WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY

  • Today marks 24 years since the beginning of the Srebrenica genocide. Thirty-three victims will be buried at the Srebrenica–Potočari Memorial and Cemetery for the Victims of the 1995 Genocide. Balkan Insider sends its deepest condolences to the families and friends of victims of the genocide
  • US Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Eric Nelson will be at the commemoration ceremony today. He noted yesterday, “The history of Srebrenica can not be repeated or forgotten. We should look to the future, but never should Srebrenica be forgotten.”
  • The  OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Director Ingibjorg Solrun Gísladottir noted: “The Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which thousands of Bosnian Muslim boys and men were killed, reminds us that when discrimination, intolerant and toxic public discourse and bias-motivated incidents are not effectively addressed, they can undermine the security of societies by creating or exacerbating wider tensions.These, in turn, can trigger larger conflicts across ethnic, religious or other communities, intensifying civil disturbances and even resulting in mass atrocities.”
  • Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic says he has friendly conversations with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic and more often than with Kosovar counterpart Hashim Thaci.
  • Kosovo bans Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin from entering the country.
  • A day after Prime Minister of N. Macedonia Zoran Zaev was tricked by Russian pranksters, Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska says that “Hybrid, cyber and other attacks aimed at threatening North Macedonia’s bid to join NATO.”
  • Current adviser to Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, and former KLA commander, Naim Maloku has been called to the Specialist Chambers in The Hague as a witness. However, he will not travel to the Netherlands citing health concerns. This comes days after another commander, Ramiz Qeriqi, was interviewed as a suspect in Pristina because he does not hold a passport.
  • N. Macedonia and Bulgaria announce that there will be joint celebrations for Sts Cyril and Methodius, St. Kliment, St. Naum and Tsar Samuel. Some dates of the commemorations may be changed.
  • “North Macedonia’s Ministry of Economy plans to adopt the Energy Development Strategy until 2040 by the end of 2019, said Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi during the Business Forum held as part of the Western Balkans Summit Poznan 2019. The ministry has also prepared a draft law on energy efficiency.” in Balkan Green Energy News.


BEYOND THE POLITICS

  • “The official number of deaths in the Srebrenica genocide was 8,372. Men and boys were singled out for execution by Serbian troops, and thousands of women and girls were subjected to acts of sexual violence. But to a teenager in the UK who has no direct experience of war, murder or any of humankind’s worst tendencies, a death count is hard to relate to. Numbers may seem like abstractions, easily filed away in a folder or tucked away in the back of minds.”
  • The second and final season of HBO series Succession will be filmed on the Croatian island of Korcula.