Kosovo President Proposes 'Correction' of Borders with Serbia
Kosovo's president on Thursday reiterated his idea of "a correction" of the border with Serbia, which is widely seen as essentially a territorial swap as part of a strategy to stabilize relations between both EU-aspirant nations.
Thaci was responding to an idea floated by some Serbian government officials that Kosovo, which has an ethnic Albanian majority but also a Serb minority, should be divided as a possible solution to settle a long-running dispute that is hindering both sides' ambitions to join the European Union.
Ostensibly dismissing the idea of a divided Kosovo along ethnic lines as unacceptable, Thaci instead proposed the concept of a "redefined" or "corrected" border with its Serbian neighbor to the north.
Thaci said: "We will work together with the international community to define the Kosovo-Serbia border." "I want to emphasize that Kosovo will not be divided; I want to forcefully stress it: Belgrade cannot bring to the table the division of Kosovo," he said.
Thaci is due to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Brussels after the summer break under an EU-sponsored dialogue.
Experts and former diplomats have warned that rethinking borders in the Balkans would pose a risk to the stability in a region still struggling to come to terms with the wars of the 1990s, which tore apart Yugoslavia in Europe’s deadliest post-World War II conflict.
Protesters March Against Gun Violence in Chicago
Protesters aiming to draw attention to the problem of gun violence in Chicago briefly shut down the city's famed Lake Shore Drive, which runs along Lake Michigan.
The Chicago Tribune reported that while the protest was not large, about 200 marchers achieved their aim of disrupting traffic for thousands of motorists.
Organizers said they are marching to demand the resignations of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, for failing to lower gun violence.
Organizers said they brought the protest to the heart of the city's more affluent enclaves to "redistribute the pain" of gun violence and economic blight plaguing some of Chicago's black and Latino communities.
The protest comes during a busy tourism week for Chicago with the annual Lollapalooza music festival starting Thursday.
Reverend Gregory Livingston, one of the march's lead organizers, called on the festival performers to stand with protesters and cancel their performances. But none of the artists appeared to comply.
Chicago has recorded more than 300 murders so far in 2018, more than any other U.S. city, but a 23 percent decline in killings compared to the same time last year.