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.”
- The European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told Slovenia and Croatia that the body has no interest in its border dispute.
- The Greek Ambassador to the UK sent a letter of complaint to the BBC over its coverage of the Macedonian minority in Greece.
- Sarajevo Times: “BiH and Republic of North Macedonia established a Proposal for an Economic Cooperation“Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has established a proposal for an Economic Co-operation Agreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of North Macedonia, which strengthens bilateral ties.”
- Serbia is reintroducing military studies in high schools three decades after ending them. This news came out on the heels of Serbia receiving four MiG-29 fighter planes from Belarus.
- Montenegro Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic has praised multilateral efforts for its role in protecting human rights.
- 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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- Europe’s soccer governing body, UEFA, has moved Spain’s U-17 European Championship qualifier against Kosovo for refusing to fly the Kosovo flag nor play its national anthem. Spain is one of five EU countries that do not recognize Kosovo.
- Croatia will be hiring students from Mostar and the Philippines to help with tourist season this summer.
- Over 173,000 Bosnians have left the country in the past five years.
- E & J Gallo Winter became the official US importer of Montenegrin wine.