Main Stories 22 August 2011 ___________________________________________________________________________ International weakness towards the attackers from the north (Koha Ditore) Government promises control of the north before 15 September (dailies) Serbs block KFOR for a few hours (dailies) No talks about the north (Express) EULEX report for UNSC, revealed (Kosova Sot) Reeker in dialogue (Express) Krasniqi: Borders cannot be changed only for Kosovo (Epoka e Re) Kosovo Media Highlights International weakness towards the attackers from the north (Koha Ditore) Koha Ditore reports that the violant acts of the extreme and criminal groups in the north, against the law enforcement, have not been resolved from the investigators and justice for an entire decade. Even though, initiated through many investigation procedures, reveling of the attacks with fire arms and other explosive ordnances, in the most cases aimed at officials and soldiers of international missions, as well as institutional buildings, concrete results of bringing to justice the suspected individuals, have not been achieved. EULEX admits that European prosecutors cannot follow the cases because of the lack of sufficient evidence. Government promises control of the north before 15 September (dailies) Koha Ditore reports that Kosovo Government has come with a political stance that the establishment of rule of law in the north of Kosovo, “might” happen before 15 September, on the date when the agreement reached between KFOR and Belgrade to unblock the roads from the local Serbs in the north, ends. In the meantime, Kosovo Government, has been informed on Sunday, for the return of AKSH (Albanian National Army) in the scene. The latter, sent an ultimatum to the Government to take over control of the border points 1 and 31, otherwise, AKSH would fight for the north. They mentioned 30 September as the deadline for the Government to regain control in the north. Deputy Prime Minister, Hajredin Kuçi claimed that it is being worked to reach normalization of this part of the country, and regain control as soon as possible, perhapes before 15 September. “We are working diligently and with added intensity for the establishment of normality as soon as possible. Currently, we have KFOR control and military zone, there, and we will have control of customs points as soon as it is possible. This might happen before 15 September, but what I am saying is that even after 15 September, there will be rule of law, there will be control of customs points”, stated on Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuçi. Serbs block KFOR for a few hours (dailies) Based on KFOR sources in the north, Koha Ditore reports that on Sunday morning, a group of Serbs blocked a KFOR unit in the village of Postenje in Lesak, and released it after a few hours. KFOR did not make any statement about this, however, this daily learned that with the order of the EULEX international prosecutor, KFOR and members of EULEX were heading towards the building of the parallel institution “Srbija sume” where the excavator which was used to block the border point in Jarinje in July was seized that morning. The same excavator was used to shoot the Polish KFOR, on 26 July, the day when the border point in Jarinje was burned, report dailies adding thaty EULEX had arrested the guard of the company, who wanted to obstruct officials in sizing the excavator. The barricades in the road were removed only after the release of the guard, report dailies. No talks about the north (Express) Express reports that Kosovo Government has once again denied the speculations that e the north of Kosovo will be included in the dialogue with Serbia, which will start in September in Brussels. Deputy Prime Minister, Hajredin Kuçi, said that there will be no discussions with Serbia about internal issues of Kosovo. He denied that the north would be on the table of discussions. Deputy Prime Minister announced that together with the international factor, the rule of law will be established in the north EULEX report for UNSC, revealed (Kosova Sot) Kosova Sot reports that the report of the EU Highest Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, sent to the United Nations Secretary General contains the activities of EULEX mission for the period of 16 April until 15 July. Actions of EULEX against corruption, organized crime and those which have to do with war crimes, are included in the report. The newspaper has published the full report, while other parts related to the EULEX actions, will be published in future editions. UNSC discusses Kosovo on 29 August. Reeker in dialogue (Express) Express reports that US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Reeker, will represent American Government in the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, in Brussels. Thomas Countryman, who used to have this position before, was nominated by President Obama, at an important sector against nuclear, biological and chemical armament, reports this daily. The same daily stresses that there are no changes in the Kosovo, Serbian or European delegations. Krasniqi: Borders cannot be changed only for Kosovo (Epoka e Re) Epoka e Re reports that commenting the ideas for division of Kosovo, Kosovo Assembly Chairperson Jakup Krasniqi, said that Belgrade and the international community should know that Kosovo’s borders cannot be changed alone. Krasniqi also stated that he is against any status for the municipalities in the north of Kosovo, adding that Ahtisaari’s Plan should be implemented in the entire Kosovo. “It cannot be and in no manner should we accept any other plan, except for Ahtisaari’s, that was implemented in other parts of the country,” said Krasniqi adding that no one looses more from non-implementation of this plan than the Serb community. Kosovo Press Headlines Koha Ditore Front page International weakness towards attackers from the north Serbs block KFOR for several hours Reciprocity does not save Albanian entrepreneurs of the valley Change of Governments in Hungary, leaves Pristina without ten million euros Other headlines Kuçi: Coalition was reached based on principals, not personal perceptions (2) Government promises control of the north before 15 September (3) The north challenged the north even during Kuçi’s second quarter (3) Thaçi Government, financially ravenous (4) Palokaj: One good and one bad news for Kosovo from the visit of German Chancellor in Balkans (10) Zëri Front page Kuçi: There is no shaking of Government Governors mask their official vehicles Government fails the Assembly Other headlines Cufaj: Merkel’s mysterious miracles (2) AKSH “to liberate” the war (2) Kosovo or EU, a false dilemma (2) Beqaj meets Berisha (2) We do not negotiate the courts (4) During discussions, everything is political (4) Merkel’s message (4) Six warranty for arrest in the north (5) Kosova Sot Front page EULEX report for the UN SC enlightened Kuçi: The north does not impact the dialogue AKSH threatens the north Coalition clashes regarding recognitions Other headlines Emersen, Haradinaj’s and Asange’s lawyer (2) Law against mafia is being drafted (3) Canada removes arrest warranty for Çeku (4) Minister Beqaj visits Albania (7) Epoka e Re Front page Jakup Krasniqi: It cannot be changed only the borders of Kosovo Kuçi: Before 15 September it will be returned normality in the points 1 and 31 FASHE: After 30 September we restart the war actions in the north One month without Serb goods Other headlines Germany returns to Balkans (2) Kacin: Serbia first should improve relations with Kosovo (2) Leposavic Mafia, ally with Ivanovic (2) When EULEX will do a good work (3) There is no shaking of coalition (7) One month without Serb goods (9) Express Front page Reeker in the dialogue Powerlessness of the powerful They race about Kosovo Other headlines There is no dilemma “Kosovo or EU” (4) No talks for the north (5) Internationals decide (6) Germany returns to Balkans (6) Turkey interested about Kosovo (5) Bota Sot Front page Serbs block KFOR for the hassle of a excavator About my decisions I don’t ask anyone, not even EULEX nor ICO There is no dialogue with Belgrade for the courts in the north Other headlines Kacin: There is no dilemma “Kosovo or EU” (4) EULEX members confiscated an excavator (4) AKSH gives ultimatum to Thaçi and Jahjaga (7) Deputies stop vacations – return urgently in the Assembly (9) Disclaimer This media summary consists of selected local media articles for the information of UN personnel. 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