Clinton To Thaci: U.S. To Help Kosovo Join NATO, EU
Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 5, 2012
U.S. to Help Kosovo Join EU, NATO – Clinton
The United States will help Kosovo join the European Union and NATO, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said following talks with Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Washington.
“I believe strongly in Kosovo’s independence and territorial integrity and in its aspiration to become a full partner in the international community and a member of the European Union, and eventually, NATO,” Clinton said.
“The United States will continue to support Kosovo and work with the European Union to resolve the outstanding issues that exist between Kosovo and Serbia,” she added.
Thaci’s visit to the United States comes amid increased tensions between Pristina and Belagrade over Serbia’s intention to hold municipal elections in the breakaway region on May 6.
Clinton said she was “encouraged” with Kosovo’s progress in European integration and economic development.
“The prime minister told me Kosovo has grown five percent this year. That’s a very strong signal of the kind of progress that Kosovo is making, and we want to help fully integrate, particularly the young people of Kosovo, into Europe and the international community,” she said.
About 90 states, including the United States and most of the EU countries, have recognized Kosovo since it declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. Belgrade and Moscow have refused to recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty.
Tanjug News Agency
April 5, 2012
Remains of Serbs murdered in Kosovo handed over
–According to current data of the Serbian government, more than 2,000 Serbs, Montenegrins and other non-Albanians have either been kidnapped or are listed as otherwise missing in Kosovo and Metohija.
MERDARE: The remains of four Serbs, kidnapped and murdered in 1999 by ethnic Albanian terrorists, have been handed over to their families on Thursday.
The handover took place at Merdare, on the administrative line between Kosovo and central Serbia.
The identities of the victims were determined through DNA analyses.
The families said that their loved ones would be laid to rest tomorrow in towns in central Serbia.
According to current data of the Serbian government, more than 2,000 Serbs, Montenegrins and other non-Albanians have either been kidnapped or are listed as otherwise missing in Kosovo and Metohija.