Idea discussed by presidents of Serbia and Kosovo has met with international opposition and criticism from politicians at home.
The controversial Turkish leader has been building economic bridges with the region but is his engagement in its best long-term interests?
August 4 was the deadline for the Kosovan authorities to establish the Community of Serb Municipalities, an important step in the EU-mediated normalisation process between Belgrade and Pristina.
"Kosovo's Mandela" spent a total of 28 years in prison for his resistance first to the communist regime in the former Yugoslavia and later to Serb rule in Kosovo.
Newco Ferronikeli stopped operations four months ago after operating at only part of its capacity for the previous 18 months as it was affected by low nickel prices.