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Skopje and Tirana boycott conference that excluded Pristina

UNMIK's Media Observer is reporting this on Friday, citing Pristina-based Albanian language newspaper Koha.

The conference is set to take place in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the report continued - and Tirana and Skopje are boycotting it "because of exclusion of Kosovo from the event."

Tsipras, Merkel to meet as Skopje leaders tour EU cities to showcase 'good will'

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to discuss the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) during his meeting today with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the informal summit of 27 European Union leaders in Brussels on Friday.  

US "disappointed" by Edi Rama's remarks about Kosovo and Albania

The United States urged Albania Wednesday to avoid "careless language" after its prime minister suggested a single president and single security policy for both his country and neighbouring Kosovo in a speech that infuriated Serbia.

Serbia is sensitive to any talk of unification of its former province of Kosovo, which has a majority ethnic Albanian population, and Albania.

EC: Political interference not helpful

BRUSSELS - Reacting to Albanian PM Edi Rama's idea of Albania and Kosovo having a single president, the European Union said Monday that "statements which might be interpreted as political interference in neighboring countries are not helpful in building good-neighborly relations."

Djuric: Lack of reaction to Rama's statements bigger concern

BELGRADE - The lack of reaction from the international community to Albanian PM Edi Rama's statements about unity of Kosovo and Albania is a bigger concern than the statements themselves, Marko Djuric, head of the Serbian government Office for Kosovo-Metohija, said on Monday.

Dacic: Why is EU not reacting to Rama's statements?

BELGRADE - Serbian FM Ivica Dacic on Monday condemned a statement by Albanian PM Edi Rama about unity of Albania and Kosovo, noting that the EU and Western states were "sticking their heads in the sand" in the face of a Greater Albania policy.

Dacic said it was the biggest threat to peace and stability in the region.

"Makes more sense for US to revoke Kosovo recognition"

The comment, made after Dacic's meeting in Belgrade with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, was prompted by Hashim Thaci saying that Belgrade "would be able to step out of the false mythology" if Russia recognized Kosovo.

Dacic told a joint press conference with Lavrov that the Greater Albanian rhetoric is the biggest threat in the region.

Amnesty Highlights Continued Rights Failings In Balkans

Amnesty International's annual report, published on Thursday, shone a light on human rights violations in all Balkan countries and pointed especially to a lack of will to deal with war crimes.

The report presented the state of human rights during 2017 in 159 countries and territories.

The Guardian: Europe is Facing a Potential Crisis in the Balkans. It has to Act Soon

The second world war is over but the first world war is not yet finished." Those were the words of a senior Turkish official I met recently in Ankara. He was speaking of the Middle East, but it was the sort of comment I might well also have heard in Moscow, in Kiev or in the Balkans, about the state of affairs on the European continent.

Here comes Rama: "My statement was taken out of context"

Rama also said he would not be "calming anyone down" - and added that if someone was worried, "let them worry."

"The EU's reaction in this respect was normal and in line with its policy. It was nothing but pure imagination," Rama told a local television, the agency ATA reported.

Albania President Blocks Talks on Sea Border with Greece

President Ilir Meta on Tuesday refused to provide the authorisation for further talks with Greece to resolve the sea border disagreement, demanding further information on what and how the government will negotiate.

"The request doesn't clearly define the object of negotiations for which the authorisation is requested," Meta said in a statement.