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  • U.S.: DISMAY AT ARREST OF ETHNIC SERBS

    New York, 18 Dec. (AKI) - Serbs living in the United States are reported to be deeply disturbed and worried by recent arrests of fellow Serbs in connection with the 1990s Balkan wars, community leaders have said. In a six-state swoop, American agents arrested 13 Serb immigrants last week and are looking for another three who are still at large. One of those arrested, Nedjo Ikonic, is being investigated for allegedly having taken part in the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica when it was overrun by Serb forces in...
  • The Bush Doctrine Need Not Apply-Bush administration blesses a terror state into existence.

    08/24/2006 5:17:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 962+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-24-06 | Julia Gorin
    Although Kosovo set a terrifying precedent for Israel, at least two Jews are happy about it. In a recent Wall St. Journal-Europe piece titled “Balkan Choice,” Morton Abramowitz and Mark Schneider write that Serbian President Vojislav Kostunica’s opposition to Kosovo independence risks making his country an “international pariah.”Have these two been asleep for 15 years? Serbia has been a pariah since it began fighting Islamo-nationalist terror without the West’s permission. Serbs were the first ones fingered in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the ones bombed by Bill Clinton in 1995 for a Sarajevo marketplace massacre — despite British intelligence...
  • 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...
  • Fiery Campaign Imperils Bosnia’s Progress, Officials Warn

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aug. 23 — For a month usually devoid of political activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, August has been unusually fraught, as several incidents have raised ethnic tensions to a level not seen in years. On Aug. 11, a bomb severely damaged the tomb of Alija Izetbegovic, the former Bosnian president. Last week in eastern Bosnia, a group of Muslims forced their way into a Serbian church built on the former site of a mosque. And the broadcast of a videotape showing the wartime killing of an unarmed Bosnian Serb by Muslims prompted calls for a senior...
  • BOSNIA: LIKE IT OR LEAVE, SAYS MUSLIM LEADER

    Sarajevo, 24 August (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim leader Sulejman Tihic has told local Serbs to stop talking about a possible referendum on independence, because Bosnia was indivisible and those who don’t like it should leave the country. Tihic, who currently chairs Bosnia’s three-man rotating state presidency, has been an outspoken advocate of Muslim demands for the abolition of Bosnia’s Serb entity, Republika Srpska (RS). Local Serbs for their part have threatened to hold a referendum on independence. The quarrel prompted the high representative of the international community in Bosnia, Christian Schwarz Schilling, to intervene last week demanding that politicians on...
  • 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...
  • Radicals: "Armed defense an option” (Christians responding to Muslim threats)

    07/29/2006 1:10:12 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 499+ views
    B92.net ^ | 28 July 2006
    Tomislav Nikolic said that the armed defense must be the last resort, should the future Kosovo status talks produce independence for the province. ;We have already had a chance to defend Kosovo against much stronger enemies”, Nikolić said in an interview with the Serbian state television (RTS), stressing that armed defense is the last option and that diplomacy must be given every chance. Nikolić said that the Radicals will take it to the streets and lead the citizens against the Serbian prime minister and president, Boris Tadić and Vojislav Koštunica, should they fail to start with preparations to return Kosovo...
  • Kosovo Terrorist and War Criminal visits Washington

    06/20/2006 6:56:12 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 38 replies · 847+ views
    The American Council for Kosovo Protests Washington Visit of Terrorist and War Criminal Agim Ceku –Kosovo Serb spokesman: Ceku should be standing trial, “not being received with honors in the capital of any civilized democracy.” The American Council for Kosovo protests the official visit to Washington, DC, of Agim Ceku, an indicted war criminal and former commander of the jihad terrorist organization, the so-called “Kosovo Liberation Army.” According to the Associated Press, Mr. Ceku is scheduled to meet today with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and with officials at the White House, before proceeding to New York for a...
  • Who Lost Kosovo?

    06/15/2006 2:47:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies · 875+ views
    But Kerry may have some competition. On Memorial Day, another former Democratic presidential candidate, retired General Wesley Clark, tried to rewrite the history of the war in Kosovo in order to make himself into a great military hero. "Last week," he said, "I returned to Kosovo for the first time since I retired from military service. For me, this trip was very personal. In 1999, I commanded the NATO forces that stopped the genocide against ethnic Albanians by Slobodan Milosevic and his Serbian forces." That sounds pretty impressive-commanding the forces that stopped genocide. Too bad it's not true. Genocide is...
  • Who Will Protect Kosovo’s Christians?

    05/27/2006 11:10:58 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 42 replies · 834+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | May 24, 2006 | by John Couretas, Director of Communications
    Who Will Protect Kosovo’s Christians? by John Couretas, Director of Communications This week, Montenegro voted to end its union with Serbia, the last remaining alliance of the former Yugoslav federation. News accounts of the vote frequently add matter-of-factly that Kosovo, the Serb province placed under the administration of the United Nations in 1999, is next in line to gain its independence and probably by the end of the year. But anyone who cares about religious freedom, the rights of minorities, and the rule of law should be highly skeptical of an independent Kosovo. Since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign...
  • Kosovo to be independent in months: ex-NATO general

    05/27/2006 8:19:43 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 46 replies · 785+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu May 25, 2006
    The former US general who commanded NATO's 1999 air war against Serbia predicted its southern province of Kosovo would become independent within months. Wesley Clark told Kosovo Albanian leaders in Pristina he had confidence in their "strong, positive and visionary proposals" to find a solution for Kosovo, which has been run by the United Nations and NATO since 1999. "I am confident that this issue will be solved very soon, and probably in few months, Kosovo will become independent and will respect the rights of all citizens," said Clark. "I believe that Kosovo will be welcomed into the family of...
  • 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 Pajtić said that the new Serbian constitution must guarantee autonomy for Vojvodina. Pajtić, 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.” Pajtić said at a two-day conference regarding regionalism and the models for Vojvodina’s 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...
  • Muslims Gave Away a State to the Montenegrins, Leader of Islamist Community in Montenegro Says

    05/24/2006 10:57:25 AM PDT · by joan · 10 replies · 585+ views
    Focus News Agency ^ | May 24, 2006
    24 May 2006 | 20:14 | FOCUS News Agency Banja Luka. The Muslims gave away a state to the Montenegrins because if they hadn’t taken a mass part in the referendum for the state status and hadn’t voted for its independence the country would not have received its independence, the leader of the Islamic community in Montenegro Rifat Fejzic stated cited by Serbian agency TANJUG. “The Muslims voted for Montenegro’s independence so that the Great Serbia and its ideas would come to an end,” he said and added that now “Montenegro has the great obligation to value that which the...
  • 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...
  • Montenegro vote opens separatist Pandora's box

    05/23/2006 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies · 936+ views
    AFP ^ | 23 May 2006 | Calin Neacsu
    Montenegro's independence could open a Pandora's box for other separatist movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with some already claiming the right to follow the same path. Separatists in Spain's Basque and Catalan regions were among the first to welcome Montenegro's independence vote as a positive omen for their aspirations of loosening ties with Madrid. But Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos stressed the situations in his country and Montenegro were "politically, diplomatically, juridically" incomparable and that making such a comparison would represent a "great irresponsibility". His view was supported by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Serbian "drug barons" said to have strong ties with Colombian cocaine traders

    03/31/2006 4:15:58 PM PST · by mark502inf · 9 replies · 10,752+ views
    Text of report by "E.B." entitled "Serbian drug barons are big players in Europe" published by Serbian newspaper Blic on 27 March Belgrade: Serbian drug barons, who maintain strong ties with cocaine traders in Colombia, the world's biggest producer of this narcotic, have strong business contacts also with the Albanian mafia, police information indicates. These good contacts on both sides of the Atlantic and highly functional trafficking routes, whereby tons of cocaine are smuggled from South America to Europe, have enabled them to take a place among the most powerful drugs traffickers in Europe. People have only recently become aware...