WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • The US Embassy in Pristina released a statement today slamming Kosovo for the deportation of six alleged Gulenists to Turkey. It reads: “The (parliamentary investigative) committee’s findings, which suggest 31 legal or procedural breaches by the Kosovo Intelligence Agency, Interior Ministry, and other institutions, raise concerns about overreach by key security agencies, as well as the security sector’s susceptibility to political manipulation…The issue is not the alleged guilt or innocence of the individuals, but rather the apparent circumventing of Kosovo’s legal processes by Kosovo politicians Political pressure on the security sector to break Kosovo law is an egregious breach of democratic values.  We urge full transparency in the security sector, and in the conduct of foreign affairs, to prevent inappropriate interference by Kosovo politicians in the future.”
  • After the visit of the State Department’s Under Secretary of Political Affairs David Hale, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Foreign Policy Advisor Jan Hecker travelled to Kosovo and Serbia on Monday to push for dialogue. 
  • Dialogue: Former Serbian MP Dusan Prorkovic submitted a proposal to the National Assembly for a platform for dialogue with Kosovo. 
  • The British Ambassador to Kosovo Ruairi O’Connell urged authorities to do more in the fight against corruption and organized crime.
  • The Annual National Program of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a necessary component to continue its NATO path, was removed from the agenda of the Council of Ministers.
  • Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met with the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church Irinej to discuss the situation in Kosovo.
  • Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has rejected the resignation of Regional Development and EU Funds Gabrijela Zalac.
  • IBNA interviewed ethnic Albanian presidential candidate Blerim Reka in North Macedonia. He is running on the platform of a multi-ethnic and Euro-Atlantic North Macedonia
  • There are 16 Chetnik organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina registered as non-governmental organizations all of which were approved in Republika Srpska, according to Klix.
  • Advisor to Bosnian Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, Srdjan Perisic said that Dodik will leave Sarajevo for Banja Luka if “Bosniaks continue to obstruct the constitution of the Council of Ministers.” He continued, “If they want BiH to function, everyone must be ready for compromises, because it is not a one-state state. ‘Whoever avoids this fact, he is against BiH.’ said Dodik all these months – BiH does not depend only on Serbs and Republika Srpska , but on Bosniaks.”
  • Six former government officials were sentenced to jail in North Macedonia for abuse of office and irregularities in local elections
  • World Bank Group Executive Director Koen Davidse ison an official visit to North Macedonia on Monday and Tuesday. 

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