Two developments today for 'Balkan enthusiasts'. (1) It has been announced that Ibrahim Rugova, President of Kosov@, died this morning (21 Jan). REUTERS LINK Dr Rugova had been ill for some time. Earlier this week, Epoka e re touted former UCK and PDK figure Mr Fatmir Limaj as a suitable successor to Rugova. LINK Mr Limaj was the leading defendant in the recent 'Lapusnik Prison Camp' trial at the Hague, in which he and one other accused were acquitted. (2) IWPR have just reported that the prosecution have filed an appeal against the two acquittals, and against sentence in the case of the third co-accused. IWPR LINK Meanwhile, I understand that talks on the future status of the province are due to start next week - 25 Jan. Edit: BBC report talks postponed to February. Apart from postponement, talks unlikely to be affected directly by demise of Dr Rugova, which had been expected.