Archive for June, 2012
Dick Marty, Council of Europe rapporteur, might not testify in the Medicus case, since the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE has not lifted his immunity.According to the reports from the Serbian state news agency Tanjug, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has unanimously declined to discuss lifting of Marty’s immunity thereby preventing him […]
Leaders of the Progressives and the Socialists have agreed that new government will have 15 ministries and said its final composition and agenda would be made clear within a fortnight.Ivica Dacic, Serbia’s Socialist Prime Minister elect and Aleksandar Vucic, leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, have agreed that the future coalition government will have 15 […]
The EU opened accession negotiations with Montenegron on Friday – the start of which are being marked in the country with the issue of commemorative stamps and a celebratory cocktail party.At its summit on Friday, the European Council confirmed Tuesday’s decision of the EU General Affairs Council to open membership talks with the Adriatic republic. […]
Attack on convoy of Serb buses that left 16 children injured while returning home from a commemoration ceremony has been condemned by the UN, NATO, Serbia and Kosovo itself.Kosovo and Serbian leaders along with the UN and NATO have condemned an attack on buses carrying Serbs home from Battle of Kosovo commemorations, describing it as […]
Ljubco Georgievski and Branko Crvenkovski, whose bitter political rivalry dominated the 1990s, agreed on Thursday to cooperate in unseating the VMRO-DPMNE-led government of Nikola Gruevski.Two former prime ministers, from opposing ends of the political spectrum, after a meeting on Thursday in Skopje said they were ready to put aside old grievances to work on ending […]
The Hague Tribunal has rejected Radovan Karadzic’s request to be freed of all charges contained in the indictment, save for one count.The judges of the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, say that the prosecution has presented enough evidence to find Karadzic, former Bosnian Serb leader, guilty of ten out of total 11 counts of indictment, including the […]
The President of Montenegro and the Minister of the Interior spoke to the delegation of the regional NGO, promising the country will host its next conference and actively follow its recommendations.President Filip Vujanovic and Interior Minister Ivan Brajovic met on Wednesday with Branko Lukovac, Aleksandar Popov, Vehid Sekic, Branislav Radulovic and Tanja Bakalbasic, representatives and […]
A new nameless equestrian statue in Skopje has angered some on account of its striking resemblance to Todor Aleksandrov, a controversial figure in Macedonian history.The five-metre statue financed by the Ministry of Culture and erected in the Skopje municipality of Kisela Voda is officially entitled “Macedonian equestrian revolutionary”. But to many, including Macedonia’s opposition Social […]
Macedonia is stirring negative propaganda against Greece, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Gregory Delavekouras said, in response to ‘genocide’ remarks by Macedonia’s leader.Athens has responded critically following a recent interview with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski in which he accused Greece of having waged “political genocide” against Macedonia for 20 years.
The high-level dialogue between Bosnian leaders and the European Commissioner for Enlargement on June 27 in Brussels ended with the handing over of a ‘road map’ containing a list of obligations and deadlines.he head of Bosnia’s tripartite Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, Vjekoslav Bevanda, the state Prime Minister, along with prime ministers of the two entities and […]
All Montenegrin leaders and parties received the good news from Luxembourg about a start date for membership negotiations with joy, though they know negotiations won’t be easy.Officials in Podgorica have not disguised their joy following Tuesday’s decision of the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg to open membership talks with Montenegro. The decision must now […]
The ruling centre-right GERB party is pushing for amendments to electoral legislation that could stand it in good stead in the 2013 general elections.The ruling centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, is pushing for new amendments to the election law that may benefit in next year’s general election.
New parliamentary majority in the Federation entity, led by the Social Democrats, has voted to dismiss the President and Vice-President of the parliament and appoint new men.Deputies of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, the Alliance for a Better Future, SBB, the Croatian Democratic Union, HDZ and its sister party HDZ 1990 – and two MPs […]
The High Representative for Bosnia has asked Bosniak and Croat victims associations and the Bosnian Serb mayor to find a compromise which would allow a “dignified commemoration” for the families of those killed 20 years ago.Valentin Inzko visited the northern town of Prijedor on Tuesday, where he met the town’s mayor, Marko Pavic, and eight […]
The head of the state government has dismissed two ministers and a deputy minister, acting on the demand of the ruling Social Democrats that the Party of Democratic Action, SDA, should leave government now that their coalition is over.Bosnia’s Prime Minister, Vjekoslav Bevanda, dismissed Sadik Ahmetovic, Security Minister, Muhamed Ibrahimovic, Defence Minister, and Fuad Kasumovic, […]
Tirana Police Chief Bernard Caushaj announced on Monday that police had sequestered more than four million euro in assets from two convicted narcotics traffickers.“Based on the evidence collected we sequestered more than 4 million euro in assets, consisting of two luxury hotels, bars, apartments and land titles,” Police Chief Caushaj said, underlining that the operation […]
As the descendants of Milan Nedic, leader of a Nazi-backed puppet government, request restitution of his property, historians remain split over his role in history.Descendents of Milan Nedic, leader of a Nazi-backed puppet government in Serbia during World War II, have filed a claim to the Serbian agency for the restitution of property. They seek […]
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has dismissed Dick Marty’s report on organ trafficking during the Kosovo war, saying it was influenced by Belgrade.“When I learned that the major part of the report was written [by Serb Prosecutor Vladimir] Vukcevic, I felt dismayed,” Berisha said, responding to MPs’ questions in the General Assembly of the Council […]
Civil society organizations have asked the Bosnian Statistics Agency to change the 2013 census form and remove what they see as discriminatory elements from questions about nationality, religion and language.Three questions in the upcoming census need to be changed in terms of the offered answers and the formulation of the question, a discussion over the […]
Athens is failing to focus on meaningful regional issues, Foreign Minister says, referring to decision of Greek border staff to cover up the letters “MK” on any Macedonian cars entering Greece.Foreign Minister Nikola Popovski was the first senior Macedonian official to react, after Greek border guards last week begun covering the letters “MK” on Macedonian […]
After a dig recently uncovered several mammoths skeletons in eastern Serbia, archaeologists have now run into some human graves that contain golden objects.Only a week after uncovering the remains of five or six mammoth skeletons at a dig at Viminacium, a site in eastern Serbia, archaeologists have stumbled across human graves containing golden objects.
Bosniaks are soon to have their own municipality, with a choice of two localities currently under consideration for the plan, one in the west and the other in the southeast.Kosovo’s Bosniak minority is soon to run its own municipality, which has been made possible by the decentralization programme, President Atifete Jahjaga has announced. Vitomirica in […]
As Montenegro’s National Security Agency, the ANB, asks Bosnian police to back up claims that its employees had ties to a suspected drug dealer, Montenegrin minister says the main responsibility for investigating Naser Kelmendi lies with Bosnia.Montenegro’s national security agency, the ANB, has asked Dragan Lukac, head of Bosnia’s Federal Police, to forward data backing […]
A controversial Montenegrin businessman has been killed in an explosion that occurred in Cara Dusana St in central Belgrade on Friday.Several glass windows in buildings in central Belgrade shattered after a blast, which may have been a bomb, destroyed two vehicles on Friday. Serbian public broadcaster RTS reported that the blast claimed one victim, named […]
As the summer season starts, Bulgaria hopes to lure more foreigners to spend their vacation on the Black Sea.Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, said the country expects 10 per cent growth in the number of tourists visiting the Balkan country this summer. Dobrev is convinced that growth rates in this sector will […]
As Montenegro waits to find out whether the European Council will approve a start to negotiations with the EU, its officials are intensifying their meetings with representatives of the EU and the member states.One week before the European Council meeting that is expected to decide the fate of Montenegro’s talks, Andrija Pejovic, Montenegro’s chief negotiator […]
Adrian Nastase is in a stable situation after trying to shoot himself in the neck, but he will have to stay some weeks in hospital, doctors have said.Former Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who shot himself on June 20 evening in an attempt to avoid being arrested, underwent surgery on Thursday and is now in a […]
Ethnic minorities, Roma especially, are failing to benefit much from Bosnia’s EU integration process, a conference in Sarajevo heard.Minorities are failing to benefit from the country’s EU integration process, Bosnia’s Council of National Minorities, CNM, and the Roma Information Center, Kali Sara, RIC, have said.
Activists from the Vetevendosje [Self-determination] movement threw tomatoes at an EU delegation, which came to discuss the continuation of Kosovo’s dialogue with Serbia.Hundreds of activists from the opposition Vetevendosja Movement protested and threw rotten tomatoes at the delegation led by the European Union envoy for the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue, Robert Cooper.
The Bosnian State police have arrested Bosnian Serbs Ostoja Stanisic and Marko Milosevic, under suspicion that they took part in the Srebrenica genocide in July 1995.Stanisic and Milosevic were arrested by the State Investigation and Protection Agency, SIPA, in the territory of Zvornik.
Macedonia’s parliament passed a new Lustration law on Wednesday evening which aims to purge former police informants from public offices.The law submitted by the main ruling centre-right VMRO DPMNE party was also endorsed by their junior partners, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI. The opposition Social Democrats voted against it.
Testifying at the trial of Nazim Bllaca, a self-proclaimed former SHIK assassin, Kadri Veseli said Bllaca never worked for the agency, which didn’t carry out assassinations in any case.The former director of the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, SHIK, Kadri Veseli, told the court that Nazim Bllaca a self-confessed former SHIK assassin, was never an agent for […]
Adrian Nastase is now in hospital, after a two-year jail sentence for siphoning off state funds apparently drove him to try to take his own life.Adrian Nastase is now in hospital, after a two-year jail sentence for siphoning off state funds apparently drove him to try to take his own life.
Delyan Dobrev, Bulgaria’s Energy Minister, has announced that Bulgaria will start the construction of a cross-border gas link with Romania in August.The gas interconnector, which will cross the river Danube at Ruse/Giurgiu, is being developed jointly by Bulgartransgaz and its Romanian counterpart Transgaz. Some experts have described the 25-km gas interconnector as the least significant […]
Overview The Arab 2011 upheavals and the follow-up developments, as well as the Western and regional political actors’ renewed efforts aimed to end the Afghan armed conflict, are bringing to the analysts’ attention the evolution of Islamism in Central Asia and the Indian sub-continent. Most analysts followed closely the contacts between the Afghan Taliban insurgents […]