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05.12.2005

ACT study group visits Kosovo

 

An international group of 33 ACT students travelled to Kosovo on December 5-6 in order to meet with journalists and senior officials involved in the talks on the final status of Kosovo.  Youth from the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Greece, Cyprus, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia, and Kosovo participated in the event.
 
The trip was conceived to simulate a diplomatic tour of the region.  Upon arriving in Kosovo the students were briefed by UN Senior Political Officer Jolyon Naegele at the headquarters of the UN Interim Mission in Kosovo.  They then visited the Liaison Office of the Hellenic Republic, where they were hosted by Ambassador Nicolaos Kanellos.  Next in line was a tour of the Kosovo Assembly and a briefing by Ramush Tahiri, Chief Advisor to Assembly President Nexhat Daci, and Peter Vanhoutte, Democratization Consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  To close out the day the group had dinner with three diplomats from the US Office Pristina.

On day two the group met first with journalists at Kosovalive News Agency and Agence France Presse Pristina.  They then attended a press conference by Gazmend Pula, Executive Director of the Kosovo Helsinki Monitor.  Following this visit, the group returned to the Kosovo Assembly to confer with Randjel Nojkic, a Serb Minority MP.  The final stop on the trip was a visit to the 14th-century monastery of Gracanica, in an ethnic Serb enclave just outside Pristina.

The trip was organized and led by ACT instructors Nenad Sebek and David Wisner, and was underwritten in part by the Lucy Kulukundis Balkan Study Center at ACT.
This is the second trip the two instructors have arranged to the former Yugoslavia under the auspices of the Kulukundis Center, the first being a one-day visit to Skopje in November 2004.  ACT students have also taken study trips to Athens, Constantinople, and Prague in recent years.

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