Archive for January, 2013

Kosovo Serbs Denounce Integration and ‘Traitors’

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

Disturbed by EU-led talks between Serbia and Kosovo, locals in the Serb-run north of Kosovo held a protest in Mitrovica to remind the world that they want no part of independent Kosovo.Serbs from the north of Kosovo staged a protest in the divided town of Mitrovica on Wednesday, holding banners that read, “Only traitors give […]

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Serbia and Bosnia Sign War Crimes Deal

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

After more than a year’s delay, Serbian and Bosnian prosecutors finally endorsed an agreement to work together to prosecute war crime cases.“From now on, for war criminals in the region, there are no borders behind which they can hide. Now we have the opportunity to efficiently protect the rights of victims,” said Vladimir Vukcevic, Serbia’s […]

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Mediator Hopeful After Macedonia-Greece Talks

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

The UN mediator in the ‘name’ dispute, Matthew Nimetz, sounded optimistic after wrapping up a fresh round of talks with both sides in New York – but provided no details.After a two-hour joint meeting with Macedonia’s negotiator, Zoran Jolevski and Greece’s Adamantios Vassilakis, UN mediator Nimetz said he saw signs of hope. This was because […]

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Balkans ‘Making No Progress on Human Rights’

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

Human Rights Watch said Balkan states were still not properly addressing issues like war crimes, the abuse of ethnic minorities and refugees’ rights to return home.There was no significant improvement in human rights protection in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo and Serbia in 2012, the New York-based campaign group said in its annual report on more […]

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Serbia PM Files Charges Over ‘Basic Instinct’ Prank

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

Prime Minister Ivica Dacic wants to punish a TV crew who subjected him to public ridicule by conning him into a fake interview with a semi-naked model.Ivica Toncev, the prime minister’s special adviser for national security, said on Thursday that Dacic was taking legal action against those who violated the law and the Serbian journalists’ […]

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Bosnia Canton Implements Key Rights Ruling

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly has changed its constitution to allow ethnic minorities the same rights as the three major ethnic groups.Lawmakers in the Sarajevo Cantonal Assembly adopted changes to their Constitution on January 30 and gave the same rights to minorities as to constituent peoples thus implementing the Sejdic and Finci ruling. The 2009 European Court […]

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Croatia and Slovenia Vow to Solve Bank Row

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

A bilateral row about a liquidated bank, which threatens to derail Croatia’s EU accession in July, could soon be solved, the Croatian and Slovenian foreign ministers said on Wednesday.After a two-hour meeting in Brussels, the Croatian and Slovenian foreign ministers have agreed to meet again on February 6 with financial experts from both countries, saying […]

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Balkan States Unite to Tackle EU Asylum Concerns

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

Six Western Balkan states have vowed to cooperate in solving the problem of illegal immigrants to EU countries, following threats to reintroduce visas to the region.Leaders of six Western Balkan countries have concluded that closer cooperation will overcome the problem of people wrongly seeking asylum in Western Europe. At a gathering in Sarajevo on January […]

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Albania Slashes Interest Rate to Historic Low

Thursday, January 31, 2013 Comments Off

The central bank cut the key benchmark interest rate on Wednesday by 0.25 per cent to a historic low of 3.75 per cent in an effort to kick start the stagnating economy.“Economic activity remains below potential and sources of growth are unstable,” the central bank governor, Ardian Fullani, said, explaining the latest cut in interests […]

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Russia Opposes Changes to Balkan Borders

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

The Russian Foreign Minister has dimissed the Albanian Prime Minister’s call for an eventual unification of all Albanians in one state, saying too much blood has been spilled in the region already.Sergei Lavrov said that any redrawing of borders in Europe is unacceptable, and that fully refers to the situation in the Balkans, “where much […]

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Kosovo Arrests Five for Serb Grave Desecrations

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

“After the arrested were interviewed at the police station, the prosecution sent all the information to the court because there were suspicions about their involvement in the grave demolitions,” Ismet Hasani, spokesperson for Kosovo police in Gjilane, told BIRN. “One of the arrested is an adult, while the other four are under the age of […]

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Serbia Tops Press Freedom List in Balkans

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

A new report on media freedom by Reporters Without Borders has ranked Serbia best in the Balkans – though the outlook for the region generally remains cloudy.Serbia has been ranked in top place in terms of press freedom in the Balkans, standing at 63rd place out of 179 countries covered in the survey. Last year, […]

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Macedonians Protest Over Sky-High Bills

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

Macedonians angered by repeated hikes in their utility bills are to present a petition to parliament on Wednesday.Protesters against high utility bills plan to take to the streets of Skopje on Wednesday before submitting a petition to parliament containing 13,000 signatures collected over recent months. The law says civil initiatives filed to parliament must contain […]

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Serb Women MPs Form Club of Their Own

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

Women members of the Serbian parliament plan to form a cross-party women’s caucus in the parliament to push for sex equality in general.Women parliamentarians in Serbia are forming a team tasked with setting up a cross-party women’s caucus in parliament to promote the cause of gender equality. Dubravka Filipovski, of the New Serbia party, said […]

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Croats Urged to Open Subsidiaries in Bosnia

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comments Off

Bosnia’s Foreign Trade Minister says Croatian companies should open subsidiaries in Bosnia – if they want to retain their markets in the country – once Croatia joins the EU.Mirko Sarovic, Bosnia’s Minister of Foreign Trade, on January 29 expressed concern that Bosnia will lose access to the Croatian market, and vice versa, once Croatia joins […]

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Bosnia’s New Prosecutor Vows to Tackle War Crimes

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

Dealing with a backlog of hundreds of pending war crimes investigations will be a top priority, said Bosnia’s newly-appointed chief prosecutor Goran Salihovic.Salihovic, who takes office on Friday, said he wanted to speed up approximately 600 war crimes investigations which are currently pending at the Bosnian state prosecutor’s office. He said that the closing of […]

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Albania Govt Signs US Lobby Firm Ahead of Poll

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

As Albania’s government signs a new contract with the Washington-based law and lobbyist firm Patton Boggs, to improve its image in the US ahead of the June elections, questions remain about the sources of funding for parties’ PR agencies.The consulting firm has represented Albania’s government several times and also served as an adviser in the […]

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Bosnia Federation President Mulls Fresh Elections

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

As the crisis in Bosnia’s Federation entity continues, its president, Zivko Budimir, has suggested new elections and the appointment of an entirely new government.Zivko Budimir said the best solution for the political crisis in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of two autonomous entities in the country, would be early elections. The ethnic Croat […]

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Romania Given More Time To Meet IMF Demands

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

Romania is to get two more months to hit its agreed goals with the IMF, ater falling behind with several targets.The IMF is granting Romania two extra months, until June, to meet its commitments, after falling behind in some of its targets connected to a 5 billion euro aid plan. “Romania has requested extending the […]

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Fresh Macedonia ‘Name’ Talks Start in New York

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

The UN envoy in the Macedonia-Greece ‘name’ dispute, Matthew Nimetz, is sounding confident of a compromise ahead of fresh talks, which follow his recent visit to the region.UN mediator Nimetz will meet Macedonia’s negotiator, Zoran Jolevski and Greece’s Adamantios Vassilakis separately and then at a joint discussion on Tuesday and Wednesday, the UN said. The […]

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Croatia Fears Slovenia Will Delay EU Accession

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

As time run shorts for Slovenia to ratify Croatia’s EU accession – if Croatia is to join the European club on July 1, as planned – leaders from both countries are to meet this week.”If Slovenia doesn’t ratify Croatia’s accession agreement soon, Croatia won’t join the EU on July 1, and all Croatian and Slovenian […]

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African Union allocates $50 million aid for Mali operation

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

The African Union announced on Monday that it will allocate around $50 million to support the military operation in Mali, aimed to retake control of northern parts of the country from Islamist militants. The Union estimated that the entire intervention will cost around $450 million. “For the first time in the history of the African […]

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Thousands in Kosovo Protest Decani Ruling

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

Some 2,000 locals living near the famous Serbian Orthodox monastery in western Kosovo protested against a court decision which they said unfairly favoured the monastery.Some 2,000 locals living near the famous Serbian Orthodox monastery in western Kosovo protested against a court decision which they said unfairly favoured the monastery.Thousands of locals in Decani in western […]

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French President says military operation will be a success

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Comments Off

The French Defense Minister has announced that city of Timbuktu, city of Gao and the area in between are now under control of French troops. These cities were under Islamist control for almost one year. In a news conference on Monday, France President Francois Hollande said: “We are winning in Mali”, but stressed that in […]

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Yugoslav Army General Admits Kosovo War Crimes

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Yugoslav Army general Dragoljub Ojdanic confessed that he committed war crimes against Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s and withdrew his appeal against his Hague conviction.“I fully accept all of the findings made in the judgment [against me]. All that remains is for me to serve out my sentence,” said a letter signed by Ojdanic […]

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Macedonia, Serbia to Hold Joint Government Session

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

The two governments will hold their first-ever joint meeting in Belgrade in May in an attempt to boost cooperation and economic ties.Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic told a press conference in Skopje on Monday that the planned joint government session would help push forward mutual economic projects. The two […]

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Albanian Parties Trade Jibes Ahead of Elections

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Albania’s Socialists accused the ruling Democrats of planning to rig the June 23 polls while the governing party claimed the opposition was trying to spark another crisis.As the political environment heated up ahead of the parliamentary elections, Socialist Party leader Edi Rama said the government was planning to rig the vote because the ruling Democrats […]

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Bosniaks Call for Global Srebrenica Genocide Day

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

The World Bosniak Forum has asked the UN secretary general to commemorate the wartime massacres by declaring July 11 International Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day.The United Nations should officially mark the worst killings of the Bosnian conflict, said Mustafa Ceric, president of the World Bosniak Forum, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon […]

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Bulgarian Nuclear Power Plant Referendum Flops

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Bulgarians voted in favour of building a new nuclear power station but the referendum failed to achieve a high enough turnout to make it valid.The country’s first referendum of the post-communist era is expected to be declared invalid after a mere 21 per cent of eligible voters turned out on Sunday to cast their ballots […]

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Montenegro Trade Unions Protest Over Crisis Tax

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Union members rallied in front of the Montenegrin parliament on Monday against government plans to raise income tax to tackle a growing budget deficit.The unions said the plan to bring in higher taxes in order to help plug the hole in Montenegro’s budget was unfair to the poor and called on MPs not to vote […]

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Croatia Arrests Six Over Zagreb Explosion

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Police have detained six men for causing a minor explosion in the main square of the Croatian capital, but said their motive was not political.The capital’s police commander Goran Burusic told a press conference on Sunday that the accused “agreed in December last year that they would detonate an explosive device in Zagreb’s main square”. […]

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Bosnian Town Scraps ‘Tax on Sunshine’

Monday, January 28, 2013 Comments Off

Local authorities in Tuzla in north-east Bosnia are to cancel a law which forces solar energy generators to pay them to use the sun as a power source.Tuzla’s cantonal government said this week that it would scrap the legislation, which decreed that people using solar panels to generate electricity for commercial purposes must pay the […]

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Pakistan’s attorney general says 700 people are held without trial

Saturday, January 26, 2013 Comments Off

Irfan Qadir, Pakistan’s attorney general, said that the country is holding around 700 possible militants without trial in camps along the border with Afghanistan. The attorney made this statement during a hearing in front of the Supreme Court

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Giant Mother Teresa to Adorn Macedonian Capital

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

The spree in erecting giant monuments in Skopje continues as Macedonian authorities lay grounds for a new 30-metre-high statue dedicated to the Nobel Prize-winning nun.The statue of the late nun, who was born in Skopje to an ethnic Albanian family but spent most of her life in India, is to be erected on Skopje’s main […]

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Serb War Victims Address Hague Over ‘Unjust’ Acquittals

Friday, January 25, 2013 Comments Off

Serbs who suffered in the 1990s conflicts sent a letter to the Hague Tribunal saying recent verdicts acquitting Croatian and Kosovo officials of war crimes were politically biased.“The verdicts of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [ICTY] in the cases against Gotovina, Markac and Haradinaj made the idea of justice pointless and undermined […]

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