RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Balkans http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/rss.html me http://www.rtcg.me/img/logo.png RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Balkans http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/rss.html Gruevski fled to Hungary http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/220926/gruevski-fled-to-hungary-.html Macedonia's former prime minister Nikola Gruevski has fled to Hungary and asked for political asylum, according to his Facebook post, after a Skopje court ordered his arrest when he failed to surrender for a two-year corruption sentence. ]]> "I am in Budapest and I have requested political asylum from the authorities in Hungary," Gruevski wrote on Facebook.

He added that in the past few days, he received death threats.

"I will always remain faithful to Macedonia. I will never give up," said Gruevski, for whom the Macedonian authorities issued an arrest warrant after failing to serve him with court papers to serve two years in jail for abuse of office connected to acquisition of an armored Mercedes car.

Until now, Gruevski's location was unknown.

He is also a suspect in three more cases opened by the Special Prosecution in Skopje.

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Gruevski did not appear to serve his sentence http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/220798/gruevski-did-not-appear-to-serve-his-sentence.html The investigative prison "Skopje" informed the Skopje Criminal Court today that the MP and former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski did not voluntarily apply for serving the sentence within the legal deadline. ]]> Skopje criminal court reported to the local media that after several unsuccessful attempts since Friday,  they will try to give Gruevski a ruling again today.
A former Macedonian prime minister has lost his final appeal of a court decision sentencing him to two years in prison over corruption-related charges.
A panel of judges at the Skopje criminal court on November 9 rejected Nikola Gruevski's appeal after "reviewing all the facts and evidence" in the case, the panel said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear whether Gruevski intended to hand himself in to authorities to serve the sentence. His lawyers have petitioned the Supreme Court for a retrial.
The former leader of the conservative main opposition party VMRO-DPMNE was sentenced in May to two years in prison for unlawfully influencing Interior Ministry officials over the purchase of a luxury vehicle at an estimated cost of 600,000 euros.
He was ordered to present himself at Skopje's Shuto Orizari prison on November 8, but submitted a last-minute appeal.
The 48-year-old politician, who served as prime minister from 2006 to 2016 and is still a VMRO lawmaker, had requested that the prison sentence be deferred, citing his parliamentary duties.
VMRO leader Hristijan Mickoski condemned the court decision, claiming that Macedonia's judiciary is "absolutely" under the control of the Socialist-led government.

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Detention for suspects of war crimes against Croats http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/220518/detention-for-suspects-of-war-crimes-against-croats.html The BiH Prosecutor's Office will ask the Court of BiH after the interrogation to order the detention for eight people arrested yesterday on suspicion thay committed war crimes in the area ofCentral Bosnia against victims of Croatian nationality. ]]> The detention will be proposed because of the danger that the suspects,if free, could disrupt the investigating, conceal evidenceand influencethe witnesses and accomplices, the BiH Prosecutor's office said.

 

Members of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) arrested eight people in the Vitez, Zenica and Sarajevo areas yesterday for suspecting that they committed war crimes against victims of Croatian nationality.

 

At the locations of Krizancevo Selo, Safradin and Dubravice, on December 22, 1993, at least 12 captured HVO members who had previously surrendered, as well as two civilians, women of Croatian nationality, were slaughtered.

 

The suspects are charged with plundering and destroying property.

 

Bodies of the dead were exchanged 40 days after the crime and signs of abuse and cutting of body parts were observedon the remains of the victims.

 

Some of the suspects are charged with direct involvement in the crime in the capacity of commanders of the BiH Army units. They have also not taken any steps to prevent crimes and prosecute and punish the perpetrators.

 

This war crime is one of the greatest sufferings of victims of Croatian nationality in the region ofVitez and the surrounding area during the war in BiH.

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Draft Amendment on the name of Macedonia adopted http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/220393/draft-amendment-on-the-name-of-macedonia-adopted-.html The Macedonian Constitutional Committee adopted a draft-amendment, which stipulates that the name of the state of the Republic of Macedonia in the Constitution is replaced by the name Republic of Northern Macedonia. ]]> This first out of the four amendments to the Macedonian Constitution, proposed by the Macedonian government in accordance with an agreement with Greece on resolving the dispute over the name of Macedonia, was adopted after second day of the debate.

In favor of the amendment voted 10 members of the Committee, while five were against.
 After the Committee endorsed the first draft-amendment, the president of the parliament, who is also chairman of that body, Talat Xhaferi, opened a debate on the draft-amendment related to the changes in the preamble of the Constitution of Macedonia.
The remaining two draft-amendments to the Constitution of Macedonia deal with the establishment of the Macedonian national identity and statehood and relations with the Macedonians abroad.
Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi scheduled a plenary session on December 1 when the MPs will vote on amendments, with previous declaration on the subject by the Legislative and Legal Committee.

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Three people suspected of murdering police officers arrested http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/220184/three-people-suspected-of-murdering-police-officers-arrested.html Police in Bosnia arrested three people involved in the murder of two policemen in the center of Sarajevo on the night of October 26th. The two suspects were detained after being questioned. ]]> Members of the State Police Agency (SIPA) during the night arrested three people involved in car theft activities and similar crimes in the Rogatica area of eastern Bosnia.

Police in Rogatica also found the Range Rover, which was mentioned in earlier media reports as a vehicle used by persons who shot and killed Adis Sehovic and Davor Vujinovic, two police officers from the Sarajevo Canton.
During the investigation into the murder of police officers, more than 80 people were interrogated and 12 locations searched.

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The Kosovo Army will not be formed until November 28th, as Vucic announced http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/219558/the-kosovo-army-will-not-be-formed-until-november-28th-as-vucic-announced.html The first man of the Kosovo Security Force, Lieutenant-General Rahman Rama, denied that Kosovo would form the army on November 28, as it is said by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. ]]> According to the portal Kossev, referring to Indexsonline, Rama has

said that it is still expected that the necessary procedure will first end in

Assembly of Kosovo.

"As a representative of the institution, I do not have any information about when it would happen, it's a question for the Assembly. We just work on drafting the law, while decisions are made by someone else,’’ Rama said.

He added that forming the Kosovo army is not a matter of date.

Deputy Minister of the Kosovo Security Forces, Agim Ceku, also

said that this decision depends on the parliament.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said yesterday he had knowledge

that the Kosovo Army would be formed on November 28, Albanian Flag Day.

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Red meteo-alarm along the Drava River http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/219429/red-meteo-alarm-along-the-drava-river-.html Heavy rains and stormy winds blocked roads in Slovenia. ]]> The worst situation is expected this afternoon along the river Drava.

In the northeast of the country, a red meteoalarm was issued along the Drava River, and citizens were warned to take all possible measures against floods.

Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec announced the visit to the largest cities on the banks of the Drava, Dravograd, Maribor and Ptuj.

During last night, the northern region of Koruska, the north-eastern Gorenjska region and the Primorska region in the east were affected the worst, as the roads were blocked due to fell trees and smaller floods.

The biggest issue is possibility of flooding banks of Drava River.  

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Sarajevo: Both policemen died http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/219033/sarajevo-both-policemen-died-.html Two police officers were killed in a shooting incident in Sarajevo after they confronted a group of people who were attempting to steal a car. ]]> Apparently, unidentified gunmen opened fire on the policemen when they noticed the perpetrators trying to steal a car in the Bosnian capital on Friday morning, Sarajevo Canton police said.

“The police officers did not even get out of their car, they did not fire first, but the unknown perpetrators started shooting as soon as they saw police," Adem Zolj, the premier of Sarajevo Canton, told at a` press conference.

The officers who died were named as Adis Sehovic, aged 46, and Davor Vujinovic, aged 43.

Investigators were at the crime scene while Sarajevo police were cooperating with police forces in Serb-dominated East Sarajevo to search for the perpetrators, a police spokesperson told the press conference.

According to local media, members of Bosnia’s State Investigation and Protection Agency are also involved in the operation.

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All those that have recognized Kosovo, should think again http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/218910/all-those-that-have-recognized-kosovo-should-think-again-.html Serbian defense minister Aleksandar Vulin said that most of the security threats facing Europe today have been caused by the unipolar world “in which force is its own justification, leading to the death of international law”. ]]> At the Beijing Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, Vulin said that “international law died when NATO bombed Serbia without UN Security Council approval” and that Kosovo should not be Interpol member.

“How could Interpol maintain its reputation if it shares information on drug dealers with Pristina where the most powerful narco clans come from? All of you who have recognized Kosovo as the consequence of force should think again because what has been done to my country can be done to you. Once force becomes the law you won’t know when it will be used against you,” said Vulin.

He said that everyone who wants to remain free should oppose the unipolar world.
“The southeast Europe region, and most of the world, is affected by Islamic fundamentalism, the migrant crisis and the restoration of a unipolar mentality and all our problems can fit into a single sentence – the death of international law,” Vulin said.

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Vucic: We will organize a military parade with 8.000 soldiers http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/218803/vucic-we-will-organize-a-military-parade-with-8000-soldiers.html Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Wednesday that the country’s army would have an army training with 8.000 soldiers taking part on November 10, the Beta news agency reported. ]]> “Bosniaks, Croats, Albanians, they all had exercises and drew targets, drew us, while we are preparing for prevention actions only,” Vucic said.

Earlier reports said that Belgrade would organise a big military parade to mark November 11th Remembrance Day, as a reminder of the day when the hostilities in the First World War formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.”

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Ivo Sanader convicted of war profiteering http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/218567/ivo-sanader-convicted-of-war-profiteering.html Former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader was sentenced to two and a half yearsprison sentence for war profiteering. ]]> Judge Jasna Galesic found Sanader guilty in an affair forreceiving a bribe from the Austrian bank Hypo in the war period in 1995, ‘’index.hr’’ reports.

In her explanation she stated that Sanader abused his position and committed acts against official duty and warprofiteering.

As alleged, the verdict to Ivo Sanader for war profiteering is the first of it’s kind in the history of Croatia.

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Three new types of narcotics found in Serbia http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/218302/three-new-types-of-narcotics-found-in-serbia-.html Serbia’s health care and law enforcement authorities warned on Friday that three new types of narcotics has been reported in the country but did not specify which ones. ]]> A press release said that the Health Care Ministry, police and Security Information Agency (BIA) had identified the three new types of drugs on the underground market. 

The Health Ministry said that it had been informed by the European Monitoring Centre that a number of new pyscho-active substances had been detected in the European Union, adding that 19 new substances were being placed on the list of controlled substances. 

The press release said that Serbian police recently seized three litres of the so-called God drug for the first time.

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Eurasian Union is an alternative to Macedonia for the EU and NATO http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/218098/eurasian-union-is-an-alternative-to-macedonia-for-the-eu-and-nato.html Russia's Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizov offered Macedonia Eurasian Union as an alternative to NATO and the EU. ]]> In an interview with the MIA agency, Chizov estimated that it was better for Macedonia to join the Eurasian Union as "more humane and democratic organization ", but to NATO which he considers to be" the wrong concept from the past a century that has not succeeded in transforming itself. "

The Macedonian agency says it is in a lengthy interview, beside Macedonian aspirations for membership in NATO and the EU, Chizov made his views on the referendum of September 30th and the agreement between Macedonia and Greece signed in June in Prespa, as well as missed opportunities to resolve the dispute names with Greece over the past 25 years.

,,My general assessment happens to coincide with the assessment of the State Electoral Commission of Macedonia , which declared the referendum invalid. There are two reasons for that .One is the low turnout, which was well below 50 percent, and the second is the confusion over what the referendum was about.If it was about the new name, then why wasn’t the name even mentioned in the question posed at the referendum?’’

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Macedonia’s destiny depends of nine votes http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/217973/macedonias-destiny-depends-of-nine-votes-.html The Sobranje continues its session on the Government's motion to initiate constitutional changes, including the change of the name of Macedonia. ]]> Deputies from the ruling majority and the opposition yesterday tried to convince each other why the provisions of the Agreement with Greece were acceptable, that is, why they were in conflict with the interests of the Macedonian people and the state.

The session was attended by Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev and former Prime Minister and leader of opposition VMRO DPMNE Nikola Gruevski.

For the constitutional amendments, in order to verify the name change, a two-thirds majority of 80 deputies in the Sobranje is required. The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's Social Democrats has 71 deputies.

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Against Komsic as a representative http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/217569/against-komsic-as-a-representative.html A few thousand citizens of Mostar, but also of other communities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, participated in a protest walk against the election of ZeljkoKomsic for BiH Presidency Member on General Elections 2018. ]]> The walk started from the campus of the University of Mostar, writesBljesak.info.

Three municipalities from Herzegovina have declared Zeljko Komsic undesirableperson.

The crowd lit the candles in Mostar as a sign of disapprovalof the election of Zeljko Komsic as Croat member of the BiH Presidency.

The candles were set on the promenade in front of the office of the Croatian member of the Presidency of BiH and the crowd sang the song "Hercegovina in heart". They also held a flag of Herceg Bosna.

The protesters carried banners "Not My President" and "R.I.P.

Democracy", writes Bljesak.info.

Zeljko Komsic was elected for the third time as a member of the  Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the ranks of the Croatian people, collecting more than 190,000 votes.

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"Relations burdened by poor rhetoric" http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/217448/relations-burdened-by-poor-rhetoric.html Relations between Croatia and Serbia are burdened with open issues from the times of independence and aggression, as well as bad rhetoric, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said. ]]> He accused Serbia of talking badly about Croatia in the international community and added that the official Zagreb would respond resolutely, Tanjug reports.

Plenkovic said that Croatia cares about its citizens living outside the homeland, it wants to connect them with it and to provide them with protection in states where they are a minority.

Commenting on the elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Plenkovic said that the meaning of the Dayton Peace Accords was made pointless for the third time.

He added that he was satisfied with the fact that eight members of national minorities supported his government.

"The government protects and enhances minority rights, despite their increasingly lively inquiry. Initiatives aimed at diminishing the rights of minorities undermine the achieved democratic standards and the government opposes it," said Plenkovic.

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Elections in 2020 http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/217357/elections-in-2020.html Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s President, said in Kazakhstan on Wednesday that the elections in his country would be held in 2020 and that he hoped no one thought of taking power by force, the FoNet news agency reported. ]]> He referred to some statements by public figures who said they expected that Belgrade regime would change soon.

 

Commenting on a survey showing that 44 percent of people in Serbia were against the separation from Kosovo, Vucic said that it always should bear in mind what impact the changes in the world had on the ground.

 

“It will be recorded that people did not want that, and we will see what will happen in 20-30 years and who was right. My job is to respect the will of the people,” he told reporters in Astana.

 

Vucic was on a two-day visit to Kazakhstan to improve economic relations with that ex-Soviet republic, the last to have declared independence from the former USSR.

 

He has said he usually does not comment on opinion polls, but asked “what the 44 percent against the separation means? Does that say that 44 percent are in favour of independent Kosovo as a whole? There are eight to 12 percent of those who want that.”

 

“We have great relations with Russia and China, but what would we do when they (the Albanians) attack our people in the north (of Kosovo),” Vucic asked.

 

Commenting the possibility of Kosovo solution that may include the demarcation mentioned in the  European Parliament (EP) resolution on Western Balkans, Vucic said that they (EP) could speak about everything they want, while Serbia had to protect its interests.

 

“I don’t know what they have to do with that, but all right. It has to do with everyone in the world, the least with the Serbs and the Albanians. No one has to ask them,” Vucic said, adding “that has nothing to do with the reality.”

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Trump wants to solve the Kosovo issue http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/216876/trump-wants-to-solve-the-kosovo-issue.html The US senator, Ron Johnson has said that the US president, Donald Trump is interested in seeing that all the issues concerning relations between Kosovo and Serbia are solved. ]]> In an interview for the Voice of America (VOA ) he also said that people in Kosovo and Serbia should know that the US administration is focused on this problem and that it’s aware of the importance of peace in the Balkans.

“The administration is interested in this. I have travelled three times to the Balkans and people of this region should know that the US administration is interested in finding a solution”, he said.

Speaking of frequent visits of Aleksandar Vucic to Moscow, Johnson said that US did note care of Vucic and Putin’s meetings, and added he understands Vucic's need to maintain good relations with Russia, although Russia, unlike the west, does not offer economic prosperity to Serbia, the VOA reports.

 "I do not have problem with Vucic wanting to maintain good relations with Russia and to continue dialogue with Vladimir Putin, but I think he made it clear in which direction the Serbian economy and Serbian society will go - towards the west," Johnson said.

He added that Serbian and Kosovo politicians should be enabled to make agreement on the long-lasting  dispute. 

"Yes, we want to do everything we can to encourage and enable President Vucic and Kosovo officials to resolve this long-standing dispute and reach an agreement that will allow stability in the Balkans," Johnson said.

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Fine for Dodik because of the hate speech http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/216738/fine-for-dodik-because-of-the-hate-speech-.html Milorad Dodik has been fined with 5.000 convertible marks, and the SNSD with 7.000 because of hate speech, decided members of the Central Election Commission (CIK) of BiH, at the session held today. ]]> At the same session, alleged violations of the election law of BiH have been discussed
The Alliance for Victory filed an application against the candidate of the SNSD for BiH Presidency Member Milorad Dodik for the speech he held in Bileca on September 22nd.

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Thaci does not need permission for Northern Kosovo http://www.rtcg.me/english/balkans/216635/thaci-does-not-need-permission-for-northern-kosovo.html The chief spokesperson for KFOR, Vincenzo Grasso, says Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has the right to move everywhere in Kosovo without any permission. ]]> Grasso said this while talking about Thaci's recent visit to Lake Gazivode, which further strained Belgrade-Pristina relations, and stressed that there was "no incident, arrest or military operation at that time."

"We confirm that there were no incident, no arrests, no military operations, no attack on anyone... Thaci visited this area and during the visit he was accompanied by a Kosovo police team that protects important persons," Grasso told Demostat website, commenting on Thaci's trip to Gazivode last Saturday, and the tension that it caused.

Grasso "confirmed that KFOR was not informed in advance of the visit but said that Mr. Thaci, as the highest leader of the Kosovo institutions, is free to move everywhere in Kosovo."

"Kosovo police do not have to ask for any permission to go to the north of Kosovo, they did not violate any rule," Grasso said.

The KFOR representative added that the situation in Kosovo was "calm and under control" adding that KFOR "calls on all parties to reduce tensions to the lowest level."

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