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EU praises Serbia, Kosovo for resuming face-to-face talks

Jul. 16, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union praised the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo for resuming face-to-face talks at EU headquarters which had been frozen since November 2018. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti "show their firm commitment to the EU-facilitated dialogue...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a video conference with Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo resumed talks Sunday, July 12, 2020, via video conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels, aimed at normalizing their long-strained relations, more than 20 years after Belgrade sent troops into its former territory to crush an uprising by ethnic Albanian separatists. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool, File)

Serbia, Kosovo leaders agree agenda for Brussels talks

Jul. 12, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union praised the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on Sunday for getting long-stalled talks on normalizing their tense relations back on track and for setting up a face-to-face meeting in Brussels later this week. It came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime...

War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) attend a protest in Pristina, Kosovo, Thursday, July 9, 2020. War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation army, or KLA, that fought for independence from Serbia held a protest against the indictment of the country's president being investigated of war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999-armed conflict. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo veterans protest war crimes charges against president

Jul. 9, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Veterans of a rebel army that fought for Kosovo's independence from Serbia held protests Thursday against the indictment of the country’s president on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the conflict in the late 1990s. Ninety-nine Kosovo Liberation...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo's president to be questioned in war crimes inquiry

Jul. 8, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Wednesday that he would go to The Hague to be questioned by prosecutors investigating war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. Hashim Thaci said in a statement...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo president says he will resign if case goes ahead

Jun. 29, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia, and said he would resign if an indictment against him is confirmed. Hashim Thaci said in a televised address to the nation...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, indicted for war crimes, heads back home

Jun. 26, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo headed back to his country Friday after pulling out of a White House meeting due to his indictment for war crimes stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists he helped lead and Serbian forces. President Hashim Thaci, who had...

Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti poses for photographers prior to a meeting with European Council President Charles Michel at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Kosovo PM cancels trip to US for talks with Serbia

Jun. 25, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The prime minister of Kosovo on Thursday canceled his plans to attend a White House meeting with leaders of Serbia following the indictment of Kosovo's president on war crimes charges stemming from the 1990s armed conflict between the two Balkan countries. Prime Minister Avdullah...

Kadri Veseli, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on Wednesday, June, 24, 2020. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international court investigating their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia. The indicted group includes Kadri Veseli. (AP Photo/Zenel Zhinipotoku)

A look at Serbia-Kosovo dispute as war crimes charges filed

Jun. 24, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — An international prosecutor has indicted Kosovo's president and nine other former rebel fighters with war crimes and crimes against humanity during and after a 1998-99 armed conflict between the ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. The charges were made public on Wednesday as...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 file photo, Kosovo president Hashim Thaci gestures during a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina. Kosovo’s president and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by a court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo’s 1998-99 independence war with Serbia, it was reported on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu, File)

Kosovo president, 9 others indicted on war crimes charges

Jun. 24, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatist fighters were indicted Wednesday on a range of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges, including murder, by an international prosecutor probing their actions against ethnic Serbs and others during and after...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, shakes hands with Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic after a joint press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Lavrov is on a two-day official visit to Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

With US summit planned, Russia prefers EU-Kosovo mediation

Jun. 18, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russia's foreign minister said Thursday that Moscow will need to approve any solution reached in peace talks between Kosovo and Serbia that have gained momentum after U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy called for a summit between the two former wartime foes in the White...