Archive for April, 2014

Bosnian Fighter Demands Bosanski Brod Killings Acquittal

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

Former Croatian Defence Forces fighter Zemir Kovacevic is not guilty of killings, looting and the illegal detention of Serb civilians in the village of Sijekovac in 1992, his defence said.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnia Witness Recalls Visegrad Wartime Rape

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

A witness told the war crimes trial of Bosnian Serb ex-soldier Vitomir Rackovic that the defendant took her to the village of Crnca, where she was raped.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Russia’s Putin is No ‘New Milosevic’

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The language used about Russian meddling in Ukraine is grossly disproportionate and an insult to the victims of the wars in ex-Yugoslavia.

This was posted under category: Balkans, Bosnia Hertegovina

Bosnia Investigators Search Gorazde Police Veterans’ HQ

Friday, April 25, 2014 Comments Off

The Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency searched the building as part of an investigation into alleged crimes against Serbs in the area during the 1990s war.

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Croatia President: All War Crimes Must Be Punished

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

President Ivo Josipovic said that many war crimes still remain unprosecuted, sending the wrong message to Croatian society and to future generations. “The message that no crime can remain unpunished is important to future generations and to our society over the next few decades,” Josipovic told a round-table discussion on war crimes prosecutions in Zagreb […]

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Pro-Russian Separatists in Moldova Alarm Romania

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

After Moldova’s breakaway Transnistria region on Wednesday sought to join Russia, Romania’s President repeated that Romania firmly upholds Moldova’s territorial integrity. As armed clashes worsen in eastern Ukraine, and after parliament in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria on Wednesday formally asked to join Russia, Romania has expressed growing concern about the situation on its […]

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Macedonia PM Accused of Bribery Over Bank Sale

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

Amid a tense election campaign in Macedonia, the main opposition party has claimed that the Prime Minister expedited the sale of bank to a shady Serbian businessman for a hefty bribe. Macedonia’s opposition Social Democratic Party, SDSM, has accused Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of selling Makedonska Banka AD to a controversial Serbian businessman, Jovica Stefanovic, […]

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Kosovo Appoints Diplomatic Chief For Montenegro

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

Four years after official Pristina and Podgorica established diplomatic relations, Kosovo has finally appointed a diplomatic representative in Montenegro. Jafer Ahmeti will take up his office as Kosovo’s charge d’affaires in Montenegro on Thursday. Speaking on Wednesday, he said opening diplomatic missions in Podgorica and Pristina would further intensify the cordial relations between the two […]

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Belgrade Campaigns for Kosovo Serb Politician’s Release

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

The Serbian government and the political party of detained Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, who is accused of war crimes, have launched a petition demanding his release. The Belgrade authorities along with Ivanovic’s Serbia, Democracy and Justice party launched the joint petition on Wednesday, asking the authorities in Pristina to allow their the detained politician […]

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Bulgaria Still Not Planning EU Funding, Report Says

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

Bulgaria is failing to adopt measures to make proper use of potential European funding for the next six years, a report by the National Audit Office argues. Lack of priorities in distributing EU funds between 2014 and 2020 may be one of the reasons why Bulgaria is lagging behind the rest of Europe, a report […]

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Croatia Extradites Yugoslav Spy Chief to Germany

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Comments Off

Zdravko Mustac, wanted for his alleged involvement in a political assassination carried out by the Yugoslav secret services in 1983, has been sent to Germany to stand trial. Former senior Yugoslav secret service agent Mustac is being held in a jail in Stadelheim, near Munich, after he was extradited from Croatia on Thursday. German federal […]

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Montenegro denies conducting anti-Russian policy

Friday, April 18, 2014 Comments Off

PODGORICA — The Montenegrin Ministry of Foreign Affairs has dismissed as “inappropriate” and “arbitrary” the criticism the country received from the Russian Federation. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said the statements made by Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović during his visit last week to the Unites States were “hostile” and “deeply disappointing.” […]

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Serbs denied visit to Kosovo town on Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — Serbs driven out of Đakovica in Kosovo sent a protest to the Priština authorities for not being allowed to visit their town and property on Good Friday. “The Serbs from the Đakovica region are resentful of the institution in Priština, EULEX and KFOR for being unable to ensure safety for 120 Serbs who […]

This was posted under category: Balkan News, Serbia

Iran says ready to help Azerbaijan meet its defense needs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Iran and neighboring Azerbaijan have similar views toward major regional and international issues, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan said in a meeting with his visiting Azeri counterpart Zakir Hasanov on Monday. Colonel-General Hasanov arrived in Tehran for bilateral talks with senior Iranian officials at the invitation of Dehqan. Dehqan noted that the two countries have […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News, Iran, Iran News

Bulgarian PM discusses prospects for energy diversification with the Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Sofia. Prospects for diversification in the energy sector, the implementation of projects of common interest and potential areas for investment were among the highlights of the conversation between Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski and Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Natig Aliyev, the government information service announced. During the meeting the two officials discussed the realization of […]

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Bulgaria to supply gas from Azerbaijan very soon

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

The construction of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria gas pipeline will start in 2015, the Azerbaijani Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev said at a meeting with Bulgaria’s Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev. Stoynev said that Bulgaria intends to secure gas supplies from Azerbaijan as soon as possible, ITAR-TASS reports.

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Israeli FM to visit Azerbaijan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will pay a visit to Azerbaijan. The exact date for the visit is being clarified, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told Trend on April 16. The information about the planned visit of Israeli FM to Azerbaijan was spread by the Israeli media. The visit is expected in late April, […]

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Azerbaijan to invest about $ 4 billion in ICT sector

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

t is expected that investment in the development of the ICT sector in Azerbaijan will amount to about $4 billion by 2020, the Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov told local media. The interview states that in accordance with the “Azerbaijan 2020: Vision for the Future” development concept, the volume of the […]

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Euro zone’s richest investors cash in on stocks

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Comments Off

Europe’s wealthiest people are planning to put more of their cash into equities, believing they will outperform all other asset classes, new data shows. And it’s those ultra-high net worth individuals based in the crisis-hit countries like Spain and Greece who are more bullish than any other group.

This was posted under category: Balkan News, Balkans

Vulin banned from entering Kosovo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — The Serbian Government’s Office for Kosovo said that Aleksandar Vulin was denied entry to Kosovo by the authorities in Priština on Tuesday. Vulin heads the office and is the minister without portfolio in charge of Kosovo and Metohija in the outgoing government.

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Serbia “hopes to open chapter 35 by June”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

VIENNA — Tanja Miščević has stated that the accession talks with the EU may begin in June by opening Chapter 35 on normalization of relations with Priština. After this step, chapters on the judiciary and rule of law will be opened, Miščević explained in an interview for the Vienna-based daily Kurier.

This was posted under category: Balkan News, Balkans, Serbia

Tadić’s party “won’t join cabinet with Socialists”

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — The New Democratic Party (NDS) has announced that it will not be part of a government to in the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) would also participate. The NDS, led by Serbia’s former president and former leader of the Democrats (DS), Boris Tadić, noted on Sunday that, after the talks with the Serb […]

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“What’s good for Russia is good for Serbia”

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

KRUŠEVAC — Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alekasandr Chepurin said on Wednesday that he expects good cooperation with a new Serbian government. “Russia and Serbia have always had friendly relations, and what is good for Russia is good for Serbia too; the stronger Russia is, the better for Serbia,” the diplomat said in Kruševac, central Serbia […]

This was posted under category: Balkans News, Serbia

President reiterates neutral stance on Ukraine

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — President Tomislav Nikolić has conferred with Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Chepurin “and restated Serbia’s neutral position on the situation in Ukraine.” Chepurin noted during the meeting held on Thursday that Russia “appreciates the friendship and the principled stance of Serbia.”

This was posted under category: Balkan News, Balkans, Serbia

Serbia’s EU membership by 2020 “realistic goal”

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — Germany’s former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stated on Thursday that the government in Belgrade has “a realistic goal for Serbia to join the EU by 2020.” This is the case as it is “ready to carry out reforms despite all difficulties on the pathway,” he was quoted as saying. The start of Serbia’s EU […]

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“Serbia wants renewal of old friendships”

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

BELGRADE — President Tomislav Nikolic has said that he wants Serbia’s foreign policy “to go back to old friendships after two decades of neglect of these relationships.” He made the remarks during a meeting in Belgrade with with ambassadors of African and Arab countries. In the new cycle of its foreign policy, Serbia wants to […]

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Only Serbia and Montenegro could join EU “as package”

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

VIENNA — Belgrade is against a joint EU entry of all Western Balkan countries “as a package,” says Serbia’s chief negotiator in EU talks, Tanja Miščević. “The only such package possible is one that would include Montenegro besides Serbia,” she said on Friday. “We can only speak of a package that consists of Serbia and […]

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Azerbaijan demonstrates defense products in Malaysia

Monday, April 14, 2014 Comments Off

Kuala Lumpur. Rashad Suleymanov-APA. The 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014) has kicked off at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. APA’s correspondent reports from Malaysia that Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense Industry (MDI) is represented by a separate stand at the exhibition in which more than 1000 manufacturing companies and […]

This was posted under category: Eurasia, Eurasia News

Biden Backs Montenegro’s EU, NATO Ambitions

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

US Vice-President Joseph Biden praised Montenegro’s progress towards joining NATO and said Washington supports Montenegro’s aspirations to closen ties with Europe. “Montenegro has achieved progress in pursuing reforms and standards within the integration processes, particularly in the field of security, rule of law and strengthening of the public support for NATO integration,” Biden said on […]

This was posted under category: Balkan News, Balkans, Montenegro

Kosovo Constitution Still Challenged in North

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Six years after Kosovo’s independence constitution came into force, authorities in Pristina are still struggling to implement it in the Serb-run north of the country. Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga said the country’s “constitutionality and legality encompasses the whole of its territory, a country with functional and democratic institutions, based on all-inclusiveness.

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EU Doubts About South Stream Alarm Serbia

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Amid reports that the EU may freeze further work on the South Stream gas pipeline, Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic insisted that the project remained important for both Europe and Serbia. Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister, said that Serbia was preserving vital national interests with regard to the construction of the South Stream gas pipeline […]

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Kosovo MPs Outraged as War Memorial Closes

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

Kosovo MPs have slated the authorities for neglecting a memorial dedicated to Kosovo fighters whose sponsors have now closed it, saying it was vandalised. The closure of a memorial dedicated to Kosovo Liberation Army fighters in the village of Marina, in Skenderaj/Srbice, has sparked a heated debate amongst lawmakers who have accused institutions of neglecting […]

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Macedonia Readies for Pre-Election Silence

Friday, April 11, 2014 Comments Off

The pre-election silence for Macedonia’s first round of presidential elections began on Friday at midnight and lasts until Sunday’s vote. Campaigning for the presidential election has halted in Macedonia ahead of Sunday, when more than 1.7 million registered voters will choose between four candidates. 

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Ramadani Urges Albanians to Avoid Syria War

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

The well known Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadani has told Albanians to leave the fight against Bashar al-Assad to the Syrians and not join militant group fighting in the civil war. “Those who have sacrificed their lives, whether in Kosovo, Syria or in another country, for good causes, for freedom and democracy, may Allah bless them […]

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Pro-Govt Serbian Tabloid Blasts New TV Station

Thursday, April 10, 2014 Comments Off

A Serbian newspaper seen as close to the ruling Progessive Party has launched a blistering attack on a new cross-border TV station, N1, accusing it of working for the Americans. The Serbian tabloid Informer on Monday accused the US of trying to subvert Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s likely future Prime Minister, by setting up a new regional TV […]

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