Archive for December, 2011
I expect a new Belgrade- Priština meeting to be held in January and I believe that an agreement is already close, EU facilitator Robert Cooper has stated. When asked whether he was satisfied with the Belgrade-Priština dialogue, Cooper said that he was not.
Turkey on Wednesday has allowed Russia to construct South Stream gas pipeline under the Black Sea. At the beginning of December Russia and Turkey discussed many energy issues, including the South Stream project. Ankara was delaying the construction permit in its territorial waters.
Serbia’s Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković says that the government “will absolutely stay on the EU and Kosovo course“. He added that both the EU and Kosovo policy had not failed.
The United States on Tuesday extradited a Muslim Bosnian woman suspected of killing six Croats in 1993 during a war that ripped the region apart, the prosecutor’s office in Sarajevo, Bosnia, said. The woman, Rasema Handanovic, 39, is suspected of taking part in the mass killings of Croatian civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina in April […]
Russia will take all legal measures available to make Bulgaria pay indemnities over the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline project, said Russian Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko. Earlier in December, the Bulgarian government said it will leave the project, which
The Georgian Parliament approved the candidacies of new ambassadors to Greece and Romania on Tuesday. President of Georgia introduced his nominees David Bakradze to Greece and Ilia Giorgadze to Romania to the parliament’s approval. The candidates were interviewed in the committees of the legislative body before they pass approval at the parliament.
It will not be possible for Serbia to become a EU member state without formal recognition of Kosovo, said Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. Jeremic remarked that four foreign ministers of EU member states have told him that. In his words, no one from the international community has considered proposing another option, different from the […]
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a raft of political and military sanctions after French lawmakers adopted a bill criminalising denial of Armenian genocide. Turkey will recall its ambassador from Paris and suspend mutual political visits as well as joint military projects, including joint exercises, said Erdogan.
Estonian diplomat Aivo Orav is the newly appointed Head of the European Union Delegation to Macedonia, Brussels announced. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton appointed Orav on Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit Kosovo on December 19. Merkel’s visit was confirmed by Kosovan Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci. “Merkel is to visit Kosovo on Monday, December 19, to give support to our institutions,” said Kuci.
The exact date of the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to Georgia has not determined yet, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary on Europe and Eurasia Eric Rubin said at the briefing in Tbilisi on Friday.
Romania has given final approval for the building of an anti-ballistic interceptor site in the country as part of a U.S. missile shield. In September, Romania and the U.S. signed an accord to install the interceptors at the Deveselu air base
Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov has joined forces with his counterparts from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia on backing the EU integration of the Republic of Moldova.
President says militants among Kosovo Serbs want to provoke conflict and retard Serbia’s EU accession. Serbia’s President on Thursday warned that Serb extremists in Kosovo
A Russian convoy of 25 trucks transporting 300 tons of aid for Kosovo Serbs has reached its destination at Zvecan after a prolonged standoff at the Kosovo-Serbia border. Seventy-two hours after being stopped at the Kosovo-Serbia border, a Russian convoy transporting humanitarian aid for Serbs in northern Kosovo finally reached its destination
The new Croatian social democratic government is more likely to resolve the outstanding issue of genocide claims. An inter-governmental agreement on genocide claims between Serbia and Croatia may bring both countries
The EU-Russia summit in Brussels has started. The meeting is attended by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and European Commission (EC) President Jase Manuel Barroso. There will be a joint press conference after the talks.
Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan may introduce a single currency in the future within the Eurasian Economic Union between the three former Soviet republics, according to Russian
Skopje government will ask for a change of the decision of NATO and a membership in the alliance under the name of Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Macedonian representatives will present the request at the NATO meeting on January 24-25 in Brussels. The country will ask the ambassadors of the member states to support […]
N. Kosovo Serb leaders presented Wednesday a peace initiative to act as a temporary solution to the current crisis in the province international reps in Kosovo. The Serbs presented the initiative to KFOR, EULEX, UNMIK and OSCE at a regular meeting between the representatives of the local self-governments in northern Kosovo and the international institutions
German Ambassador to Serbia Wolfram Maas has stated that his country has never asked Serbia to recognize Kosovo’s independence. “We have never expected or asked for the Kosovo recognition but we do expect normalization of relations (with Kosovo) from Serbia,” he said.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga signed the Agreement on Protection and Preservation of Certain Cultural Properties. Clinton said the U.S. was committed to the preservation of all of Kosovo’s cultural heritage.
The document on prevention of tension in the Caucasus, drawn up by the co-chairs of Geneva Talks, contains proposals on reaching an agreement on the issue; within document framework, all parties, including Russia, agreed to sign
The Security Council today decided to extend the United Nations peacekeeping force in Cyprus until 19 July 2012, and called on the leadership of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot communities to accelerate the pace of talks aimed at reunification.
At a meeting on Mt Vlasic, representatives of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia discussed the future of the search for and identification of missing persons, and agreed to continue co-operation. Representatives of the International Commission on Missing Persons, ICMP, Bosnia’s Institute for Missing Persons, INO, the Commission for Detained and Missing Persons of the Croatia and
Three Bosnian Muslims, including two active police officers, were arrested Wednesday accused of involvement in the torture of ethnic Croats during the country’s 1992-1995 war, prosecutors said.
The authorities in Skopje launch a diplomatic battle for NATO membership. The government’s strategy was to present the member states with the situation after the ruling of the International Court of Justice. Macedonia will seek support for its NATO entry to be included on the agenda of the NATO summit in Chicago.
Serbia has been asked to recognize Kosovo in order to obtain an EU candidate country status, but it has refused, said Serbian President Boris Tadic. Commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dacic’s statement that Serbia had to recognize Kosovo to get a candidate country status, Boris Tadic said a similar position had been presented, but […]
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stated that the U.S supported united Bosnia-Herzegovina and wanted to see the country make progress next year. She met with Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić in Washington. The U.S. secretary of state said the U.S. believed that Bosnia-Herzegovina would make progress in 2012 and that the situation in […]
Next, the 18th round of discussions on security in the Caucasus will be held in Geneva on Dec. 14. A Georgian delegation headed by the Deputy Foreign Minister Sergi Kapanadze is already there. The negotiations in Geneva format on prevention of tension in the Caucasus will be held with the participation of Russia, Georgia, representatives
The Netherlands is firm on vetoing Bulgaria’s and Romania’s Schengen entry if there is a vote on the matter, according to Gerd Leers, Dutch Minister of Immigration and Asylum Affairs. Leers has spoken Tuesday, before the last for 2011 meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA). According to the Dutch Minister, it is […]
A Russian convoy of about 20 trucks transporting humanitarian aid to Serbs in northern Kosovo has been stopped and checked on the Kosovo-Serbia border at Jarinje. European police and customs officers in Kosovo stopped a convoy of about 20 trucks allegedly transporting humanitarian aid from Russia to the Serbs of northern Kosovo. The convoy
Minister of Agriculture and Trade Dušan Petrović says Serbia “will not back down from Resolution 1244″ when it comes to regional representation of Kosovo. The government believes this is a legitimate position, he said on Tuesday in Belgrade.
Joint Bulgarian-Romanian police units are starting patrols in the largest Bulgarian Black Sea resort Bansko as of December 13, the Interior Ministry announced. The joint patrols are stipulated under an agreement between the police authorities of
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday addressed Turkey’s bid to join the EU by saying that the organization “must first unite the European family”. “Removing reservations” toward Turkey’s European perspective would not make Europe’s tasks easier in the current crisis, he was quoted as saying.