BIRN Team at Youth Conference in Becici

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A conference ‘LinKS’, which brings together young people from Kosovo and Serbia, will be held in Becici, Montenegro, March 4-6. 2011. Three BIRN members: Kaltrina Hoxha,a Project assistant, Shengjyl Osmani a researcher for Prishtina Insight and Balkan Insight  and Elizabeta Murati an intern at BIRN Kosovo will participate in the debates at the conference.

The conference will examine the responsibility of politicians, the media, civil society and youth in developing better relationships between Belgrade and Pristina; freedom of movement; the status of minority communities in both countries; cooperation among youth groups; prejudices that prevent positive relations between the two communities. About a hundred young people from Serbia and Kosovo (members of political parties, civil society, journalists, and students) will take part in the March conference.

The goal of the conference, organised by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights from Kosovo and Serbia, is to show that a constructive dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is not only necessary but possible.

The organisers hope that dialogue will create new bonds among the young people of the region, and offer up new ideas and topics that the governments in both Kosovo and Serbia can include in their own programmes.