Archive for the ‘Balkans’ Category

Bosnia Bows to EU Money-Laundering Pressure

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Bows to EU Money-Laundering Pressure

The House of Peoples of the Bosnian Parliament has finally adopted a law on anti-money laundering – bowing to EU threats – but it has yet to agree on changes needed to criminal law.

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Bosniak Soldier Jailed for Killing Croats in Trusina

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosniak Soldier Jailed for Killing Croats in Trusina

Former Bosnian Army soldier Edin Dzeko was jailed for 12 years over the killings of six Croat fighters and a civilian couple in the village of Trusina near Konjic in 1993.

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Bosnia Finishes Burying Livestock Killed in Floods

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Finishes Burying Livestock Killed in Floods

The grim business of destroying the corpses of thousands of cattle and other livestock, killed in the recent floods, is drawing to a close in Bosnia.

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Hague Prosecutor Criticises Bosnia War Case Delays

Monday, June 9, 2014 Comments Off on Hague Prosecutor Criticises Bosnia War Case Delays

The prosecutor told the UN that there was still a huge backlog of war crimes cases from the Bosnian conflict and progress towards clearing them by the 2023 deadline was unacceptably slow.

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Kosovo Serbs Join Last-Minute Campaign

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Serbs Join Last-Minute Campaign

After days of uncertainty, the Srpska Lista has opted at the 11th hour to take part in the election campaign.

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Many Parties, Few Programs, in Kosovo Elections

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Many Parties, Few Programs, in Kosovo Elections

While voters have a range of parties to choose from on June 8, the ideological differences between most of them appear slim.

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Mladic Memorial Erected Near Sarajevo

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Mladic Memorial Erected Near Sarajevo

A memorial plaque dedicated to the former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, who is on trial for genocide and other crimes in Bosnia, has been erected on the hills above Sarajevo.

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Bosnia to Start Building New Prison Soon

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia to Start Building New Prison Soon

After years of interruptions, the authorities announced the start of construction work on a high-standard state prison.

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Bosniaks Left Serb Territory ‘Fearing Revenge Attacks’

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Bosniaks Left Serb Territory ‘Fearing Revenge Attacks’

The former local government chief in the town of Pale told Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s war crimes trial that Bosniaks were not expelled from the area, but wanted to leave.

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Bosnia Arrests Two More War Crimes Suspects

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Arrests Two More War Crimes Suspects

For the second day in a row, Bosnian police have arrested two men suspected of war crimes committed in the towns of Sekovici and Busovaca during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Uncertainty Adds Tension to Kosovo Election Campaign

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Uncertainty Adds Tension to Kosovo Election Campaign

Kosovo leaders will be competing aggressively for votes in the last few days of the election campaign, partly because the outcome is unusually unpredictable.

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Kosovo Serb Bastion Shuns Looming Election

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Serb Bastion Shuns Looming Election

Kosovo may be gearing up for polls on June 8, but there is no sign of election activity in the northern, Serbian half of the town of Mitrovica.

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Vucic Tells Kosovo Serbs Not to Boycott Election

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Vucic Tells Kosovo Serbs Not to Boycott Election

After Serb leaders in northern Kosovo said they were quitting election-related activities in a dispute over ballots, Serbia’s Prime Minister has said that Kosovo Serbs should vote in the election. 

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Montenegro to Build Homes for Kosovo Refugees

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Montenegro to Build Homes for Kosovo Refugees

At least 900 housing units are to be built over the next three years for the most vulnerable refugees, mostly Roma displaced from Kosovo in the war of the late 1990s.

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Bosnian Serb Chief Blocks Money Laundering Laws

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnian Serb Chief Blocks Money Laundering Laws

Bosnian Serb leader is poised to block parliament’s adoption of laws on money-laundering, on the grounds that the issue should have been decided by Bosnia’s entities.

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Bosnian Serb Army ‘Didn’t Cut Power to Sarajevo’

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnian Serb Army ‘Didn’t Cut Power to Sarajevo’

The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic was told that his forces never intentionally cut electricity supplies to Sarajevo civilians during the war.

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Bosnia Arrests Two War Crimes Suspects

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Arrests Two War Crimes Suspects

Bosnian police have arrested two men suspected of committing war crimes against civilians and prisoners in Zavidovici and Brcko during the 1992-95 conflict.

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Ratko Mladic ‘Wasn’t in Hiding’ After the War

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Comments Off on Ratko Mladic ‘Wasn’t in Hiding’ After the War

Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic lived normally at his apartment in Belgrade from 1997 until 2001, his former security officer told his war crimes trial in The Hague.

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Kosovo Serbs Urged Not to Boycott Elections

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Serbs Urged Not to Boycott Elections

Serbs in Kosovo should not boycott June 8 general elections because a boycott will not solve any of their problems, a debate on Friday in the Serb-run northern part of Mitrovica heard.

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Bosnia Exhumes Wartime Corpses Washed Up By Floods

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off on Bosnia Exhumes Wartime Corpses Washed Up By Floods

An exhumation is being launched near the flood-hit town of Doboj after recent heavy rains uncovered human remains suspected to be those of victims of the 1992-95 war.

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Warning Issued Over Bosnia Money-Laundering Risks

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off on Warning Issued Over Bosnia Money-Laundering Risks

After the Bosnian parliament failed to adopt legislation to tackle money-laundering, Council of Europe experts urged other states to be vigilant in financial dealings with the country.

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Bosniak Soldier ‘Ordered Killings of Croats’

Monday, June 2, 2014 Comments Off on Bosniak Soldier ‘Ordered Killings of Croats’

The trial of Bosniak former soldier Vehid Subotic over a massacre in the village of Dusina near Zenica in 1993 was told that an eyewitness saw the defendant order the killings.

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Serbia Finds 27 Bodies in Kosovo Mass Grave

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off on Serbia Finds 27 Bodies in Kosovo Mass Grave

The remains of 27 people, believed to be Kosovo Albanians killed by Belgrade’s forces during the 1990s war, were exhumed from a quarry near the south Serbian town of Raska.

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Parents Demand Children’s Memorial in Bosnia’s Prijedor

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off on Parents Demand Children’s Memorial in Bosnia’s Prijedor

Parents of 102 children who were killed or went missing in Prijedor during the 1992-95 war launched a campaign urging the local authorities to finally erect a memorial in the town.

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Transparency Urged in Bosnia Humanitarian Aid

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off on Transparency Urged in Bosnia Humanitarian Aid

As humanitarian help reaches Bosnian flood zones from home and abroad, concerns are growing about whether the aid will be distributed in a transparent fashion.

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Ratko Mladic’s Troops ‘Didn’t Shell Sarajevo Market’

Friday, May 30, 2014 Comments Off on Ratko Mladic’s Troops ‘Didn’t Shell Sarajevo Market’

Two former Bosnian Serb Army soldiers told the trial of their wartime commander Ratko Mladic that Bosniak forces were responsible for attacking civilians in the besieged capital.

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Kosovo Guerrilla Commander Acquitted of War Crimes

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Guerrilla Commander Acquitted of War Crimes

Former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Sylejman Selimi and three other ex-fighters were cleared of abusing prisoners at a KLA detention centre during the late 1990s conflict.

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Kosovo Serbs Abandon Election Campaign

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Kosovo Serbs Abandon Election Campaign

Leaders in the Serb-run north have suspended election activities in a row about the composition of election committees and the presence of Kosovo state insignia on ballot papers.

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Serb Fighters ‘Threaten’ Belgrade War Crimes Prosecutors

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Serb Fighters ‘Threaten’ Belgrade War Crimes Prosecutors

Belgrade prosecutors and police officials working on an investigation into the wartime killings of Bosniaks said that they have been threatened by former Bosnian Serb fighters.

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Hague Tribunal Frees Bosnian Serb War Criminal

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Hague Tribunal Frees Bosnian Serb War Criminal

The international court released Ranko Cesic, an ex-policeman jailed for 18 years for ‘depraved’ crimes at a notorious detention camp near Brcko, after he served two-thirds of his sentence.

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Serb Troops ‘Detained and Beat’ Bosniaks in Visegrad

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Serb Troops ‘Detained and Beat’ Bosniaks in Visegrad

At the trial of Bosnian Serb ex-soldier Vitomir Rackovic, accused of illegally detaining Bosniaks in the Visegrad area in 1992, witnesses recalled how villagers were seized and mistreated.

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UN Urges More Serbia-Kosovo Progress

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off on UN Urges More Serbia-Kosovo Progress

Belgrade and Pristina must keep working to implement their agreement to normalise relations, the head of the United Nations’ Kosovo mission told the Security Council in New York.

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Bosniak Cleared of Killing Serbs Near Bratunac

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Bosniak Cleared of Killing Serbs Near Bratunac

Former Bosnian Army soldier Nezir Merdzic was acquitted of killing three Serb civilians in June 1992 due to a lack of evidence against him.

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Wartime Weapons Revealed in Bosnia Floods

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Comments Off on Wartime Weapons Revealed in Bosnia Floods

Leftover weapons from the 1992-5 war in Bosnia have started emerging as the flood water recedes – proving that many people kept hold of their arsenals after the conflict ended.

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EU Deploys 60 Observers For Kosovo Elections

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Comments Off on EU Deploys 60 Observers For Kosovo Elections

Despite the untroubled nature of last year’s elections, international monitors will still be a prominent force in the June 8 elections to ensure that the democratic process is followed. 

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