WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Philip Kosnett on Twitter: “With time, enemies can turn to partners when they honestly discuss the horrors of the past, while focusing on the benefits cooperation will bring in the future.”
  • Kosovo President Hashim Thaci threatened to resign if the Kosovo Parliament refuses to adopt an agreement reached with Serbia. 
  • Bosnian Serb Member of the Presidency Milorad Dodik says Republika Srpska would succeed if there is an attempt to rename the Serb-dominated entity in eastern Bosnia. 
  • Ilir Bytyqi, brother of three murdered former KLA fighters, met with Hashim Thaci to discuss the case. Thaci said: “We have recently discussed the issue with the US senators and congressmen who did a great deal in increasing pressure on Serbia. The Bytyqi brothers murderers’ names are known, and they hold high positions in Serbia’s institutions.”
  • Siemens in Bosnia: “Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa signed a 69 million euro ($78.4 million) contract on Tuesday to supply Bosnia’s biggest power utility EPBiH with wind turbines for a future 48 megawatt (MW) wind farm.”
  • Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Sarec praised the growing cooperation his country has seen with the Arab League.



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