in the near future. The most probable scenario for such a prediction to come true is the period between December this year and early 2008, when Kosovo’s status is expected to be decided upon, very likely by a declaration of independence and recognition from the United States of America and some European countries.

Currently, Serbia has been preparing ‘plans’ on how to deal with the situation of post-independence Kosovo, namely on what actions to take the day after independence. So far, calculations show that it is very probable for the Northern part of Kosovo, inhabited by a majority of Serbs, to cause massive unrests, which might be followed by huge demonstrations and blockade of important roads segments, just to name some. Even though these actions seem quarantined and under control as a result of KFOR’s presence in the country as well as Kosovo security forces, such as the Kosovo Police Service, they should be taken seriously and used for planning on how to deal with possible similar future developments. Kosovo will find itself in desperately requiring international security presence in the country following declaration of independence. This is for a number of reasons, primarily to secure its internal stability.

RTK just like Jakup

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Albin Kurti
On the day before the November 19th demonstration, its organizers held a press conference. Many journalists, both local and outside Kosovo attended. A similar press conference was also held prior to the December 2nd demonstration. Once again the room was also full of journalists from local and international TVs, radio stations and newspapers. The invitation to protest against the Ban Ki-moon plan was not the only thing that these two press conferences had in common. There was one other element and that was the absence of Kosovo Radio Television (RTK) team. Despite the fact that 20 different associations came together for demonstrations (which later gathered tens of thousands of people) RTK found no reason to attend.

Watching the Mitrovica bridgewatchers

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Blackbird writes from Mitrovica
They sit in two places, a café and a bench across the street, and they stand in a third place of that intersection. There are more bridgewatchers than this, in apartments above our heads, but I have never actually seen them, only heard of them. On the bench outside of the corner store they sit, two or three of them, talking or reading newspapers. There are rarely less than two there and they have perhaps the least obstructed view of the bridge.

Demonstration, 2nd December

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ImageOn December 2nd, the day on which EULEX officially begins to operate in Kosovo, the second demonstration against the 6 Point Plan of Ban Ki-moon and for sovereignty is being organized by Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE!, Çohu, Thirrjet e Nënave, Rrjeti i Grupeve të Grave të Kosovës, Rrjeti Rinor i Kosovës, Aksioni Qytetar FOL'08, Iniciativa për Progres and many other organizations.

Anna Wiman

Anna Wiman
Freelance Writer and photographer

Elizabeth Gowing

Elizabeth Gowing
Co-Founder at The Ideas Partnership NGO

Henry H. Perritt Jr.

Henry H. Perritt Jr.
Professor of Law Chicago-Kent College

Drilon Gashi

Drilon Gashi
Comm. Counselor to the Prime Minister

Arlind V. Bytyqi

Arlind V. Bytyqi
Editor-in-chief
New Kosova Report
 

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