#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The Hungarian parliament is expected to vote September 22 on a ruling party proposal to use the army to help police protect the country’s border with Serbia, Reuters reported, citing a senior Hungarian ruling Fidesz party lawmaker.
Gergely Gulyas also said that there was no point in talking about migrant quotas until mass immigration was stopped. Hungary’s planned new transit zones near the Serbian border will be closed off from the rest of Hungary, the lawmaker said Wednesday, adding that migrants whose asylum requests are rejected will be returned to Serbia.
Budapest is resisting EU pressure to accept mandatory quotas to redistribute some of the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees.
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#AceNewsServcies – BOSNIA/SERBIA – June 27 – Bosnian Serbs erected a monument to Gavrilo Princip on Friday, a nationalist who shot and killed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, a move that set in motion World War I.
On Saturday, Sarajevo will mark 100 years since the assassination.
The bronze monument by Zoran Kuzmanovich, an architect from Belgrade, is two meters high and stands in the East Sarajevo district, RIA Novosti reported. The territory belongs to Republika Srpska, or the Bosnian Serb Republic.
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AceWorldNews – BALKAN STATES – (Tasnim) – June 01 – Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) dispatched a consignment of humanitarian assistance to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the two Balkan states stricken by the worst flooding they have seen in 120 years.
Deputy head of IRCS for the international and humanitarian affairs said on Saturday that the shipment of humanitarian aid included household items, foodstuff, and emergency shelters.
The Iranian Red Crescent was among the first organizations to dispatch relief aid to the Balkans after the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called on the world nations to help the flood-hit people in east Europe, Shahabeddin Mohammadi Araqi explained.
More than 50 people were killed by flooding and landslides in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia after the heaviest rainfall in more than a century caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping away roads, bridges and homes.
Serbia and Bosnia were worst hit and say the damage inflicted runs to hundreds of millions of euros each, a huge blow to their cash-strapped economies.
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#AceGuestNews – May 10 – (RFERL) – Having seen decades of war and violence, Omer Karabeg knows the transformative power of words. For 20 years, through his program “The Bridge,” he has sought to forge a dialogue among representatives of the former Yugoslavia’s different political, ethnic, and religious groups, whose views on his carefully chosen, contentious topics often could not be more at odds.
Karabeg’s guests run the gamut from hard-line politicians to political moderates to academics and cultural figures. While his pairings are often daring, he always insists on a civil discussion and mutual respect, qualities that are scarce in the region’s mainstream media.
Arbana Vidishiqi, RFE/RL’s Kosovo Bureau Chief, remembered how in 2002, with the wounds of the Kosovo war still raw, Karabeg gathered influential Kosovo Albanians and Serbs in a face-to-face round-table discussion in Pristina.
“That was so rare at that time, just after the war, to see those two sides talking,” said Vidishiqi. “What was especially interesting was to see these former [Albanian] guerilla fighters talking with Serbs even during the breaks.” Over the course of two decades, “The Bridge” has broadcast more than 800 such dialogues involving more than 1,500 participants.
The 30-minute weekly program began as a radio show and is now also recorded as a Skype broadcast for on-line audiences. On many occasions, the show has broken barriers between figures across political and ethnic divides who have then continued their dialogue in follow-up meetings off the air. Excerpts and quotes from the dialogues are regularly reprinted in high-circulation national newspapers throughout the region.
Much has changed since the first broadcast of “The Bridge” in April 1994 which, at the height of the Yugoslav war, focused on how to start the process of reconciliation between the Serb minority and the Croatian majority in Croatia. At that time, much of the former Yugoslavia was separated not only by ideology, but by violence, blocked roads, and broken telephone lines.
But Karabeg says some divides persist. “The most difficult combination to have on the show is nationalists, of course,” he said. “Nationalists don’t like discussion, they like monologues. They usually don’t change their minds after the show, but at least they talk; at least it gives them something to think about later.”
Originally from Bosnia-Herzegovina Karabeg is a veteran journalist who, before joining RFE/RL in 1994 in the early days of the Balkan Service (then known as the South Slavic Service), was a popular prime-time national TV news anchor in Belgrade.
He left Belgrade after refusing to broadcast nationalist propaganda during the war, an act of defiance for which he was called a traitor on national TV by government officials. Karabeg is the winner of the 2010 Erhard Busek South East Europe Media Award for Better Understanding in South East Europe.
He received the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia’s Jug Grizelj Award for promoting friendship and overcoming barriers between the people in the region. He has published selected dialogues from “The Bridge” in two books: “Bridge of Dialogue: Conversations Despite the War,” and “Dialogue on the Powder Keg, Serbian-Albanian Dialogue.”
While Karabeg has seen much progress in the region, he says the deepest rifts remain in Bosnia, where dialogue between politicians from the two main ethnic entities carved out in the Dayton Accords has broken down. “Each side has its own media where the politicians can go on and say whatever they want with no one to challenge them when they lie,” he said.
He added that separatist rhetoric has intensified in Bosnia since the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis, and that the international community must stay engaged there to keep the dialogue going.
” As the saying goes,” Karabeg said, “It’s better to have 1,000 days of talking than to have war for even one day.”
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#AceWorldNews – BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Friday thanked Russia and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev for helping Serbia cope with the powerful floods that are hitting its central and western regions.
“Serbia and the Serbian people will always remember Russia’s self-sacrificing and timely aid. They highly appreciate this gesture as a proof of genuine friendship between the two peoples,” Vucic wrote in his letter quoted by his press service.
Vucic extended his personal gratitude to Medvedev for timely aid.
“I would like to extend my cordial gratitude for the help which the Russian government had given to Serbia in time of need,” the Serbian prime minister went on to say.
The Serbia government has lifted the state of emergency which was introduced on May 15 over floods in the country.
The death toll reached 33 people, ITAR-TASS reported.
Authorities are planning to focus on reconstruction of energy sector, highways and railways.
The damage is estimated at 0.64 percent of the country’s GDP or 174.5 million euro.
During the floods, nearly 32,000 people were evacuated, 1,763 buildings were destroyed or are under threat of destruction.
Thirty bridges were totally destroyed and 50 big bridges were damaged.
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#AceNewsServices – BALKANS – May 19 – Approximately 25,070 people have been evacuated from flooded areas in Serbia, including 7,800 from Obrenovac, 40 kilometers west from Belgrade, which is the most affected by the disaster, Interior Ministry announced today.
“The thermal power plants “Kostolac” and “Te-Ko B” are not flooded, personnel is ready and generation of electricity is under control”, Ministry added in the statement.
In floods that are affecting Serbia since last week at least 17 people have died. According to some media speculations, which have been rebuffed by the government, there are more than one hundred casualties only in Obrenovac.
According to official figures, there were 12 casualties in Obrenovac with more than 7,800 people evacuated. In 2011 the municipality had a total population of 71,419.
The whole town is flooded and evacuated.
The Interior ministry stated that the situation is “especially difficult” in Krupanj, Sremska Raca and Jamen, all towns in the west of the country. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic arrived in Krupanj today and delivered help to the citizens.
Nikolic’s media adviser Stanislava Pak said there are casualties in Krupanj municipality.
Crisis staff are not up to the task.
The citizens are upset and they have the right to express their dissatisfaction”, Pak told Beta news agency.
Predrag Maric, head of emergency situations sector, said that “rumours and half-truths are directed to provoke panic and distrust”.
“For two days we are appealing to people to evacuate themselves, but they did not want to… The siren has been turned on… People have been called on evacuation, but they have refused to do so, two days before this (flood) happened”, Maric told B92 television.
“Serbia can count on one billion EUR from the European Union solidarity fund, in order to overcome long-term consequences of disastrous floods”, Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response said today.
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#AceWorldNews – SERBIA – May 19 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry sent an Il-76 plane with 38 tons of food to Serbia on Monday evening, ITAR-TASS reported.
Minister Vladimir Puchkov earlier in the day ordered an increase in Russian humanitarian aid, primarily medications and food for Serbia as it grapples with the worst flooding it has seen in a century.
Also on Monday, two Russian multi-purpose Ka-32 helicopters are expected to arrive in the Balkan country.
Some 72 Russian rescuers working in Serbia have already helped evacuate more than 2,000 people, including 604 children, RIA Novosti said.
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#AceWorldNews – KOSOVO – April 04 – Western officials are considering a plan for an EU-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, Reuters reported.
RT reports that Saturday’s edition of the Kosovo daily, Koha Ditore, will carry an interview with Jonathan Moore, director of the US State Department’s Office of South-Central European Affairs, who said preparations were under way with EU participation for a court based in Kosovo.
BELGRADE – The Serbian Office of the Prosecutor for War Crimes has welcomed the information by Tanjug that came from Brussels, which says that those from the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) indicted for the crimes listed in the report by Dick Marty will be tried in The Hague, and not in Pristina.
The majority of the work will be done outside Kosovo, meaning witnesses will give testimony abroad to protect them.
The move to stage a court stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur, Dick Marty.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 27 – Russian sappers have started a mine-clearing operation in the area around the town of Paracin in central Serbia.
“The operation began on March 26 when specialists of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry arrived in Serbia’s Paracin,” spokesman Aleksander Drobyshevsky told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“The operation will be held in two stages: from March to June and from June to September,” he said.
The ministry’s group involves 37 bomb disposal specialists from the Leader 294th High-Risk Rescue Centre and the 179th Rescue Centre.
“The centres’ servicemen have years-long experience of international mine clearing operations. They have been involved in the Russian-Serbian project for years,” Drobyshevsky said.
The explosive devices will have to be gathered mostly in Paracin’s suburbs with their dense greenery, he said.
“Bomb disposal specialists will use remote control robots, capable of shredding plants and and metallic objects,” Drobyshevsky said. “There where robots will fail the mine clearing work will have to be done by hand.”
Russia’s Ministry for Emergency Situations conducts the mine clearing operation in Serbia under the Russian government’s instructions.
Serbia’s territory is still stuffed with unexploded ammunition (bombs, bullets, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, etc), some of them dating back to World War II.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 21.- The Russian State Duma lower house of parliament on Friday ratified two inter-governmental agreements on military cemeteries which Russia had signed with Serbia and Slovenia.
These documents will create the legal foundation to ensure proper care for Russian war graves, monuments and memorials located in the territories of Serbia and Slovenia.
The sides will undertake mutual commitments in each particular case and will hand over free land allotments to each other for unlimited use to create new military cemeteries and renovate the old ones.