Archive for November, 2012

Mixed International Reactions to Haradinaj’s Acquittal

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

The international reaction to the Hague Tribunal acquittal of the former Kosovo PM, Ramush Haradinaj, mirrors the mixed reactions in the region.The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule, has said that the EU would not comment on Haradinaj’s acquittal, as the EU did not want to interfere in the work of the ICTY. “In this […]

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Serbia Breaks Balkan Ranks on Palestine Vote

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Serbia was the only country in the region to support Palestine’s bid for upgraded observer status in the UN on Thursday’s vote.Serbia was the only Balkan country to support Palestine’s successful bid on Thursday for non-member observer status in the UN. Member states voted 138-9 in favour of the vote, with 41 countries abstaining. Israel […]

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Reclusive North Korea Salutes Albanian Birthday

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Noting the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence, Kim Yong Nam, reclusive leader of North Korea, sent greetings to President Bujar Nishani on Wednesday.“Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, Wednesday sent a message of greeting to Albanian President Bujar Nishani on the occasion of the national day,” Pyongyang’s KCNA […]

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Bulgaria Sets Terms For Aiding Macedonia’s EU Bid

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Sofia has urged its neighbour to take three clear steps if it wants to secure Bulgarian support for Macedonia’s EU integration process.Bulgaria has set its neighbour three conditions in return for its support in aiding Macedonian integration into the European Union. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov sent a letter to his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Poposki […]

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Macedonia Hopeful After Haradinaj’s Acquittal

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Many Macedonians hope that Johan Tarculovski, the only Macedonian national convicted for war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, could soon be released following the recent acquittals of Kosovo’s Ramush Haradinaj and Croatia’s Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac.“Free Johan immediately!”, “Only our Johan remains to rot in jail”, and “End the Hague’s double standards”, are some […]

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Balkan States Cool on Palestine’s UN Bid

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Most Balkan countries appeared likely to abstain from Thursday’s vote on upgrading Palestine’s status, which looked set to pass the General Assembly easily.Most Balkan countries looked set to abstain from Thursday’s vote on Palestine’s request for upgraded observer status at the United Nations. The General Assembly appeared likely to endorse Palestine’s request on Thursday, despite […]

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Romanian Online Shopper Sold for $80m

Friday, November 30, 2012 Comments Off

Naspers has expanded its online holdings by purchasing Romania’s main online retailer.The South African-based media conglomerate Naspers has paid 80 million US dollars for a majority stake in the Romanian site emag.ro, media reported. This is one of the largest transactions in the Romanian online sector so far. Emag.ro was launched 11 years ago and […]

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Bulgaria to Stress Innovation Investments in 2014-2020 Programming Period

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

In the next 2014-2020 programming period, Bulgaria will allocate the main portion of funds under Operational Program Competitiveness to innovations and energy efficiency, according to Delyan Dobrev, Minister of Economy, Energy, and Tourism. Speaking Thursday during an international forum on industry and innovations, he argued that these sustainable solutions would guarantee economic development and a […]

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Hague Tribunal Acquits Kosovo’s Haradinaj

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

The Hague Tribunal, ICTY, has passed non-guilty verdict in the retrial of former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and two more ex Kosovo Liberation Army, KLA, commanders.Haradinaj, former Prime Minister of Kosovo, and his two co-defendants, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj, are acquitted of all charges of committing war crimes during the Kosovo conflict of […]

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Cleric’s Call for United Albania Upsets Macedonia

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

Albanians will one day live in united state, as that is God’s will, the head of Macedonia’s Islamic Religious Community, IVZ, Sulejman Rexhepi, has told an interviewer.Macedonian leaders have condemned the the country’s leading Muslim cleric for calling for a pan-Albanian state. Speaking to an Albanian-language newspaper, Zhurnal Plus, Rexhepi said:

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Serbia Fears Delay to Start of EU Talks

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

Serbian Prime Minister says Serbia may still get a date to start EU accession talks this year, but it might not happen until 2014.Ivica Dacic said that Serbia could still get a date for a start to EU accession talks in the first half of 2013 if the European Council gives a positive opinion, known […]

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Bosnia Entity Ministers Face Sack for Blocking Budget

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

Federation entity Premier Nermin Niksic said he may dismiss eight ministers who did not show up at Wednesday’s government session, which thus failed to adopt a 2013 budget.The entity Prime Minister, Nermin Niksic, of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, said he might dismiss eight of his 14 ministers for not showing up at the government […]

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Macedonian Lustration Endangering Rights, Panel

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

The lustration process is being conducted contrary to Constitutional Court rulings and is violating human rights, a round table in Skopje organized by the Open Society-Macedonia foundation heard.“Lustration is hampering human rights and undermining [Macedonia's] security system” by exposing an informants’ network, Vladimir Pivovoarov, a law professor at FON University, told the panel.

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Serbian Embassies Told to Show President’s Picture

Thursday, November 29, 2012 Comments Off

Order to place picture of President Nikolic on embassy walls draws mocking response from some at home.Serbia’s Foreign Ministry has told embassies and diplomatic missions across the world to place a photograph of President Tomislav Nikolic on an appropriate wall. “We inform you that it is necessary that in appropriate premises (Head Office, reception lounge, […]

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Albania Ditches Lamb Slaughter at Independence Party

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Following criticism of the idea, the Albanian government has shelved plans to slaughter 1,000 lambs to mark the 100th independence anniversary on Wednesday.The idea for a mass slaughter of lambs was proposed by the Prime Minister, Sali Berisha. But it does not appear in the official calendar of festivities published by the Municipality of Tirana, […]

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EU Criticises Kosovo Reactions to Klecka Retrial

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Following the condemnation by the Kosovar government of Fatmir Limaj’s detention, EU says that political interference in judicial processes in unacceptable.According to Michael Mann, Chief Spokesperson for EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, current political interference in the judicial processes in Kosovo is unacceptable. “EULEX [EU Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo] was invited by the […]

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Romania Releases New Adoption Figures

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Over 700 Romanian children have been adopted so far in 2012, while some 1,200 families have been cleared for adoption in the country, officials have announced.Romania eased adoption regulations in April, following adoption of a new law aimed at encouraging more adoptions. The goal is to slash the number of children kept in the country’s […]

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US Official and Serbian PM Agree Kosovo Talks

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State and Serbia’s Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, agreed on the need to continue EU-led Belgrade-Pristina talks.As part of a regular working visit to the Balkans, Deputy Assistant US Secretary of State Philip Reeker met with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic in Belgrade on Tuesday to discuss the Kosovo issue. The […]

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Hadzic’s Trial: Witness Recalls Lovas Atrocities

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

At the trial of the former Croatian Serb leader, Goran Hadzic, a protected witness has recalled being forced to walk through a minefield as a human shield in Croatia in 1991.The protected witness, GH-059, was living in the Croatian village of Loves when it was occupied by Serb forces in the autumn of 1991. He […]

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Digital Age Presents Challenge For Montenegro Broadcaster

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Marking 68 years since the first radio station started in Montenegro, the head of the public broadcaster, RTCG, says many challenges lie ahead, starting with digitalisation and financial stability.Speaking at the celebration on Tuesday in Podgorica, Rade Vojvodic, head of RTCG, addressed the many challenges facing the country’s oldest broadcaster. These include digitalisation as well […]

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No Verdicts in Croatia Over Operation Storm

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Croatia has prosecuted 27 war crimes perpetrated during and after Operation Storm in 1995, but none has yet ended in a verdict.According to the Croatian state prosecutor, published in the media on Tuesday, November 27, war-crimes cases linked to Operation Storm are in different phases of prosecution. Two are in the trial phase, concerning the […]

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Bosnian Army Marks Anniversary on Less Cash

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Marking their seventh anniversary, Bosnia’s Armed Forces complain of having the same number of staff and same obligations as before, but on a lower budget.Marking the seventh anniversary of the armed forces, Bosnia’s Defence Ministry said it is proud of the help that Bosnian soldiers have provided during natural disasters and on missions in international […]

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Macedonia Taps Chinese Funds for Transport

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Comments Off

Macedonia initialled a Chinese loan that will be used to build more motorway stretches, the Transport Minister said at Tuesday’s signing ceremony.“The agreement gives priority to infrastructure projects like road and railway networks, bridges, energy and telecommunications facilities… [and] encourages cooperation among banks and companies from both countries”, Macedonian Transport Minister Mile Janakieski explained at […]

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Albania Parties in Honour of Century of Independence

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

Albanians are marking the 100th anniversary of their country’s independence with concerts, exhibitions, fairs and new monuments in the capital, Tirana, and in Vlora.The festivities in Tirana began on Monday with the inauguration of a mosaic of the Albanian flag, with stones collected from battlefields linked to the struggle for independence a century ago.

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Fule Downbeat on Bosnia’s EU Integration

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule says Bosnia did not take the key steps that were needed for it to submit a credible EU membership application.Following the second High-Level Dialogue on Bosnia’s EU integration process, the Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fule, said Bosnia had not met its main commitments undertaken at the first meeting in June in […]

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Vucic Warns Serbia of ‘Painful’ Kosovo Decisions

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

First Deputy PM and Defence Minister Aleksandar Vucic says ‘everything that happens regarding Kosovo will be painful for Serbia’.Vucic delivered his stark warning ahead of a series of diplomatic meetings over the next two weeks “that will largely determine the course of events” on Kosovo. After a meeting with the Italian Defence Minister, Giampaolo Di […]

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Bosnia’s High Representative Denies Dodik Probe

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

Valentin Inzko denies Croatian journalist’s claim that an investigation into Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik and his son Igor has been launched in Austria or Germany.The international community’s High Representative has denied a journalist’s claims that anti-corruption investigations have been initiated against the President of the Republika Srpska, the Serb-dominated entity in Bosnia.

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Montenegro: Konik Refugees Move into Containers

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

Refugees from Kosovo residing in Montenegro’s capital, whose barracks were burnt down in July’s fire, have been re-housed in more than 200 containers, until permanent homes for them are built.The installation of containers in the Konik camp, the largest refugee camp in the Balkans, which hosts around 1,500 mainly Roma refugees from Kosovo, was successfully […]

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EU Official Commends Croatia As Accession Nears

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele has said that he expects Croatia to successfully complete the bloc’s accession requirements ahead of its July 2013 admission date.Speaking in Zagreb on Monday, Fuele said he was also confident that Croatia would create a positive atmosphere for the EU aspirations of its neighbours. Zagreb is expected to join the […]

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Yugoslav People’s Army Controlled Lovas, Witness Says

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

The trial of the former Croatian Serb leader, Goran Hadzic, has continued on Monday with a testimony of a survivor of war crimes committed in the Croatian village of Lovas in 1991.Ivan Mujovic, a villager from Lovas, recalled the occupation of his village by the Serb forces in October and November 1991. Mujovic said that […]

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Romanian NGO Issues Blacklist of Unfit Politicians

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 Comments Off

Report names politicians running in next month’s parliamentary elections who once worked for the secret police, held senior positions in the former ruling Communist Party or have convictions for corruption.The Alliance for a Clean Romania, ARC, on Monday released a list of politicians that it says are either corrupt, or have conflicts of interests, or […]

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Kosovo Calls for Punishment of Wartime Rapes

Monday, November 26, 2012 Comments Off

Kosovo has marked the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women with a call for all perpetrators of sexual violence that took place during the Kosovo war to be punished.Kosovo’s president, Atifete Jahjaga, has urged institutions to strengthen existing mechanisms in order to “help victims of the war – especially raped women” with their […]

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Belgrade Protest Over Croatian Generals Acquittal

Monday, November 26, 2012 Comments Off

Under the auspices of the government, a protest march was held in Belgrade on Sunday against the acquittal of two Croatian generals by the Hague Tribunal.The protesters submitted a petition demanding a special parliamentary session to discuss the acquittal of the Croatian generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. On November 16, the Hague Tribunal, ICTY, […]

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Belgrade Mayor Djilas Takes Over Helm of Democrats

Monday, November 26, 2012 Comments Off

Following months of political bickering within the Democratic Party, Dragan Djilas, has been elected the party’s new leader.Dragan Djilas was elected as the new leader of the opposition Democratic Party, DS, at an early party electoral assembly in Belgrade’s Sava Center on Sunday. He received 2,386 votes, while his rival, Branimir Kuzmanovic, got 368 votes.

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Serbia Arrests Another Ex Minister for Abuse of Office

Monday, November 26, 2012 Comments Off

The former Agriculture Minister, Sasa Dragin, and eight more people have been detained on suspicion of abuse of office, as a part of Serbia’s drive to root out corruption.Dragin and other eight suspects were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of abuse of office involving illegal sale of mineral fertilizers which resulted in 4.5 million euros […]

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