Archive for the month of September 2009
EULEX chief Yves de Kermabon said that a minimum level of cooperation with Serbia is necessary in order to effectively deal with organized crime along the border between Serbia and Kosovo, such as smuggling. These crimes affect other EU states as Italy and Germany as well. The cooperation with Serbia triggered a demonstration in Pristina earlier this month and EULEX vehicles have been targeted.
Source: EU Business
A EULEX convoy came under fire near the town of Zubin Potok, west of Mitrovica, Kosovo. A bullet struck one of the vehicles carrying Romanian troops. No injuries were reported.
The Bosnia town of Tuzla has filed criminal charges against Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik for denying the massacres of civilians in Tuzla and Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war. Dodik has said that the 1995 Serb mortar attack that killed 71 people in the northern town of Tuzla was staged and dead bodies brought from elsewhere. Prosecutors filed criminal charges against Dodik at three local courts on several counts, including the incitement of ethnic, racial and religious hatred.
EULEX police arrested four Kosovo Serbs on Wednesday suspected of committing war crimes.
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Dusan Ignjatovic — director of Serbia's National Council for cooperation with ICTY — says Serbia is fully cooperating and that 99% of ICTY's demands have been met. He said that as soon as "Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic are located, if they are in Serbia, they’ll be arrested and extradited to the Tribunal."
The Macedonian government has decided to remove the red star from its national coat of arms, shedding the last symbol of its socialist past.
The government's proposal will be submitted to parliament for adoption in the coming days.
Florence Hartmann, former ICTY spokeswomen, was found guilty of contempt and fined €7,000. In a book and an article Hartmann disclosed the existence of documents on Serbian government involvement in the Bosnian war of the 1990s.
Hartmann insisted the documents could prove a link between the Serbian government and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
ICTY is expected to deliver a verdict on Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman for ICTY, who was accused of contempt of court. Hartmann is accused of disclosing the existence of confidential documents on Serbian government involvement in the Bosnian war of the 1990s. She disclosed the existence in a book and an article. The documents are believed to be communications between the Serbian government and the Bosnian Serb army.