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  • Serb killings 'exaggerated' by west

    03/13/2006 2:57:16 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 32 replies · 712+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Friday August 18, 2000 | Jonathan Steele
    Claims of up to 100,000 ethnic Albanians massacred in Kosovo revised to under 3,000 as exhumations near end Special report: Kosovo The final toll of civilians confirmed massacred by Yugoslav forces in Kosovo is likely to be under 3,000, far short of the numbers claimed by Nato governments during last year's controversial air strikes on Yugoslavia. As war crimes experts from Britain and other countries prepare to wind down the exhumation of hundreds of graves in Kosovo on behalf of the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, officials concede they have not borne out the...
  • Albania : Muslims Torch Churches , Hate Christ

    03/09/2006 4:42:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 86 replies · 1,648+ views
    faithfreedom ^ | march 9 2006 | http://www.faithfreedom.org/Author/GrantSwank.htm
    Albania : Muslims Torch Churches , Hate Christ J. Grant Swank, Jr.      "East Timor remained largely unreported throughout the 80's and most of the 90's. A Christian land ravaged by Muslims - nobody cared. Untold crimes have been committed in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh against the Chakmas, and yet how often is the conflict reported? - never!," a believer noted in despair.Over 150 churches and monasteries in Albania have been destroyed or seriously damaged over the last 6 years. Now authorities project to turn the hull of one sanctuary into a nightclub. The Church of Christ the...
  • The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on a European scale

    03/08/2006 10:00:17 AM PST · by x5452 · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Interfax Religion ^ | 07 March 2006, 11:46
    07 March 2006, 11:46 Serbian hierarch: The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on a European scale Moscow, March 7, Interfax - Metropolitan Amfilohy of Montenegro and Primorje thinks that independence of Kosovo would entail negative consequences for the whole Europe. ‘The problem of Kosovo could become a boomerang on an European scale’, Serbian hierarch said in an interview published by Kommersant daily on Tuesday. First, ‘new problems would arise in the Balkans because of the incorrect solution of the problem of Kosovo’ (separation of Kosovo - IF). ‘A precedent would be created, and many people in Europe and...
  • Kosovo assembly president accuses U.S. diplomats of orchestrating his sacking

    03/03/2006 3:48:45 PM PST · by joan · 6 replies · 319+ views
    Calibre ^ | March 2, 2006
    Released : Mar 02, 2006 2:03 PM PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro-The president of Kosovo's assembly accused U.S. diplomats on Thursday of orchestrating a political reshuffle in the province which led to his dismissal. Nexhat Daci, who was also part of the team negotiating Kosovo's final status with Serbia, was replaced by his party, the governing Democratic League of Kosovo, on Wednesday. Parliament will have to choose a new leader for his dismissal to take effect. Daci was dismissed as part of a broader reshuffle within the governing coalition, which also included the resignation of Kosovo's Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi. But the parliament...
  • Milosevic seeks subpoena for Clinton to testify

    02/28/2006 3:00:11 PM PST · by Robert Drobot · 34 replies · 974+ views
    Reuters ^ | 28 February A.D. 2006 | Editors
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Lawyers representing Slobodan Milosevic have asked the U.N. war crimes tribunal to issue a subpoena to force former U.S. President Bill Clinton to testify at his trial, documents showed on Tuesday. "In his position as former president of the United States, Mr Clinton had a continuous role and unique knowledge of events relevant to the indictment," the lawyers said in a written request filed last week but only made public on Tuesday. Lawyers Steven Kay and Gillian Higgins said his evidence was needed to make sure the trial was "informed and fair". They said Milosevic had...
  • Court hears Balkans genocide case (Serbia will be the first nation to be charged with genocide)

    02/27/2006 3:21:32 AM PST · by paudio · 113 replies · 1,544+ views
    bbc ^ | 27 February 2006
    The first trial of a state charged with genocide has opened in The Hague, where Bosnia-Hercegovina will accuse Serbia and Montenegro of war crimes. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is hearing the case, which Bosnia first brought 13 years ago. It says Belgrade was responsible for crimes of genocide on its territory during the early 1990s Bosnian war. Belgrade denies its intention was to wipe out Muslims in eastern Bosnia and says there is no proof of the claims.
  • Balkanisation by another name

    02/24/2006 11:22:01 AM PST · by joan · 11 replies · 385+ views
    spiked-online ^ | February 23, 2006 | Philip Cunliffe
    In the talks about Kosovo's future, the former Yugoslavia is being treated as a carcass to be dissected by Western diplomats. by Philip Cunliffe This year promises to be a testing one for politics in the Balkans. Talks on the administrative devolution of Kosovo finished in Vienna earlier this week, between representatives of the Kosovo Albanians and the Serbian government. The talks, conducted under the aegis of the six-nation 'Contact Group' (composed of America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia), are seen as stepping-stones to resolving the 'final status' of the province, since it was left in political and legal...
  • Albanian cartels run Afghan drugs aimed for Euro & Balkans drug route a threat to stability

    02/24/2006 7:04:47 AM PST · by ma bell · 17 replies · 382+ views
    serbianna ^ | February 23, 2006 7:37 AM | ???
    Albanian cartels run Afghan drugs aimed for Europe - UNTIRANA, Albania-Organized crime is becoming more entrenched in the postwar Balkans and threatens stability across a much wider region, including Central Asia, the Caucasus and other parts of the former Soviet Union, the U.N.'s anti-drug chief said. Highlighting one key problem, Antonio Maria Costa said the Balkans has become the most important route for Afghan drugs moving to the rest of Europe. The Vienna-based U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, which he leads, is preparing a program to help countries in the region combat the illegal drug and weapons trades, human...
  • Southern Serbia: The second Kosovo?

    02/23/2006 11:53:19 AM PST · by ma bell · 33 replies · 863+ views
    AxisGlobe ^ | 21 Feb 2006 | Can Karpat - AIA Turkish and Balkan Section
    The dissatisfaction of the Albanians living in the three towns of Southern Serbia, Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja does not date from yesterday. A 1946 decision by the Yugoslav government to separate these three municipalities from Kosovo and place them under direct Serbian Republic jurisdiction was the beginning of the ethnic tension. In 1974 when Kosovo had been granted autonomy the status of these three towns did not change. In March 1992, during the period of the nationalist fire igniting the former Yugoslavia, the Albanians held an unofficial referendum in which they voted nearly unanimously to re-attach the Presevo Valley to...
  • Did Ibrahim Rugova die a Christian?

    02/23/2006 4:24:53 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 5 replies · 1,173+ views
    Citizen Soldier ^ | 22 February 2006 | Stella L. Jatras
    As someone who has been following and writing about the events in the Balkans for over a decade, the announced death in myriads of newspapers throughout the world of President Ibrahim Rugova of Kosovo, was of deep interest to me. Virtually nothing is mentioned in the media nor in Congress anymore of the dire situation for the remaining Christian Serbian population in Kosovo. It is as though the Balkan war never happened, nor the consequences of that war. While Rugova's method of achieving independence for Kosovo is described as nonviolent he often found himself allied with Hashim Thaci, the leader...
  • USA stands behind Kosovo, Russia is behind us: Interview of South Ossetian speaker Znaur Gassiyev

    02/20/2006 3:35:30 PM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 411+ views
    REGNUM ^ | feb 21st 2006
    REGNUM: What parallels can be set between Kosovo and South Ossetia deriving from a possibility that Kosovo independence can be recognized? Of course, analogies can be set between the Kosovo variant and our situation, if we put Georgia on the place of Serbia and South Ossetians instead of Albanians. Each conflict is backed by forces of more powerful states. Well, it is clear that the US stands behind Kosovo, and Russia stands behind us. But in our case it is more comprehendible and grounded, as we used to live in a single country. It is natural that Russia has its...
  • UN must impose Kosovo's independence (think-tank)

    (Brussels, DTT-NET.COM)- A prestigious think-tank said that Kosovo’s independence must be imposed on Serbia, because of impossibility of reaching any agreement between Kosovan Ethnic Albanians and Serbian authorities on the future of UN administrated province. “To create a stable Kosovo, the international community must dare to impose independence rather than attempt finessing Pristina and Belgrade’s differences with an ambiguous and unstable settlement,“ International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report published on Friday. ICG says that agreement between all parties remains desirable in theory, “it is extremely unlikely that any Serbian government will voluntarily acquiesce to the kind of independence,...
  • Milosevic Lawyers Seek Recall of General Clark [Weslet]

    02/18/2006 8:41:20 AM PST · by ncountylee · 27 replies · 566+ views
    iwpr ^ | 17-Feb-06
    The defence lawyers assigned to ex-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic have asked for the former NATO commander General Wesley Clark to be recalled to the witness stand for further questioning. Clark testified in December 2003, during the prosecution stage of the Milosevic trial. He told the court that he spoke with the accused following the massacre of Muslim prisoners from the town of Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb troops in 1995, and was led to believe that Milosevic had known in advance what would happen. He also gave evidence about Milosevic’s relationship with Serbs in Bosnia in the early Nineties and spoke...
  • Former fighters in Muslim village under watch

    02/17/2006 2:30:14 PM PST · by bayouranger · 13 replies · 348+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 17Feb06 | William J. Kole
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Authorities are monitoring up to 250 Arab Muslims who fought in Bosnia's 1992-95 war, including some who are suspected of having links to international terrorism, a top police official said Thursday. Zlatko Miletic, director of police for the Muslim-Croat part of Bosnia, told reporters that the Muslims under surveillance all live in or around the northeastern village of Gornja Maoca, where they settled after the war. Miletic said the Muslims were among 740 who obtained Bosnian passports during or just after the war, and that the names of nine men appeared on Egypt's list of most-wanted terror...
  • Fissures in Balkan Islam: Muslims extremism persists

    02/16/2006 6:54:34 AM PST · by joan · 7 replies · 361+ views
    csmonitor ^ | February 14, 2006 | Christopher Deliso
    Macedonia's Muslims are likely to elect a moderate leader soon, but extremism persists. By Christopher Deliso | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor SKOPJE, MACEDONIA – For Muslims in this small Balkan country, the Ottoman Empire's Islamic legacy still endures. However, some say Arab rivals are seeking to undermine it. "When my cousin entered university in Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabis offered him 200 euros a month and an apartment if he would spread their customs back in Macedonia," says Blerim, a young ethnic Albanian and Muslim who didn't want to give his last name for security reasons. "He accepted, and...
  • Srebrenica, lies and media games

    02/16/2006 8:36:01 PM PST · by zagor-te-nej · 75 replies · 1,252+ views
    Trajkovic Web Site ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | zagor-te-nej
    The Srebrenica operation was planned so that Bosnian Serb forces were positioned in a shape of a horseshoe, thus intentionally leaving space for the Muslim army and civilians to retreat North, North-West towards Tuzla. The distance of 36km and the configuration of the terrain are such that any man in average physical condition can cross it on foot. The military operation was conducted in this manner with the intention of minimizing the number of casualties, since the Muslims had brought in substantial military forces. If the Muslim forces had been hermetically enclosed, a violent fight would have ensued in which...
  • A Bishop’s Lonely Struggle

    02/15/2006 1:11:08 PM PST · by A. Pole · 9 replies · 358+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Tuesday, February 14, 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    When various Balkan potentates come to Washington, you can guess their ethnicity by the kind of treatment they receive. Albanian terrorists like the KLA leader Hashim Thaci do rather well. They are received at the State Department, which but a decade ago would have deemed them untouchable. They have full access to the mainstream media and publically-funded think-tanks to propagate independence for their mono-ethnic criminal fiefdom. When Bishop Artemije of Rashka and Prizren, the spiritual leader of Kosovo’s beleaguered Serbs, comes to Washington, he stays with friends in suburban Maryland who drive him hundreds of miles to meetings in Chicago,...
  • Serbia urges 20-year grace period on Kosovo status

    02/15/2006 5:43:23 AM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 322+ views
    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Serbia's president proposed on Tuesday a 20-year grace period before deciding Kosovo's final status, a suggestion quickly dismissed by Kosovo's prime minister and Europeans. The dispute at a Security Council meeting on Kosovo illustrated the chasm between the two sides just days before long-awaited U.N.-organized talks begin in Vienna on Monday on the future of the Serbian province. Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since NATO bombs drove out Serb forces in 1999 during a campaign of ethnic cleansing under former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Serbian President Boris Tadic offered Kosovo wide...
  • Bosnia: Hague Judge Silences Bin Laden Bosnia Testimony, as NATO’s Claims Questioned

    02/13/2006 8:17:25 PM PST · by Banat · 14 replies · 648+ views
    Balkanalysis ^ | FEB 08 2006 | C. Deliso
    Judge Patrick Robinson immediately shut down a Western journalist on the Hague Tribunal witness stand last week, when she disclosed having seen Osama bin Laden waltz into the office of late Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic in November 1994. Just as veteran British journalist Eve-Ann Prentice, who covered the Yugoslav conflicts for the Guardian and the Times told of the famous OBL, Prosecutor Geoffrey Nice objected, and the judge “…cut off the testimony immediately declaring it ‘irrelevant,’” according to the defense’s recap of a devastating day of testimony. full article
  • Kosovo bishop warns of terror

    02/13/2006 2:14:54 PM PST · by tgambill · 15 replies · 757+ views
    Cleveland.com ^ | 01-13-06 | Patrick O'Donnell
    -- Giving the Kosovo region independence would encourage terrorism and jihadists inside Europe that rival al-Qaida, the bishop of Kosovo warned Saturday. Artemije Radosavljevic, who heads the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, spoke to more than 100 members of St. Sava Cathedral in Parma on Saturday afternoon. Though his visit featured typical gestures of goodwill and bonding -- traditional dances by the church's youth and a banquet of Serbian food like kielbasa and cabbage -- Bishop Artemije gave the crowd the same pleas that he is making in Pittsburgh and Chicago on his nearly two-week trip across the United States....
  • Protect Serbia by all means necessary

    02/13/2006 11:46:51 AM PST · by kronos77 · 23 replies · 568+ views
    B92.net ^ | feb. 13th 2006
    BELGRADE -- Monday - Serbian Radical Party senior official Tomislav Nikolic said that he and Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica agreed that any eventual proclamation of independence in Kosovo would represent an occupation of Serbia. Kostunica and Nikolic met over the weekend to talk about Kosovo. After the meeting, Nikolic said that Kosovo independence would be considered an occupation of Serbian territory. “Faced with the talks of Kosovo independence which the English Diplomat (John Sawyers) has begun, we agreed that if it ever got to the point where Kosovo was declared independent, the Serbian Parliament would adopt a resolution which...
  • Film on Bosnian war rapes stirs Berlin fest

    02/13/2006 8:32:47 AM PST · by voletti · 20 replies · 1,283+ views
    Financial Express ^ | 2/12/06 | Reuters
    BERLIN, FEBRUARY 13: A moving drama about Bosnia's post-war trauma and the lingering impact of the systematic rape of Bosnian women by Serb soldiers won cheers at its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday. Grbavica spotlights a hushed-up topic of mass rapes in Bosnia during the siege of Sarajevo with a tear-jerking story of a Muslim woman who tries to hide the grisly truth of the past to protect her daughter. The film, seen by critics as one of the Berlinale's best so far, is told against the backdrop of Sarajevo's struggle to come to terms with...
  • Four years pass, Milosevic still on trial

    02/12/2006 5:07:28 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 46 replies · 1,484+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/11/06 | Joe Sterling
    (CNN) -- The war crimes trial of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic enters its fifth tedious year Sunday, and though international interest in the tribunal has waned, it has proved a useful tool in educating Serbs. "Its greatest reverberation is in Serbia itself," where regional media have brought the crimes to center stage by airing and reporting on the proceedings, said Edgar Chen of the Coalition for International Justice, a group that supports war crimes tribunals. Milosevic is charged with genocide and crimes against humanity in last decade's bloody Balkans conflict, and for four years, he has dragged out judicial...
  • Muslims in Serbia protest against blasphemous cartoons

    BELGRADE - More than a thousand people on Friday took to the streets of Novi Pazar, southern Serbia, protesting against the blasphemous caricatures published in newspapers in Denmark and other countries, local media reported. “We have assembled today to show that we are ready to defend our Muslim faith, with our tongues and our lives,” a speechmaker said at the rally. The protesters torched a Danish flag, the Beta news agency reported. Novi Pazar is located in the Sandzak region of Serbia-Montenegro, which has a majority Muslim population. The publication of blasphemous caricatures in European newspapers has triggered massive Muslim...
  • Hague Judge Silences Bin Laden Bosnia Testimony, as NATO’s Claims Questioned

    02/09/2006 7:28:20 AM PST · by tgambill · 14 replies · 784+ views
    www.balkanalysis.com ^ | 8 February 06
    Judge Patrick Robinson immediately shut down a Western journalist on the Hague Tribunal witness stand last week, when she disclosed having seen Osama bin Laden waltz into the office of late Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic in November 1994. Just as veteran British journalist Eve-Ann Prentice, who covered the Yugoslav conflicts for the Guardian and the Times told of the famous OBL, Prosecutor Geoffrey Nice objected, and the judge “…cut off the testimony immediately declaring it ‘irrelevant,’” according to the defense’s recap of a devastating day of testimony. However, considering that the defendant, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was trying to...
  • Serbs told Kosovo will be independent - negotiators

    02/08/2006 7:05:35 AM PST · by A. Pole · 29 replies · 616+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Wednesday February 8 | Beti Bilandzic
    PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - A senior British diplomat has told Serbs that independence is the best solution for the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo in talks due within days, Serb negotiators said on Tuesday. "[John] Sawers told us the Contact Group had decided Kosovo should be independent. He said Kosovo would be multi-ethnic, but in the end independent," Goran Bogdanovic, a Kosovo Serb, told Belgrade radio B92, after meeting the political director of the British Foreign Office late on Monday. A second Serb negotiator in Belgrade, who attended a meeting between Sawers and the Serbian prime minister on...
  • British diplomat says Kosovo can win independence

    02/07/2006 5:48:06 AM PST · by Banat · 12 replies · 390+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 6, 2006 | S. Buza
    By Shaban Buza PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - The United Nations-run province of Kosovo can win independence from Serbia in negotiations this year if it shows enough democratic maturity, a senior British diplomat said on Monday. "The more the leaders of Kosovo can reach out to the other communities and show that Kosovo is a mature democracy, the more fully an independence can be delivered," John Sawers, the political director of the Foreign Office, told reporters after meeting Kosovo Albanian leaders in the capital, Pristina. The comments are in line with what diplomats have been saying in private for...
  • Bosnian Ski Resort Helps Heal War Wounds

    02/06/2006 2:24:39 PM PST · by joan · 7 replies · 205+ views
    AP ^ | February 6, 2006 | SAMIR KRILIC
    By SAMIR KRILIC : Associated Press Writer Feb 6, 2006 : 4:19 am ET MOUNT JAHORINA, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- In 1984, this ski resort hosted some of the world's top athletes at the Sarajevo Olympics. Just a few years later, notorious war commanders and their troops took shelter here, turning a symbol of harmony into one of ethnic hatred. Today, as another Winter Olympics begins this week in nearby Italy, Jahorina's ski slopes are slowly becoming trails to reconciliation as skiers from all countries of the former Yugoslavia come to ski -- and put the past behind. At bars and cafes,...
  • BRITISH JOURNALIST EYE-WITNESSED OSAMA BIN LADEN ENTERING ALIJA IZETBEGOVIC’S OFFICE IN SARAJEVO

    02/04/2006 12:59:01 PM PST · by joan · 98 replies · 2,981+ views
    www.slobodan-milosevic.org ^ | February 3, 2006 | Andy Wilcoxson
    The trial of Slobodan Milosevic resumed on Friday with the testimony of Ms. Eva Prentice. Ms. Prentice is a British journalist who has covered the Balkans for both The Guardian and the London Times newspapers since the 1980s. Over the course of her career she visited the former Yugoslavia at least forty times. Ms. Prentice testified that she was concerned by non-objective reporting in the Western media. She said that Western politicians and journalists presented the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in terms of good vs. evil. She said that Serbs were demonized and portrayed as evil while Kosovo-Albanians, Croats,...
  • Kosovo Serbs lose phone service too (Albanian officials ordered cables severed)

    02/01/2006 6:39:26 AM PST · by joan · 26 replies · 445+ views
    B92 ^ | February 1, 2006
    GRACANICA -- Wednesday – Telekom Serbia has reported that Serbian enclaves in Central Kosovo have lost their stationary and mobile phone services as well. Many of these Serbian communities have already been without electricity for several days. According to Telekom, equipment has been damaged in Gracanica, stating that cables have been severed in the region and expert teams are doing everything they can in order to rectify the telecommunications situation as soon as possible. Kosovo Serb leader Randjel Nojkic said that workers of the Kosovo Transport and Telecommunications Ministry cut down all the cables connecting the village Susica, near Gracanica....
  • Municipal authorities in Kosovo continue with attempts to seize the Church property

    01/31/2006 7:36:33 AM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 231+ views
    Despite frequent promises by Kosovo authorities that the Serbian Orthodox Church will be fairly treated local municipal authorities continue with attempts to seize the Church property. In Djakovica, the municipal authorities with assistance of local UNMIK administrator simply falsified the cadastral records and turned the church owned land in the center of the town into a municipal land on which a monument to "KLA heroes" was erected. Just several meters from the monument which was unveiled by KLA War Veterans one can see the remains of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity which was mined by Kosovo Albanian...
  • Kosovo solution principles might apply to post Soviet space

    01/30/2006 12:38:16 PM PST · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 306+ views
    ITAR TASS ^ | jan. 30 2006
    MOSCOW, January 30 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded from Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he seek universal approaches in resolving the Kosovo problem. Lavrov, at a conference in the Kremlin on Monday, briefed the president on the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group on Kosovo settlement at the ministerial level. The present time is the crucial stage at the settlement as the talks on determining the final status of Kosovo have begun, Lavrov said. "We'll be guided by our position of the necessity of finding a solution which would be acceptable both for Belgrade and Albanian leaders," the...
  • KLA Threatens Austrian KFOR Soldiers

    01/27/2006 1:11:32 PM PST · by tgambill · 20 replies · 412+ views
    Makfax | 27 January 2006
    Austrian soldiers which are part of KFOR received threats recently because a Kosovo Albanian was arrested in Vienna. This information was published by Austrian agency APA. Threats were sent by the disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) which demands release of the arrested Albanian. Rudolf Golija, spokesperson of Austrian police, confirmed that a 49 year old Albanian was arrested. He did not want to say anything about the threats against the Austrian soldiers which are part of KFOR. Kosovo Albanian which last Saturday came to Vienna airport “Schwechat” on a plane flying from Tirana, was arrested because during passport control police...
  • Kosovo without Rugova

    01/27/2006 2:20:49 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 226+ views
    United Press International ^ | 26 January 2006 | Pyotr Romanov
    MOSCOW, Russia (UPI) -- Several leaders of conflict-ridden regions have left the political scene recently, with each man`s departure emphasizing how important or relative the influence of the individual on history can be. The demise of Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat removed a big obstacle from the path to settlement, but it was only one of many. Disease has disabled Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, whose will and influence allowed peacekeepers to make a few more difficult steps on this road. But his departure from the political scene will not change the situation a great deal. Sharon has done the...
  • Key to Kosovo Serb survival

    01/27/2006 8:50:29 AM PST · by montyspython · 29 replies · 575+ views
    Serbianna.com ^ | Misa Djurkovic
    Key to Kosovo Serb survival By Misa Djurkovic For the Kosovo Serbs living since 1999 in enclaves heavily guarded by NATO troops, subject to murders, kidnappings and restricted freedom of movement, negotiations on decentralization of Kosovo in the first round of talks on the future status of the province beginning on 25th January in Vienna is an essential key to survival. Indeed, when in the summer of 1999 Serbian forces retreated from the province and Albanian extremists waged a large-scale campaign of ethnic violence and intimidation, the Serb community managed to survive only in several enclaves in which it organized...
  • VIDEOTAPE FILMED IN 1990 SHOWS CROATIAN OFFICIALS PLANNING THE MURDER OF JNA SOLDIERS

    01/27/2006 8:28:01 AM PST · by joan · 28 replies · 948+ views
    VIDEOTAPE FILMED IN 1990 SHOWS CROATIAN OFFICIALS PLANNING THE MURDER OF JNA SOLDIERS AND THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE KRAJINA SERBS www.slobodan-milosevic.org - January 25, 2006 Written by: Andy Wilcoxson Col. Milan Kotur concluded his testimony at the trial of Slobodan Milosevic on Wednesday, the former chief of the Yugoslav Army’s liaison team for the OSCE/KVM picked-up where he left off on Tuesday. Milosevic continued to re-examine the witness about Racak. He produced more documents from the 243rd Brigade of the VJ. These documents showed that the 243rd was not engaged in Racak as claimed by the prosecution. Another claim...
  • Raskovic-Ivic Sends Letter To Petersen

    01/26/2006 4:34:33 PM PST · by tgambill · 13 replies · 1,469+ views
    RTS | 26 January 06
    Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, president of the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija, asked Sřren Jessen Petersen, chief of UNMIK, that he prevents the building of a KLA memorial complex on the lot of the destroyed temple of the Holy Trinity. In her letter to Petersen, Raskovic-Ivic categorically demands “stopping of this uncivilized act, protection of the interests of the Serbian Orthodox Church and help for it to rebuild the temple of the Holy Trinity”. “Djakovica municipal authorities and society of war veterans of KLA built a monument to the “heroes of the war” on the lot of temple of Holy Trinity...
  • US Links to Croatian War Crime?

    01/24/2006 8:36:47 AM PST · by montyspython · 74 replies · 1,094+ views
    Former Croatian General Ante Gotovina stands accused of war crimes in connection with a 1995 military offensive. Some 150 civilians were killed in the advance. Now, it looks like he may have had help from the United States. His trial may not get started before the end of 2006 or the spring of 2007, but already the case against former Croatian general Ante Gotovina promises some surprises. Gotovina, who is accused of being responsible for the murder of at least 150 Serbian civilians and the eviction of some 150,000 Serbs from the Krajina region in August 1995, may have had...
  • Syria and Bosnia and Herzegovina Sign an Accord on Islamic Affairs

    01/23/2006 1:37:24 AM PST · by kronos77 · 18 replies · 493+ views
    SANA ^ | jan. 22nd 2006.
    Damascus, Syria Syria and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday signed two agreements on cooperation in organizing journeys of Hajj, developing Islamic, educational and learning institutions, restoration of mosques as well as exchanging expertise among religious institutes and Islamic studies in both countries. The two agreements were signed by Minister of Endowments Ziad al-Den al-Ayubi, Syria's Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Hassoun and the Grand Mufti in Bosnia and Herzegovina Sheikh Mustafa Ceric. Following the signing ceremony, Sheikh Ceric noted to Syria's efforts in defending Islamic rights and sanctuaries, thanking Syria for signing a cooperation agreement on organizing the Bosnian Hajj journey...
  • London bombers with possible Bosnian connection

    01/22/2006 8:38:31 AM PST · by zagor-te-nej · 13 replies · 875+ views
    MakFax ^ | Jan 22, 2006 | zagor-te-nej
    London bombers with possible Bosnian connection Banja Luka, 17:22 British team of anti-terror investigators will be heading to Sarajevo on Thursday to probe into possible Bosnian connection of the last year's bombing attacks on London, when 52 people died, "Nezavisne Novine" paper reports, quoting a source from the Bosnia-Herzegovina's Prosecution Office. Initially, the news was made public by the Swiss agency ISN Security Watch. The paper's source said the British investigators expressed interest on four British citizens of Afro-Asian origin, who had been staying in BiH. "It is believed the brother of one of the London suicide bombers was among...
  • Life of Ibrahim Rugova: Victory in Politics, Defeat to Cancer

    01/22/2006 12:52:21 AM PST · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 269+ views
    From 1989 till 1995, namely until the Dayton Accord, the Kosovans faithfully followed Rugova's passive resistance. The Dayton Accord, which put an end to the Yugoslavian War, was in fact a real shock to the Kosovans, for there was no word at all in it about the Kosovo issue. Americans, who guaranteed Rugova that Kosovo would be the next issue on their agenda, did not keep their promise. No wonder that the entrance of the Kosovo Liberation Army The Kosovo Liberation Army logo (Ushtria Clirimtare E Kosoves - UCK, under the leadership of Hashim Thaci, coincided the year 1996, when...
  • Albania seizes apartment of alleged bin Laden associate

    01/19/2006 1:45:03 PM PST · by joan · 7 replies · 306+ views
    calibre ^ | January 19, 2006
    Released : Jan 19, 2006 12:17 PM TIRANA, Albania-Police said Thursday they had seized an apartment belonging to a man alleged to have worked with Osama bin Laden on setting up terror networks in Albania. Police took control Wednesday of a three-room apartment belonging to Abdul Latif Saleh, who holds Jordanian and Albanian citizenship, in Kukes, 200 kilometers (120 miles) northeast of the capital Tirana, a statement said. Saleh was placed on a U.N. sanctions list in September, requiring all U.N. members to impose a travel ban on him and block his assets. Saleh is also being investigated for alleged...
  • Slovak military plane crashes near Slovak-Hungarian border (back from Kosovo)

    01/19/2006 12:59:45 PM PST · by joan · 6 replies · 318+ views
    calibre ^ | January 16, 2006
    Released : Jan 19, 2006 3:46 PM BUDAPEST, Hungary-A Slovak military plane crashed near the Slovak-Hungarian border Thursday with around 48 people on board, a Hungarian Defense Ministry official said. There was no immediate word of causalities. Hungarian Defense Ministry spokesman Istvan Bocskai said on Info Radio that about 48 people were on board the plane, which was flying from Kosovo to Slovakia and crashed close to the Slovak-Hungarian border.
  • Former general speaks on experiences

    01/18/2006 7:04:35 AM PST · by kronos77 · 18 replies · 712+ views
    The Exponent ^ | Craig Davison
    When the four-star retired general walked into Loeb Playhouse for his speech Tuesday night, he didn't head directly to his seat in the front row next to Purdue President Martin Jischke. Instead, he walked down the aisle pausing at each row, shaking hands, looking each person directly in the eyes and saying "Hi, I'm Wesley Clark." This is not the expected greeting most would expect from someone of Clark's stature former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO forces in Europe and candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 2004 presidential election. But this is how the 2006 Sears Lecture Series began....
  • SERBIA: ALBANIANS IN PRESEVO VALLEY WANT TO JOIN KOSOVO

    01/16/2006 7:58:27 AM PST · by joan · 12 replies · 439+ views
    AKI ^ | January 16, 2006
    Belgrade, 16 Jan. (AKI) - Sensing that Serbia’s southern Kosovo province, with majority ethnic Albanian population, might be moving towards independence, ethnic Albanians in the neighboring Presevo Valley have expressed a demand for greater autonomy and possibly joining their Muslim brothers in Kosovo. Ethnic Albanian representatives in three municipalities in southern Serbia, Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja on Saturday adopted a resolution demanding “political and territorial autonomy” for their region and withdrawal of Serbian army from the area. The platform adopted over the weekend recalled that ethnic Albanians in the three municipalities had voted at a referendum in 1992 for independence...
  • Political "Interests" Saved Kosovo's Thugs: Interview with Detective Stu Kellock

    01/15/2006 2:57:03 PM PST · by kronos77 · 2 replies · 202+ views
    balkanalysys.com ^ | jan. 13th 2006.
    In this exclusive interview with a Canadian police detective of long and varied experience, Stu Kellock, readers get the inside story of how UN investigators in Kosovo sought to crack down on criminals and terrorists – but were systematically stopped, because of the perceived need to safeguard the interests of the Western political elite and their local protégés. Stu Kellock, the former head of UNMIK’s Regional Serious Crime Unit in Pristina, provides an extraordinary insider’s perspective on the difficult and oftentimes dangerous work of investigating organized crime in Kosovo. This article, which contains several minor bombshells regarding the interlinked topics...
  • Boyle: Haye`s reforms- Serb Bosnia to succeed to Serbia.

    01/15/2006 7:58:56 AM PST · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 434+ views
    FENA ^ | jan. 15 th 2006. | FENA
    Reforms of Hayes, UN dep. high repr. in bosnia are aimed so that in forecoming Kosovo status negotiations, Half of Bosnia, e.i. Serb republic is to be given to Serbia to compensate Albanian claims on indipendancy of Kosovo, says Francis Boyle, US professor and Bosnia attorney on Genocide and agression claims against Serbia infront international court. " I, myself have carefuly looked Heyes`es documents, made by US state Departmant, and Serb republic is at same level as Bosnia, and that is done on pourpouse." said he. "His reforms are strongening Serb Republic (Christian enthity in Bosnia) in order to succeed...
  • Serbian FM, "Albanian for president of Serbia, if they accept broad authonomy plan"

    01/12/2006 8:40:39 AM PST · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 333+ views
    Serbia-Montenegro foreighn minister said in his statement to Kurir newspapers. "Offer is that if agreed to compromise, Albanians will gain proportional number of parlament members, places in all ministerys, including proportional number of command structure in police and in the army, judiciary and legislative bodies of Serbia." said Draskovic. Asked if thet means that Albanian can be president of Serbis, Draskovic said "If they accept broad authonomy in Serbia _ yes."
  • Bosnians Remain Armed as Fears of Further War Endure

    01/09/2006 8:46:00 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 7 replies · 331+ views
    Bosnians Remain Armed as Fears of Further War Endure By: Deutsche Welle Published: Jan 7, 2006 at 08:24 Fearing a new conflict, many Bosnians are doggedly holding on to weapons left over from the country's 1992-1995 war, despite efforts by foreign and local authorities to seize them. "Yes, I have a Kalashnikov and it's illegal, but every time they take one of them, I find another one," said Bosnian Serb Pajo, who has already had three of the assault rifles confiscated on different occasions. "In this region having a weapon means having security, because this is a kind of place...
  • Serbs cross Kosovo divide for Orthodox Christmas

    01/07/2006 12:11:50 PM PST · by kronos77 · 25 replies · 618+ views
    Malaysia Star ^ | jan. 7th 2006. | Matthew Robinson
    MITROVICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - NATO troops in Kosovo secured the fire-gutted Serbian church in the flashpoint town of Mitrovica on Saturday as dozens of Serbs crossed the bridge into the Albanian-dominated south to mark Orthodox Christmas. Split into Albanian and Serb halves, Mitrovica in northern Kosovo has seen some of the worst clashes since the end of the 1998-99 war and the town's division by French troops at the Ibar River. Serbs holding candles attend a service for Orthodox Christmas in the fire-gutted Serbian church in Mitrovica, 40 kilometres north of the Kosovo capital Pristina, January 7, 2006....