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  • Bush betrays Christians in Kosovo

    06/09/2007 5:09:07 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 729+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 9, 2007 | By Aleksandar Pavic
    First it came loudly and clearly through the State Department when on May 15 in Moscow, after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "Kosovo will never again be a part of Serbia." Then, in late May, George Bush himself came out in favor of the so-called Ahtisaari Plan for the Serbian province of Kosovo, named after its creator, Martti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland, by which that province is to gain independence under "international supervision," a view he has now restated at the G-8 Summit of the world's leading industrial states in Germany....
  • Report: Court to reject Bosnia's genocide lawsuit (Bosnia vs. Serbia)

    THE HAGUE -- The International Court of Justice today decides on Bosnia’s genocide lawsuit against FRY. The lawsuit, brought against the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in 1993, claims that FRY was responsible for alleged genocide that took place during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. The United Nation’s highest court’s ruling in the case will be presented to the public on February 26, by Judge Rosaline Higgins, on behalf of a panel of 15 judges. Belgrade daily Blic reports today quoting from sources close to the court that Serbia will not be found guilty of having committed genocide against...
  • Serbs dismiss Kosovo plan

    02/13/2007 4:56:46 PM PST · by Flavius · 6 replies · 346+ views
    the news ^ | February 14, 2007 | na
    BELGRADE: Kosovo Serbs and the influential Serbian Orthodox Church on Tuesday urged the government in Belgrade to reject a UN plan for Kosovo, saying it opens the way for secession of the southern province. The government of Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica immediately convened to adopt a resolution that would serve as Serbias official response to the recently presented UN plan on Kosovos future. The plan by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari envisages internationally supervised statehood for the disputed territory. The Serbian National Council, which represents some 100,000 Serbs still living in the province amid an overwhelming majority of independence-seeking ethnic Albanians,...
  • About 40 Israeli volunteers fight on the side of Serbs

    02/09/2007 12:43:23 PM PST · by kronos77 · 67 replies · 1,768+ views
    from Christopher Walker, Jerusalem About 40 Israeli volunteers have been fighting alongside the Serbs as a gesture of gratitude for Serb support for Yugoslav Jews against the Nazis in the Second World War. The existence of the Israeli fighters - they do not like the term mercenaries - was revealed by Ron Ben Yishai, an Israeli war correspondent who was injured by Kosovo Liberation Army sniper fire this week while reporting from the province for the Tel Aviv daily Yediot Aharonot. The paper said that all the Israeli fighters had emigrated to the Jewish state from the former Soviet Union...
  • Kosovo PM warns Serbs against breakaway (BARF Alert!)

    Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku has warned Kosovo Serbs not to try to break away from the rest of the province out of anger at a draft UN plan that would set it on a path to independence from Serbia. Ceku said no one was fully satisfied with the plan, which falls short of Kosovo Albanian demands for full sovereignty, but any bid by Serbs in the north to split the territory in two would not work. "They have to understand that this is not 1991. They cannot do what the Croatian Serbs did," he told Reuters in an interview....
  • The US Government with NATO joins the Jihad on Kosovo!

    02/03/2007 10:26:35 AM PST · by kronos77 · 21 replies · 778+ views
    The United Nations emissary of Finnish and Common Market origins has yesterday reported back. He has in effect made Kosovo an independent state and separated it forever from Serbia. From now on it will be a crime to be a Serb, a Jew, or a Romany in Kosovo. Kosovo will be ruled by a Fascist, Islamist and brutal regime and the future for Muslim Kosovons will be more destitution, more brutality and the complete imprisonment of the mind by the “ideas” of Islamofascism. What a future the US cum EU Empiricists have managed to map out for this once beautiful...
  • UN braced for clash with Russia on Kosovo (Russia defending Christians, US defending...UN?)

    01/29/2007 4:19:30 PM PST · by kronos77 · 68 replies · 1,250+ views
    “The independence of Kosovo is a reality, so we demand recognition of Kosovo’s international subjectivity without any delays,” said Agim Ceku, its Prime Minister. The main parties in the elections are opposed to independence for Kosovo, regarded as the cradle of Serb history and culture. Russia, Serbia’s traditional Orthodox Christian ally, has made it clear that it would not support any plan for Kosovo that went against Belgrade’s wishes. “Russia believes it is unacceptable that a decision on the status of Kosovo be imposed from the outside,” said President Putin on Sunday. As a permanent member of the UN Security...
  • Martic Witness Says UN Favoured Croats

    11/10/2006 3:43:57 PM PST · by joan · 5 replies · 284+ views
    IWPR ^ | November 10, 2006 | Katherine Boyle
    The trial of the former leader of the rebel Serb authorities in Croatia Milan Martic this week heard testimony from a witness who accused the UN of favouring the Croats over the Serbs and claimed that the US and Germany were instrumental in providing Croatian troops with weapons during the bloody Balkan wars. Patrick Bariot, a former UN Protection Force, UNPROFOR, soldier, strongly defended Martic and the Serbs, portraying the Serb population in the self-proclaimed Serbian Autonomous District of Krajina, SAO Krajina, as victims of an aggressive Croatian government and military and an international community that intentionally ignored their pleas...
  • Here Comes Kosovo

    11/10/2006 4:48:19 AM PST · by tgambill · 25 replies · 616+ views
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | November 10, 2006
    A decision to make the Serb province independent is near. Will Serbia and Russia obstruct it? THE SERBIAN parliament formally adopted a new national constitution on Wednesday, following its narrow approval by voters in a referendum last month. The document was a necessary replacement of the previous charter, which was adopted during the rule of nationalist warlord Slobodan Milosevic. But it may have won acceptance only because it included a preamble that would have warmed Mr. Milosevic's heart: a declaration that the province of Kosovo, which Serbia in effect lost seven years ago, is an "integral" and "inalienable" part of...
  • Serbia approves new constitution reasserting claim over Kosovo

    The Belgrade-based Center for Free Elections and Democracy said their sample count after polls closed in the two-day vote indicated the draft charter secured a 51.6 percent of voters' support. Related news Serbia votes to keep breakaway Kosovo Serbian voters narrowly approved a new constitution reasserting Serbia's claim over the breakaway Kosovo province, according to independent observers. The Belgrade-based Center for Free Elections and Democracy said their sample count after polls closed in the two-day vote indicated the draft charter secured a 51.6 percent of voters' support. The group estimated the turnout among Serbia's 6.6 million electorate was 53.5 -...
  • STRATFOR Croatia, Serbia: The Western Incentives Dilemma

    Summary The United States said it will push for Croatia to be admitted to NATO in 2008. Meanwhile, the United Nations signaled it will delay a decision on independence from Kosovo until after Serbian elections, to allow Belgrade the stability needed to join the European Union. These events, which are part of a move by the West to offer Balkan countries incentives to democratize, highlight problems with encouraging longtime rivals Croatia and Serbia both to join NATO and the European Union. If Croatia joins NATO, it can dictate the terms of any attempt by Serbia to secure membership itself via...
  • Julia Gorin: "It was a Busy Ramadan in Kosovo"

    10/24/2006 2:38:43 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 14 replies · 688+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | October 24, 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Remember that non-practicing, nominally Muslim province over which we bombed Christian children in their beds and dismantled multi-ethnic Yugoslavia? Yeah Kosovo. Except get used to the trendier, Islamic/Clintonite pronunciation Kosova for when it officially becomes an Islamic state in a few months (with U.S. approval). Because thats what we sold out our World War II Serbian allies for. And it gave us such a warm, fuzzy feeling to Balkanize the Balkans on behalf of Muslims who only hate us more now that were still too verklemped to talk about it. Here was the schedule for Kosovos highly Europeanized,...
  • Kosovo rises on international agenda (Good reading for begginers on Balkan Issue!)

    10/15/2006 1:25:05 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 532+ views
    But Kosovo -- a Serbian province of 2 million people that experienced a NATO bombing campaign in 1999 -- is on the brink of bursting onto the world stage once again. With the United States and the European Union pressing for resolution of Kosovo's final status this year, it once looked like independence was assured. But now Serbia is trying to put that decision off, which could reawaken Balkan unrest. After seven years of United Nations control, the majority Albanian and Muslim population is clamoring for independence. But the Serbian, largely Christian, minority is campaigning to remain attached to Serbia....
  • Back to Balkans (Arab Praise The Clinton)

    SERBIA remains firmly stuck in the past, paying little attention to the changes taking place all around it. The country has presented a serious challenge to the UN and world community by adopting a new constitution that claims Kosovo as its own. Now Kosovo is currently being administered by the United Nations. The UN was forced to enter Kosovo in the 1990s when the marauding Serb army (then Yugoslavian army) unleashed what has come to be known as the ethnic cleansing against the ethnic Albanian people of Kosovo. Tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians were hunted and killed like animals....
  • Disinformation: Operation Serbia (Gobels lives!)

    09/21/2006 4:13:06 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 384+ views
    Example of use of appropriate wording (interpretation) : In the following list, there are two different ways to describe the SAME FACT. Note that whatever formula is chosen, it can perfectly be inverted from pro- to anti-, and there is no way to be accused of lying or even distorting the truth. - Serbs are killed, Albanians are massacred or assassinated. - Serbs dig mass graves, Albanians dig tombs or communal graves. - A Serbian soldier with a Kalashnikov is a sniper, a KLA soldier with a Kalashnikov is a freedom fighter. - Serbian corpses have battlefield wounds; Albanian corpses...
  • Serbia toughens its stand on Kosovo

    09/13/2006 6:09:13 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 240+ views
    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia toughened its stand on Kosovo Tuesday as parliament decided that a planned new constitution would refer to the disputed province as an "integral" part of Serbia, regardless of U.N.-led negotiations on whether to grant it independence. The parliamentary vote effectively ruled out Belgrade's consent if the international talks decide in favor of the majority ethnic Albanians who want the province to be independent. The talks began this year to try to resolve the future of Kosovo _ a province about the size of Connecticut that has been run by the United Nations since NATO launched a...
  • KOSOVO - a land being Islamized by the United States, NATO and United Nations.

    09/12/2006 2:35:45 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Since World War Two you have had three major conflicts in the Balkans involving Orthodox Christian communities and Islamic communities; this applies to Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo respectively. On all three occasions the United States supported the followers of Islam and maybe one day the same will happen to Orthodox Christians in Macedonia? Yet unlike the large Christian communities of Bosnia and Cyprus, it is the land of Kosovo which is being Islamized and Albanianized under NATO, the UN, and other international institutions who are meant to be neutral. The media in the West is once more turning a 'blind...
  • Albanians Celebrate 600 Years of Islam

    "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Morina told IOL. PRISHTINA — The Islamic Community of Kosova (ICK) and the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Prishtina (FIS) will co-organize on September 16-17 an international symposium celebrating 600 years of Islam among Albanians. "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Qemajl Morina, one of the organizers, told IslamOnline.net. Debates about this issue and the role of Islam among Albanians...
  • Mediators in Kosovo: Serbs are guilty as nation

    09/04/2006 2:18:16 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Ahtisaari said that a group of experts will visit Belgrade shortly and he hopes that they in Belgrade will show a positive attitude to these proposals. During the press conference, Ahtisaari dismissed the charges of the Serbian delegation that during his Aug 8 with them he told them that the Serbs are guilty as a nation.” Particularly, Ahtisaari said that the Belgrade authorities should understand that the Milosevic policy (historical legacy) should be taken into consideration during the determination of Kosovo status and that “each nation in the world has its guilt and must pay for it.” The Serbian side...
  • US Pulling out Troops from Bosnia and Herzegovina

    08/30/2006 1:27:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 72 replies · 1,614+ views
    30 August 2006 | 14:52 | FOCUS News Agency Banja Luka. USA military forces started preparing for their pullout of the Eagle base near Tuzla, Serbian agency TANJUG informs citing Bosnian newspaper Oslobojdenje. The news of the pullout of the American troops has caused concern among Sarajevo political circles. Citing reliable sources the Bosnian newspaper announced the Americans will leave the base by the end of the year as they will be replaced by a Dutch battalion. The chair of the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Presidency Sulejman Tihic could not confirm definitely the news of the pullout of the US troops...
  • Serbia considers Kosovo partition

    08/12/2006 7:55:22 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 76 replies · 1,237+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 11 August 2006
    A senior Serbian government official has said she would accept a partition of Kosovo if no other long-term solution can be found. The president of Serbia's Co-ordination Centre for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, also said no Serb leader would ever sign a deal giving Kosovo independence. She said Belgrade's policy was for Kosovo province to have substantial autonomy within the Serbian state. Kosovo is technically part of Serbia but has been run by the UN since 1999. The vast majority of Kosovo's population are ethnic Albanian who have been pressing for independence. Kosovo's Prime Minister Agim Ceku has ruled out...
  • U.S. Senators call on Bush to support Serbia

    08/08/2006 1:04:42 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 82 replies · 2,154+ views
    WASHINGTON DC -- 25 U.S. Senators are asking that the U.S. president supports the democratically elected Serbian government. The letter argues that Serbia’s role is of vital importance for the future of South-Eastern Europe and America’s regional interests and that Belgrade has grown into a strong U.S. regional partner. “In order to help transform Serbia, the U.S. should support the reforms in the military and the security sectors, encourage cooperation with the Serbian Army and enabling its officers to attend military colleges and courses in the U.S.”, the letter said. The Senators remind that it is Serbia’s strategic goal to...
  • Olmert:European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told European leaders to stop preaching to him about civilian war casualties in an interview published on Sunday in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Olmert also said it would not be possible to completely destroy Hizbollah and insisted he did not underestimate them, saying they had fired just 3,000 of their arsenal of 15,000 rockets so far. PHOTOS The week's events from around the world, captured in pictures. VIEW THIS WEEK'S PHOTOS Diplomatic Dispatches Nora Boustany 's column reporting on Washington's diplomatic community appears each Wednesday and Friday in The Post....
  • SERBIA WEBSITE POSTS VIDEO OF 1995 MURDER OF SERB POWS BY CROATIAN PARAMILITARY (& Bosnian Muslims)

    08/06/2006 12:27:42 PM PDT · by joan · 41 replies · 2,022+ views
    BBC Monitoring/slobodan-milosevic.org ^ | August 4, 2006 | Andy Wilcoxson
    BBC Monitoring International Reports - August 4, 2006 Friday Excerpt from report by Belgrade-based Radio B92 on 4 August Belgrade, Zagreb, Banja Luka, 4 August: The 11th anniversary of Croatia's military Operation Storm was marked with a commemoration in St Mark's Church and a gathering in Nikola Pasic Square [in central Belgrade] today. Following the commemoration, a protest walk from St Mark's Church to Nikola Pasic Square was organized by the Association of Families of Missing Persons from Krajina [part of Croatia formerly with Serb majority]. A resolution was read out in Nikola Pasic Square to several hundred Serbs from...
  • As Bush stands firm in the Middle East, he capitulates Europe

    07/26/2006 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 114 replies · 2,256+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 26, 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Writing for an outfit called FamilySecurityMatters.org last week, Weekly Standard contributor and longtime champion of Balkan Muslims Stephen Schwartz describes an overnight bus ride from Kosovo's capital Pristina to a resort town in Montenegro: "A man behind me began speaking almost immediately and without stopping, in Albanian which I understandinsistently focused on the nature of G-d (a favorite subject for Islamic fundamentalists), [and on] the nefarious influence of Sufis who thought they could reinterpret the faith, the evil intentions of Americans, Iraq, and bloodshed. I was startled because it is rare to hear Albanians, after the rescue of Kosovo,...
  • Majority of Serbs back secession from Bosnia, says opinion poll

    BANJA LUKA, Bosnia • A majority of Bosnian Serbs support secession from Bosnia if Serbia's UN-run province of Kosovo was granted independence, a poll published in a Bosnian Serb newspaper yesterday showed. Forty percent of 850 people polled in Bosnia's Serb Republic fully agree and 22.3 per cent mostly agree with the idea of breaking away and joining Serbia, showed the Partner Marketing poll published in the independent weekly magazine Reporter. Twenty-eight per cent fully or mostly reject the idea. The Bosnian Serbs' lingering secession sentiment was revived after the Montenegrin vote in May to end a union with Serbia,...
  • Petersen Leaving In Armored Vehicle Sign Of His Success

    07/04/2006 7:47:13 AM PDT · by tgambill · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Tanjug | 2 July 06 | Tanjug
    Belgrade, 2 July 06. (Tanjug) The Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija announced that UNMIK Chief Soren Jesen-Petersen leaving Kosovo in an armored vehicle, showed that the international community did not fulfill its basic task for seven years, such as the creation of elementary security conditions of free living and freedom of movement. Petersens earlier statement, stated that he is leaving Kosovo for private reasons. Before his departure he clearly stated slogans on behalf of Albanian lobbyists who use all means in the fight for independence of the Serbian southern province, states the Center at the Sunday announcement. Coordination...
  • Austrian Writer Peter Handke: Send my award to the Serbs

    06/26/2006 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 350 replies · 4,230+ views
    ERPKIM ^ | June 23, 2006 | By D. Sekulic
    Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most extreme do not dare criticize him for it. He has given up the alternative Heinrich Heine award that the actors and intellectuals of Berlin wished to bestow upon him in favor of the Serbs of Kosovo, who live "surrounded by barbed wire and tanks". www.novosti.co.yu Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade June 24, 2006 By D. Sekulic, June 23, 2006 Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most...
  • Kosovo's president, PM to meet US Sec Rice during visit to US next week

    06/16/2006 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 951+ views
    Associated Press | 16 June 2006
    PRISTINA, Serbia - Kosovo's top leaders travel to Washington next week to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the president's office said Friday. President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku are to meet Rice on Monday, said Muhamet Hamiti, the president's adviser. Sejdiu will visit the United States for the first time since he was elected in February, succeeding Kosovo's late President Ibrahim Rugova, who died of lung cancer earlier this year. During his trip, Sejdiu will meet other officials in the State Department and the White House, the statement said. Ceku is also scheduled to...
  • NATO to reopen base in Serb north of Kosovo

    06/03/2006 10:49:10 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 28 replies · 485+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Jun 1, 2006 | Matt Robinson
    NATO said on Thursday it planned to reopen a base in the mainly Serb north of Kosovo, as a decision nears on ethnic Albanian demands for independence for the province and fears grow of an angry Serb reaction. "For operational reasons we see the need to reuse this installation," spokesman Col. Pio Sabetta told Reuters, without elaborating. Diplomats say there may be a risk of a unilateral Serb move to partition the United Nations-run province if independence is granted. The United Nations has contingency plans for an exodus of Serbs if Albanians are granted a state of their own. Sabetta...
  • Tribute to Major Richard L. Felman: Goodbye To a Tireless Warrior

    05/29/2006 7:40:54 PM PDT · by MadelineZapeezda · 19 replies · 523+ views
    Liberty ^ | January 2000 | Sandy Marquette
    by Sandy Marquette Tribute to Major Richard L. Felman Goodbye To a Tireless Warrior Major Richard L. Felman (U.S.A.F., ret.) May 29, 1921 - November 13, 1999 He never stopped. It became his mission in life. For 55 years, over half of this 20th Century, Major Richard L. Felman of the United States Air Force worked ceaselessly to do one thing. To repay a debt of gratitude. To say Thank You. As we in America celebrate our Thanksgiving, it is our turn to say Thank You to a man that we who knew him will never forget. Writing these things...
  • Independence for Kosovo means trouble, Serbia says

    05/30/2006 9:17:33 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 78 replies · 959+ views
    Netscape ^ | Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | Reuters
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Granting independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo against the will of Serbia would destabilize the Balkans, Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned on Tuesday. The United Nations is mediating talks on Kosovo's future status, which Western diplomats say are likely to conclude with a form of independence by the end of the year. Serbia is adamantly opposed to such an outcome. "I am very afraid of the possible imposed solution against the will of Belgrade of turning Kosovo into a state," Draskovic told a news conference. "The whole region, I think, would inevitably face turbulence." The...
  • Kosovo Albanians attack U.N.-escorted Serb lawyers

    05/26/2006 8:11:09 AM PDT · by joan · 22 replies · 434+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2006
    Thu 25 May 2006 11:52 AM ET (Updates with U.N. statement, details) PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro, May 25 (Reuters) - U.N. police in Kosovo fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of ethnic Albanians who stoned a United Nations convoy escorting Serb defence lawyers in the west of the province on Thursday. Three U.N. police officers and one translator were wounded when villagers blocked a road and lobbed stones at vehicles escorting two Serb members of a defence team accredited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, a U.N. statement said. "Police then had to clear the crowd,...
  • Vojvodina wants guaranteed autonomy (The last province of Serbia)

    05/24/2006 8:44:40 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 11 replies · 413+ views
    B92 Belgrade ^ | 10:12 May 23
    NOVI SAD -- Bojan Pajti said that the new Serbian constitution must guarantee autonomy for Vojvodina. Pajti, President of the Vojvodina Executive Council, said that the region must receive clear guarantees for a functional autonomy within the charter of the next Serbian constitution. Vojvodina must have guarantees for a legislative government, as well as the right to its own budget and properties. Pajti said at a two-day conference regarding regionalism and the models for Vojvodinas autonomy, held by the Vojvodina Parliament. Serbia cannot adopt a European constitution if it continues to ignore the demands of the Vojvodina citizens. We are...
  • Serbia's Navy Left High And Dry By The Vote For Independence

    05/23/2006 6:33:04 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 1,420+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-24-2006 | David Rennie
    Serbia's navy left high and dry by the vote for independence By David Rennie, Europe Correspondent (Filed: 24/05/2006) Serbia is about to join the select club of former naval powers. Officers, who remember the heyday of the old Yugoslav navy - it boasted nearly 80 warships - are weighing their options following Sunday's independence referendum in Serbia's sister republic of Montenegro. The Yes vote means Serbia will lose its sea ports and naval bases. Gen Radosav Martinovic, a military adviser to the government of Montenegro, said that the Serbian navy would be lucky to end up with some patrol craft...
  • Poll: Montenegro quits Serbia

    05/21/2006 6:39:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 80 replies · 1,239+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, May 21, 2006 | Bruce Konviser
    PODGORICA, Serbia-Montenegro (CNN) -- Voters in Montenegro decided narrowly to sever the country's union with Serbia, a move that would break up the last two pieces of the former Yugoslavia, unofficial poll returns from Sunday's referendum indicated. The election watchdog group CEMI said late Sunday that 55.5 percent of the more than 410,000 voters who cast ballots supported independence -- just over the 55 percent required for the question to pass. "I'm sure that tonight a democratic Montenegro will be celebrated," said Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, whose Democratic Party of Socialists had pushed for Montenegro's full independence. Opposition spokesman Predrag...
  • Montenegro 'chooses independence'

    05/21/2006 1:21:19 PM PDT · by lump in the melting pot · 44 replies · 1,144+ views
    BBC News Website ^ | 5/21/06 | BBC
    Montenegro has voted for independence from its union with Serbia, according to unofficial projections. If confirmed, the vote would erase the last vestige of the former Yugoslavia. Initial indications are that 56.3% of voters elected to secede from Serbia. The pro-independence bloc needs to win 55% of the vote to succeed. The question of independence has deeply divided Montenegro, with its opponents arguing that it will damage economic, family and political ties with Serbia.
  • We torched everything! (Italian police collected transcripts of Kosovo Albanians)

    05/17/2006 7:18:19 PM PDT · by joan · 44 replies · 1,197+ views
    Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade Wednesday, May 17, 2006 We torched everything! (transcripts of Kosovo Albanians) By Zeljko Pantelic, May 16, 2006 Organized Albanian criminal groups involved in the sale of drugs, people, illegal immigration, etc. were behind the March 2004 pogrom against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. This conclusion follows from taped telephone conversations between leaders of Albanian mafia organizations which since 2003 have been illegally transferring hundreds of illegal emigrants per year from Kosovo to Italy, and who were uncovered by Italian police at the beginning of this week. By wiretapping the conversations of Albanian criminals, investigating prosecutors in...
  • Ceku: Kosovo Albanian independence close

    05/15/2006 12:16:10 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 93 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May. 15, 2006 at 9:40AM | UPI
    Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku has says independence for mostly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo of Serbia's government in Belgrade is near. "A great dream of independence is close and it is only months away," said Ceku Monday in his regular weekly address in Kosovo, Serbia's southern province whose population of 1.8 million is 90 percent ethnic-Albanian........
  • Kosovo: The Plot Thickens

    05/12/2006 7:23:07 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 17 replies · 674+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 12 May 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    For a long time the proponents of Kosovo’s independence have acted as if the game was up, that all that remained was for the “international community” to settle on the formula for independence—and for Serbia to sign on the dotted line under pressure. Until recently, many old Balkan hands in the world’s capitals that matter expected that by the end of 2006 it would be all over. There are recent signs, however, that “it” won’t be over that soon, and that the outcome is by no means preordained. It did not look that way when the United Nations abandoned its...
  • Russia to build power plant for Serbs

    05/11/2006 11:17:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 49 replies · 712+ views
    Russian state-owned company Technopromexport has announced it will build a thermal power plant in Serbia within three years. The company Wednesday signed a contract with Serbia and Switzerland's Mentor Energy, company officials said. The construction of the plant, with two 450-megawatt blocks, is estimated to cost $877 million. Maja Gojkovich, mayor of the Serbian town Novi Sad, where the plant will be built, said the project will greatly benefit the economy of the town and the country, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "It will provide work for 5,000 to 6,000 Serbs and guarantee orders for a number of Serbian...
  • Montenegro is no one's junior partner

    05/03/2006 10:18:06 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 84 replies · 1,343+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 3 May 2006 | Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic
    The bloody collapse of Yugoslavia shamed Europe. But those of us who live in the Balkans know particularly well that dismantling that artificial state involved a series of murderous ethnic and religious wars and cost at least 100,000 lives, while hundreds of thousands had to flee their homes. This is not to mention the physical devastation. Such appalling and widespread massacres and ethnic cleansing Europe had not seen since the defeat of Nazism. There is, however, one positive story from those dreadful years. It involves my own small but fiercely proud multi-ethnic country, Montenegro, which was wiped off the map...