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Islamism and Bosniak Nationalism May Unite

 

New International Crisis Group reports says the danger is growing of a politicised Islamic Community harnessing frustrated Bosniak nationalism for its own purposes.

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Montenegro and Bosnia ‘Close to Border Deal’

Vjekoslav Bevanda and Milo Djukanovic, the prime ministers of Bosnia and Montenegro , said a deal was close after they met on Tuesday in Podgorica.

“There is only one undefined border point, which I expect to be solved soon in order for the two countries to sign the border agreement,” Bevanda said.

Neither official specified where the disputed land was located on the 240-kilometre-long border between the two countries.

Podgorica usually receives praise from the EU for fostering good neighbourly relations, but the most recent European Commission progress report on the country, published in October last year, noted that Montenegro’s border demarcation process with Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Serbia had yet to be completed.

In June 2012, Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic stated that the border deal with Bosnia was being finalised and would be the first agreement of its kind between the two former Yugoslav republics.

The large part of Tuesday’s meeting was devoted to the economy, the improvement of infrastructure connecting the two countries and to the possibilities of advancing their European integration.

Alluding to Bosnia’s stalled advance towards the EU, Djukanovic said that Montenegro offered a good example for overcoming such delays.

“As we can see, Montenegro today is not lagging behind and it managed to compensate for a delay of 10, 15 years,” he said.

Milena Milosevic

Source: http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/only-one-unresolved-issue-between-bosnia-and-montenegro-officials-say

 

 

The Bosnian prime minister said there was only one disputed piece of territory to be demarcated before the ex-Yugoslav states sign a crucial border agreement.

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Kosovo and Serbia Edge Closer Over North

 

Kosovo and Serbia are expected to come closer to an understanding on Serbian-financed institutions in northern Kosovo in their talks in Brussels - but a think tank warns that the situation remains volatile.

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Москва: разполагането на ЗРК “Патриот” в Турция не е подготовка за нахлуване в Сирия

 

Заместник-министърът на външните работи на Русия Алексей Мешков е цитиран от ИТАР-ТАСС да казва, че Москва няма основание да се съмнява в уверенията на НАТО, че разполагането на зенитните ракети Патриот на турска територия не е подготовка за военна интервенция в Сирия.

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Leaked US Memo Pans Albania PM

 

A leaked US State Department memo condemns Prime Minister Sali Berisha's nationalist rhetoric, calling it a danger to regional stability.

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Rasmussen: 'Nato cannot act as the world's policeman'

Nato head Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the alliance would only take action against Syria if Turkey is attacked.

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Europol examines Hezbollah evidence

Europol, the EU police agency based in The Hague, received on Tuesday evidence into the bus bombing in Burgas that killed five Israeli tourists and the bus driver last July.

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NATO’s relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina joined the Partnership for Peace in December 2006. Democratic, institutional and defence reforms are a key focus of cooperation. The country has been engaged in an Intensified Dialogue with NATO on its membership aspirations and related reforms since April 2008.

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Bosnia Serbs Will Call Referendum on NATO

 

As Bosnia vows moves closer to NATO membership, the President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, said a referendum needs to be held first on the issue.

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Турски военен хеликоптер е нарушил въздушното пространство на Гърция

Според гръцкия сайт Прото тема (www.protothema.gr) турски хеликоптер е бил забелязан малко след 23 часа в понеделник (11.02.2013 г.) да прелита в близост до остров Калимнос.

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Serbia, Kosovo heads of state meet for first time

The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo met for the first time Wednesday in talks mediated by the European Union to defuse tension in one of the continent's last simmering hot-spots.

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NATO Urges Bosnia to Register State Property

 

Anders Fogh Rasmussen of NATO urged Bosnia to implement last year's agreement on registering state property as a condition of advancing its membership of the alliance.

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Turkey and the Kurds: progress on the horizon

If a Kurdish spring happens, the rewards for both sides are significant – not just the end of a conflict that has claimed 40,000 lives

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Macedonian Hague Convict Seeks Early Release

 

Former police commander Johan Tarculovski, the only Macedonian national convicted for war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, is appealing for early release after completing eight of his 12-year sentence.

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Bulgaria links Hezbollah to Burgas bombing

Bulgarian interior minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov has said that two people guilty of bombing a bus last year, killing five Israeli tourists and the driver, "were members of the militant wing of Hezbollah."

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