Trump urges Kosovo to reach ‘historic’ deal with Serbia

PRISTINA ( ) – U.S. President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci urging him to do everything to reach a longstanding deal with Serbia two decades after their war ended, according to Thaci’s official website.

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo, which declared independence in 2008, committed in 2013 to a European Union-sponsored dialogue meant to resolve all unsolved issues but little progress has been made.

“Failure to capitalise on this unique opportunity would be a tragic setback, as another chance for a comprehensive peace is unlikely to occur again soon,” says the text of the letter posted on Thaci’s website on Tuesday.

“The United States has invested heavily in the success of Kosovo as an independent, sovereign state,” it said.

In Washington, the White House had no comment. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.

Serbian-Kosovar tensions rose anew last爱上海419 week when Kosovo’s parliament voted to approve the creation of a 5,000-strong standing army – ,上海后花园千花网Rachel,only a week after Serbia’s premier suggested such a move could provoke military intervention by Belgrade.

In June this year, Thaci said he would seek a solution with Serbia by “correcting borders”, but politicians and analysts in Kosovo said that means land swaps.

But his plan rang alarm bells among Balkans neighbors and some Western governments who saw it as a move to take three Serbian municipalities ,龙凤网419论坛Quay,inhabited mainly by ethnic Albanians, who make up more than 90 percent of Kosovo’s population.

If there would be a land swap then Serbia would get part of northern Kosovo populated mainly by minority Serbs who refuse to recognize the authority of the Pristina government.

Britain and Germany have said they do not favor border changes but the United States said if these were agreed by Serbia and Kosovo, it would respect such a deal.

The United Nations Security Council publicly discussed the issues between the two countries and recent tensions on Monday at a meeting attended by the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo. 

The letter posted by Thaci’s website said Trump would welcome hosting the Kosovo and Serbian presidents at the White House as part of such an “historic accord”.

Kosovo is recognized by more than 110 countries, including the United States, but n,上海419论坛体验Octavia,ot by Serbia, Russia or China.

Washington remains the biggest supporter of Kosovo both politically and financially.

It was under U.S. command that NATO bombed Serbian forces in 1999 to halt killings and expulsions of Kosovo Albanians during a counter-insurgency operation.

Factbox: Britain’s post-Brexit immigration plans

LONDON ( ) – The British government set out its biggest overhaul of immigration in decades on Wednesday, publishing a long-awaited policy paper on how it intends to approach the issue after it exits the European Union.

B上海419论坛elow are key measures in the document:

OVERVIEW:

– the new system will apply to EU and non-EU citizens

– it will prioritize skilled migrants

– it will come into force after Britain’s planned post-Brexit implementation period, due to end in December 2020

– there is no target, but a pledge to reduce annual net migration to “sustainable levels”

– Britain will introduce an Electronic Travel Authorisation system similar to the United State’s ESTA scheme

– Irish nationals will not need visas

– EU citizens will not need visas for tourist visits up to six ,上海后花园千花网Sabrina,months

SKILLED WORKER SCHEME

– no cap on numbers

– workers will need an employer to sponsor them

– they will be allowed to bring dependents, extend their stay and in some cases settle permanently

– employers will no longer be required to carry out a resident labor market test

– this visa will be subject to a minimum salary threshold, to be set in consultation with businesses over the next year

– where there ,上海419论坛Lance,are specific skills shortages, the minimum salary threshold may be lowered

– the government will aim to process most work visas within three weeks

TEMPORARY WORKER SCHEME

– transitional measure, which will be reviewed by 2025

– open to workers of any skill level from “low risk” countries, including the EU

– limited to 12 months, followed by a further 12-month “cooling off” period to continuous work

– these workers will not be allowed to bring dependents or access public funds

– they will not be entitled to extend their stay or seek permanent settlement

– do not have to be sponsored by an employer or have a job offer

SECTOR-SPECIFIC SCHEMES

– no plans for such schemes, with the possible exception of seasonal agricultural workers

– a small-scale pilot scheme for agricultural workers will be run in 2019

STUDENTS

– no limit on numbers of international students

– will be allowed to stay in Britain for a fixed period after they have finished studying in order to find work: six months for undergraduate and masters students and a year for PhD students

EU CITIZENS ALREADY IN BRITAIN

– will need to apply for settled status

– need to have been living in the UK continuously for five years to be eligible

– those who arrive before the end of the implementation period but have not been in Britain for five years can ap,上海419论坛最新Easton,ply for pre-settled status so they can stay until they have accumulated five years

– the settlement scheme will be open until six months after the end of the implementation period