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www.kosovakosovo.com visited by over 1,000 visitors every day

BELGRADE, June 27, 2006 (BETA) - Over 37,000 internet users visit www.kosovakosovo.com each month, or over 1,000 visitors per day.


According to the site's statistics, 14,000 pages were opened daily in the period between April 22 to June 22 this year, for a total of 440,000 pages opened monthly.

The majority of visitors were from the former FR Yugoslavia (Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo), followed by the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain. The least number of visitors were from Albania, Spain, Greece and Turkey.





Kostunica meets with Blair in London today

BELGRADE, June 27, 2006 (BETA) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica will meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair on June 27, during his two-day visit to Great Britain.


According to Kostunica's aide Slobodan Samardzic, the Serbian prime minister will present Serbia's proposal for giving essential autonomy to Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia as the best solution from the standpoint of lasting peace and regional stability, to Blair.

Kostunica will meet with British Minister for Europe Geoffrey Hoon in London on the second day of his visit.

Kostunica met with Lord Chancellor Charles Faulkner on June 26 and is scheduled to meet Serbian diaspora representatives in Britain.





Mackinlay Says Blair will insist on independence for Kosovo

LONDON, June 27, 2006 (BETA) - Andrew Mackinlay, a member of British Parliament's foreign policy committee, has said that the British Prime Minister will insist on independence for Kosovo during a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Vojislav Kostunica on June 27.


"Kostunica does not want to hear what the great powers are saying, and they are not just talking about an independent Kosovo, but an independent Kosovo in Europe and an independent Serbia in Europe," Mackinlay told the BBC prior to Kostunica's meeting with Blair and British Minister for Europe Geoffrey Hoon.

"It is important to remember that it is entirely possible for all of the former Yugoslavia's parts to become members of the EU with everything that comes with this - security, economic prosperity and the protection of minorities, including those in Kosovo," he said.

This, Mackinlay said, was the solution that Blair would insist on at today's meeting with Kostunica. He added that, "The reasonable approach for Serbia would be to focus on getting closer to the EU, especially considering that its traditional ally, Russia, is increasingly moving toward the Western stance that Kosovo cannot be brought back under Serbia's sovereignty."





Kostunica and Tadic invited to visit U.S.

KRAGUJEVAC, June 23, 2006 (BETA) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on June 22 confirmed information that he has received an invitation from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to visit Washington, but did not state when he would travel to the U.S.


Speaking after the government session in Kragujevac, Kostunica told reporters that he would visit London on June 26 and 27 and meet with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Serbian prime minister reiterated that the government believed the best solution for Kosovo and Metohija was maximum autonomy within Serbia.

An invitation from Condoleezza Rice also came to the address of Serbian
President Boris Tadic.

This week, the president and premier of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu and Agim
Ceku, met with the U.S. secretary of state.





Find universal and compromise solution for Kosovo, says Kamynin

MOSCOW, June 23, 2006 (BETA) - Russia's stand is that the status of Kosovo must be solved through negotiations, that a compromise must be found and that there had to be several options for the setting of the status, an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Mikhail Kamynin, said on June 22.


In an interview to the Interfax agency, Kamynin said Kosovo would be on the agenda of the meeting of foreign ministers of the G8 Group in Moscow on June 29.

He said Russia, as the permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, the chairing country of the G8 this year and a member of the Contact Group, was still actively participating in the process of setting the status of Kosovo, based on Resolution 1244 of the Security Council and recommendations of the Contact Group, with the preservation of the key role of the Security Council.

"We are starting from the point that the priority is the solving of the
status through negotiations, the finding of a compromise and the existence of several options for the status. This is imperative for Russia," he said.





Doris Pack: Mitrovica is divided, but it should not remain so

MITROVICA, June 23, 2006 (KosovaLive) - European member of Parliament Doris Pack said on Thursday during her visit to Mitrovica that the city should be integrated and the people live together.


“There would be reconciliation if the politicians would have agreed about that. There are a large number of people who would like to live together, of course if the politicians would allow them. The city should be integrated and the people live together. The life is too short,” Pack said following a meeting with the Mayor Mursel Ibrahimi

She said that as a German she is very said that the city is divided, and stressed that it is necessary for this situation to change.





Situation in Mitrovica north under control

MITROVICA, June 23, 2006 (KosovaLive) – Kosovo Minister of Interior Affairs Fatmir Rexhepi said on Thursday after a meeting with the representatives of Mitrovica Regional Police that the situation in the northern part of the municipality is under control, and added that there is no information that the Serb military and police formations are operating there.


“We have discussed about the developments in the area of security and the measures that KPS and UNMIK police are undertaking for forming of additional bodies to have even better security for all citizens, “ the Minister said.

He said that he was informed by received information from the police senior officers that the situation in the north is stable, that KPS has a better communication and cooperation with the municipal assemblies.





EU: UN SC conclusions are very important

PRISHTINA, June 23, 2006 (KosovaLive) - EU mission representatives evaluated at the press conference in Prishtina as very important the UN Security Council conclusions, and reiterated that the fulfillment of standards is a prerequisite for integration of Kosovo into EU.


Solana’s Personal Representative to Prishtina, Torbjorn Sohlstorm said on Thursday that Kosovo’s future after the implementations of standards is in EU.

He stressed that EU will have a supporting role after the status, and it will be focused in the area of justice and police. “It will be a different role from the current one, and we have already started the preparations for our new role in Kosovo,” he said, and added that EU aims at supporting Kosovo to overcome easier some of the challenges.

While, the Acting Head of the European Commission Liaison Office in Prishtina Wolfgang Koeth announced that they will sign soon a memorandum of understanding with UNDP, within the assistance program for Kosovo. He said that €3.5 million will be allocated for capacity building of the institutions of Kosovo.





Will of majority in Kosovo is no argument, Radicals say

BELGRADE, June 23, 2006 (BETA) - The general secretary of the Serbian Radical Party, Aleksandar Vucic, stated on June 22 that the will of the majority of the population of Kosovo must not be used as an argument in the process of setting the future status of Kosovo.


Speking at a news conference, Vucic said that, if this principle is implemented in Kosovo, then the will of the Serb people in Republika Srpska and in Montenegro would also have to be recognized.

Criticizing the European Union for failing to respect Resolution 1244 of the United Nations, Vucic said the EU had to understand that its role was to enable the staying of Kosovo within Serbia.





OSCE's journalist workshop is under way

VIENNA, June 23, 2006 (BETA) - Journalists from Serbia and Kosovo are taking part in the OSCE's workshop in Vienna, which was opened on June 23 by Bertrand de Krombourg, the ambassador of Belgium, the chairing country of the OSCE.


Representatives of the U.N. special envoy for the Kosovo status negotiations, Martti Ahtisaari, Hua Jiyan and Remy Durlot, then addressed the journalists of the leading media from Serbia and Kosovo.

Participants of the OSCE's workshop will attend two training sessions and a debate.





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