WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • July 8th marked 20 years since the Bytyqi brothers. The US Embassy in Serbia released this statement that calls for justice for the Bytyqi brothers and that the “murders still have not yet been properly and fully investigated.”
  • Thousands marched 68km (42 mi) in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Potocari Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.
  • Female member of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dajana Dangubic was attacked in Banja Luka “because she wears short hair.” She is the first female to drive tanks in BiH and has taken the dangerous jump from the Old Bridge in Mostar.
  • Voice of America (Albanian language): “Several dozen Albanian-America gathered Sunday at lunchtime in front of the White House to protest Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government and what they call the intervention of billionaire George Soros in Albania’s affairs.”
  • Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev congratulates Greece’s new Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on his election victory in Greece.
  • Meanwhile, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says he won’t head his party, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), next year.
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry statement in TASS on the agreement between Albania and Kosovo: “Provocative steps by Tirana and Pristina, which are in line with the Greater Albania concept, cause serious concern. We would like to point out that the United States and the European Union prefer not to react to such destructive moves, actually encouraging the Greater Albania sentiment that is harmful to the region.”
  • Serbia also denounced the move and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic wondered what the reaction  would be if Serbia did the same with Republika Srpska.
  • Voice of Croatia: “Administration Minister Lovro Kuščević resigned on Monday evening, in the wake of a real estate scandal that has been brewing in the media for weeks.”
  • The first images of the construction of the Peljesac Bridge by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation surface in Vecernje Liist. The project is partially funded by the European Union.
  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic: “As Tijanic used to say, Serbs are willing to sacrifice their lives for Kosovo, but few of them would be willing to live there. This fact speaks of all our paradoxes and absurdities. The situation is much more difficult than a decade or two decades ago, and a way too tougher then some 30 to 60 years ago”
  • Radio Canada International: “Kosovo refugee welcome to be commemorated“: “Canadian Forces airlifted more than 5,000 Kosovar refugees fleeing the Balkan crisis in 1999 and brought them to military bases in the eastern province of Nova Scotia. The 20th anniversary of the so-called Operation Parasol will be commemorated with music and refreshments at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax on July 12, 2019.”

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