Selaković: Italy supports the opening of all negotiating chapters, for which Serbia is ready
Italy supports the opening of all new negotiating chapters for which Serbia is ready, said Foreign Minister Nikola Selaković from Rome, where he had several meetings with officials in the Italian parliament today. "Italy is the largest member state of the European Union that has no stock in its support to Serbia in the field of progress in European integration," said the Serbian Minister. In a statement to Serbian media, Selakovic said he strongly supported initiatives by Serbia and President Aleksandar Vucic on creating a single economic market in the Western Balkans, the "mini Schengen" initiative. Selaković said he also spoke with Italian lawmakers about...
Hoxhaj: Osmani is a divisive figure operating under Kurti’s command
PDK leader Enver Hoxhaj said the leading party supported the establishment of state institutions. He said the creation of these institutions should not endanger democracy in Kosovo and threaten the separation of powers. The control of powers, he explains, should not be exercised by a party, referring to Osmani's candidacy for the post of President in Kosovo. He went on to underline that presidential candidate Vjosa Osmani is a divisive figure. "We have many reasons to not support Osmani as president. She was a divisive and by no means unifying figure. She has grown her image with a divisive spirit. She is a party candidate....
BiH: State Department publishes Report on Human Rights
“Impunity for some crimes committed during the 1992-95 conflict continued to be a problem, especially for those responsible for the approximately 8,000 persons killed in the Srebrenica genocide and for approximately 8,000 other individuals who remained missing and presumed killed during the conflict. Authorities also failed to prosecute more than a very small fraction of the more than 20,000 instances of sexual violence alleged to have occurred during the conflict,” the US State Department notes in its new Report on Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2020. The Report adds that, during the year, national authorities did not make sufficient progress in the processing...
Croatia: Grlić Radman on an official visit to Egypt
The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman, is on an official visit to Egypt where he will meet with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. In collaboration with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry Selim, Minister Grlić Radman will launch a B2B business forum comprising Croatian and Egyptian businessmen, while afterwards he will hold bilateral meetings with his Egyptian counterpart at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the end of his official visit, the Minister, accompanied by his associates, will meet with the Minister of Military Production of Egypt, Mohammed Ahmed Morsi, and Minister of...
Greece: Dendias and Özügergin discuss preparations for upcoming visit to Turkey
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias received the Turkish Ambassador to Athens Burak Özügergin on Wednesday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting took place in preparation for Dendias's visit to Turkey on April 14th, at the invitation of his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Nikos Dendias posted on Twitter that "during the discussion, bilateral relations and regional developments were examined in view of my prospective visit to Turkey on 14/4, if conditions allow." https://twitter.com/NikosDendias/status/1377194597684805634 According to diplomatic sources by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting Nikos Dendias reiterated the need to refrain from provocative actions. In this context, he pointed out that...
Pendarovski thanks Serbia, but notes it is “shame for the state of North Macedonia”
"The state must find a way to vaccinate its citizens and provide them with healthcare here," said North Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski following a Security Council meeting on the pandemic situation and the country's immunization process. "The images we saw last weekend of our citizens heading en mass to neighboring Serbia to get vaccinated simply should not be repeated," Pendarovski said. "We thank Serbia, of course, but it was a shame for our country. The state just needs to find a way to vaccinate its citizens and provide them with healthcare here." He added that it is true the country relied on the COVAX mechanism...
Slovenia: Man with chainsaw attempts to enter Parliament building
A man attempted to enter the National Assembly building with a chainsaw on Tuesday afternoon, shouting "I've had enough of lockdown", with security guards stopping him at the main entrance. Social media footage from the scene shows the man, having a dog in tow, being tackled by a security guard while another guard turned off the chainsaw. Nobody was hurt and the incident did not affect proceedings at the National Assembly, which was debating at the time on Speaker Igor Zorčič’s dismissal. https://twitter.com/LukaSvetina/status/1376948617915826184?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1376948617915826184%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.total-slovenia-news.com%2Fpolitics%2F8035-anti-lockdown-protestor-tries-to-enter-parliament-with-chainsaw-video   The Police say they were informed of the incident around 7 pm. A patrol was dispatched to the scene and brought...
North Macedonia: Zaev meets with PRC Defense Minister
North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev received the delegation of the Ministry of Defense of the People's Republic of China headed by Defense Minister, General Wei Fenghe, who is on a tour across the Balkans. During their meeting, Zoran Zaev called on the competent bodies of the PRC to speed up the delivery of 200,000 vaccines from Sinopharm to North Macedonia, participating in the country's immunization process that is expected to kick off tomorrow. General Wei Fenghe stressed at the meeting that this message will be conveyed immediately to the competent bodies of the PRC to confirm the friendship between the two countries during the...
Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio visits BiH
Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers Zoran Tegeltija stated after his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy Luigi Di Maio in Sarajevo that relations between the two countries are good, friendly and without any open issues. Addressing reporters after the meeting, Tegeltija said that economic relations between BiH and Italy are very developed, while in the coming period they should work on improving cultural cooperation and economic relations. He added that he shares with his interlocutor an almost identical opinion on the EU expansion to the Western Balkans, while both also agree that bilateral cooperation at the highest level is not...
Slovenia: Janša accuses MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld of censorship, demands her resignation
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša urged Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld (Renew/D66) to resign as chair of the European Parliament’s democracy monitoring group. His call came after Friday’s public consultation on the situation in Slovenia and the allegations that Janša's government is censoring the media. Janša urged in ‘t Veld to step down, accusing her of irreparably damaging the reputation and credibility of the Democracy, Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights Monitoring Group. “The Slovenian government takes freedom of speech and media freedom very seriously, and therefore we do not accept censorship,” reads a letter penned to in ‘t Veld by Peter Šuhel, Janša’s...