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Cyprus: no reunification talks while Turkey blocks oil rig (15.02.2018)

A Cypriot official says that talks to reunify the ethnically split island cannot resume as long as Turkey obstructs an offshore hydrocarbon search.

Wehrbeauftragter rechnet mit Ukraine-Mission der Bundeswehr (14.02.2018)

Der Wehrbeauftragte des Bundestages, Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), rechnet mit einer Bundeswehr-Beteiligung an einer Friedensmission in der Ukraine. Auch die Grünen signalisierten Zustimmung für eine möglichen Einsatz.

Kosovo drops objection to EU court (09.02.2018)

EU powers and the US have welcomed Kosovo's decision to cease efforts to overturn a war crimes tribunal.

Despite differences, potential for trust among political leaders remains, Security Council told (07.02.2018)

Even though significant differences persist between political leaders in Kosovo, the potential for trust and more forward-looking decision-making to address the challenges there should not be underestimated, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today. … Briefing the Council...

Izetbegovic: Bosnian Croat entity 'impossible without war' (05.02.2018)

After Bosnian Croats called for the establishment of a third, Croat-ed entity in the country, the Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, warned that this could cause armed conflict.

Finishing the job in the Western Balkans (31.01.2018)

Western Balkan countries have made significant progress since the 1990s, when ethnic violence tore the region apart and necessitated an international intervention. But that progress is fragile, and could easily be reversed without a renewed push to put these countries on the road to European Union...

Spain produces non-paper aimed at blocking Kosovo's EU bid (30.01.2018)

Spain has submitted a letter in the form of a non-paper ahead of the adoption of EU's enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans.

Security Council extends mandate of UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (30.01.2018)

The Security Council today renewed the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) for six months and endorsed implementation of recommendations contained in the Secretary-General’s strategic review of the mission. … Requesting the Secretary-General to maintain transition...

U.S. envoy: 'More openness' from Russia, but no Ukraine peacekeeper deal (29.01.2018)

Russia has shown more "openness" to U.S. suggestions on a possible UN peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukraine, but Washington and Moscow remain far from striking a deal, the U.S. special envoy for Ukraine says.