WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • The United States Peace Corps Director Judy Olsen signed a bilateral agreement Montenegro’s Deputy Prime Minister Pazinwith to establish a program in country. It joins Albania, Kosovo, Moldova, and N. Macedonia as active Peace Corps countries in the region. Past countries include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey.
  • Alaska’s 1-297th infantry of 223 soldiers will head to Kosovo to join NATO’s peacekeeping force.
  • In other NATO news: “NATO marks 25th anniversary of Mediterranean Dialogue“: “NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, with the 29 Permanent Representatives of the North Atlantic Council marked the 25th anniversary of the Mediterranean Dialogue on Monday (6 May 2019) in Ankara, Turkey. They were joined by the Ambassador of the Republic of North Macedonia and senior diplomats of the seven nations (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia) participating in the partnership forum.”
  • Vatican News: “Pope brings message of peace, unity to North Macedonia“: “When Pope Francis arrives in Skopje on Tuesday morning, he will become the first Pope ever to visit North Macedonia.It’s an important moment for the small Catholic community in the country. The Church in North Macedonia comprises less than one percent of the population – a fact reflected in the choice of the motto for the visit, ‘Do not be afraid, little flock.’”
  • The Brdo-Brijuni Summit will take place in Albania this year on May 8-9. The presidents of the Brdo-Brijuni Process countries (Albania, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia) will be joined by the President of Poland Andrzej Duda  and EU Official Federica Mogherini.
  • Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic from Sedona, Arizona: “If Western Balkans is the last wagon of the European continent than it is up to EU to make a concrete contribution to the Western Balkans region, so it could overcome the historical gap of regress and catch up the logical, natural switch with modern Europe. I never forget about the importance of Euro-Atlantic partnership when I speak about Europe.” Read EWB’s version here. And Voice of America’s original interview ( in Montenegrin) here.

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