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Erdogan says Turkey ready to put its best efforts for resolving the Kosovo issue

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In an inteview with Serbian newspaper Politka, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is ready to do its best to solve the Kosovo problem.

According to Erdogan, an agreement on Kosovo that satisfies all stakeholders is vital to achieving long-term stability and peace in the Balkans. This is why Ankara supports the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and reaching a lasting and comprehensive agreement.

Erdogan noted that relations between Turkey and Serbia are based on mutual understanding and respect.

“We want to strengthen our relations and cooperation with the region in every field. Serbia has a central and strategic position in the Balkans. We have deeply rooted historical and cultural ties with Serbia and we see it as a neighboring country, although we have no common borders”, the Turkish President added.

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Vucic: I believe France will stick to its position on North Macedonia and Albania

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Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic, speaking in an interview with TV Pink’s “24 Sata” Thursday evening, said he believes France will stick to its stance on the membership negotiations and seek a new EU methodology on enlargement.

“I support North Macedonia and Albania to get the go-ahead to begin accession negotiations, but I am afraid it’s not possible. The procedures will be much more difficult for us as well, we expect tougher scrutiny. I believe I will meet with President Macron in Paris in November and I will be able to discuss the matter with him. Then, I will meet with Putin,” Vucic said in the interview.

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Greece’s first crematorium opens in Viotia

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Fifteen years after cremations were legalized in Greece, the country’s first such facility has opened in Ritsona, in Viotia, central Greece, and has already carried out 15 cremations.

Licensed in the summer of 2018 and inaugurated on September 30, the private venture is 70 percent owned by Crem Services SA. The nongovernmental Greek Cremation Society (GCS) holds a 30 percent stake.

Speaking to the press at the facility on Thursday, GCS president Antonis Alakiotis hailed its operation as a “historic event.”

“Changing funerary customs is one of the hardest and slowest shifts that any society can make,” he said, adding, “Our country… is unfortunately the last in the European Union to acquire a crematorium.”

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Kurti: Albanians’ national unification cannot happen in EU

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Albin Kurti, most likely the next prime minister of Kosovo, said on Wednesday that merging of Albanians could not happen in the European Union, but an idea on confederation could exist.

Self-determination (Vetevendosje) party came first in Sunday’s general elections, and the incoming prime minister,  who was once a vocal advocate for merging Kosovo and Albania, now advocates merger of  Kosovo and Albania into a federation similar to Germany, with decentralized institutions.

“I can’t say that the national unification happens in the EU,” said Kurti, He said he plans to take charge of the EU-led talks previously run by President Thaci, his main political enemy.

Kurti earlier hinted revision of all agreements which Pristina and Belgrade signed during the EU-mediated dialogue on normalization of relations, which has been on hold since last November, following Pristina’s decision to introduce 100% import tariffs on goods from Serbia and BiH.

Kosovo opposition Vetevendosje party is set to come first in the parliamentary election with 26 percent of votes, slightly ahead of the Democratic League of Kosovo party which won 25 pct of votes, preliminary results showed.

Political prisoner turned parliamentary troublemaker Albin Kurti is within reach of becoming Kosovo’s next prime minister after an electoral triumph that could reshape the political scene in Europe’s youngest country. According to preliminary results, Vetevendosje came first with nearly 26%, just ahead of another opposition party, the centre-right LDK. The pair say they are open to talks on a coalition to secure a ruling majority.

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