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26/08/2016

Croatia apologises for Bosnian war crimes

Topic: war crimes


Enlargement 22-06-2016

Serbia sacks its Brussels ambassador

Serbia has sacked its ambassador to the EU Duško Lopandić, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring a controversial figure in Yugoslavia’s history.

EU and Kosovo disagree over role of legal mission, cases suspended

All court cases in Kosovo handled by European Union prosecutors and judges were suspended today (15 June) after the Balkan country failed to extend their mandate because of a dispute over the role of the EU’s legal mission.
Enlargement 21-04-2016

Pro-Russians set for comeback in Serbia

Ultra-nationalists hope to dent the success of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić as Serbia votes on Sunday, calling on the Balkan country to embrace big brother Russia instead of the European Union.
Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 04-04-2016

Seselj acquitted: Balkans outraged, Belgrade conflicted

The acquittal of Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj by the Hague Tribunal sparked outcry in the wider region of former Yugoslavia region, while the reaction in Serbia was quite mild. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Enlargement 24-03-2016

Hague tribunal: Karadzic guilty of crimes against humanity

UN judges said today (24 March) that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić was ciminally responsible for the siege of Sarajevo and crimes against humanity in other towns and villages during the Bosnian war of the 1990s He was acquitted by The Hague tribunal of a first count of genocide in connection with the Bosnian municipalities, …

Europe's East 14-10-2015

Hague court to investigate Russia, Georgia over 2008 war

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said yesterday (13 October) she would investigate both sides in the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia for crimes, including the killing of peacekeepers and attacks on civilians.
Enlargement 17-04-2015

Serbia will arrest Thaçi if he attends Belgrade conference

Serbia warned yesterday (16 April) it would arrest the foreign minister of its former province of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for alleged terrorism if he turns up in Belgrade next week to attend a conference, which ironically is dedicated to the reconciliation following the Yugoslav wars.
Enlargement 04-02-2015

Serbia and Croatia digest genocide ruling

As widely expected, the International Court of Justice Tuesday (3 February) rejected the genocide lawsuits Croatia and Serbia launched against one another. Observers turned their attention to the vast sums of money wasted in hopeless proceedings. EurActiv Serbia reports.
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Europe's East 29-07-2014

'Compelling indications' of human organ trafficking during Kosovo war, say EU investigators

European Union Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) Chief Prosecutor Ambassador Clint Williamson said on Tuesday that the SITF has found “compelling evidence” of serious violations of international humanitarian law, including crimes against humanity and war crimes, against former senior officials of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
Enlargement 18-04-2014

Kosovo PM fumes at Western plan to investigate organ harvesting

Kosovo's premier has summoned parliament to vote on creating an EU-backed special court to try ethnic Albanian ex-guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan state's 1990s war, but criticised the plan as an insult.
Enlargement 03-12-2012

Serbia accuses Hague tribunal of selective justice

  Serbians reacted angrily at the acquittal of a former Kosovo guerrilla leader by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), less than two weeks after the court freed two Croatian military commanders who were accused of war crimes. EurActiv Serbia reports.

Hague tribunal frees two Croatian military leaders

Appellate judges at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague have overturned the convictions of two Croatians - Ante Gotovina and Mladen Marka? - for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed against Serb civilians in a 1995 military blitz. Gotovna's extradition to the tribunal had been a major hurdle in Croatia’s EU accession talks.
Enlargement 02-12-2011

Standing ovation for Croatia's 2013 EU accession

MEPs applauded a motion approving Croatia's EU membership on 1 July 2013, after passing it yesterday (1 December) by a large majority in the European Parliament. EU heads of states are expected to sign the Accession Treaty at next week's summit in Brussels.
Enlargement 26-10-2011

Croatian leader tries to ease tensions over war crimes law

Croatian President Ivo Josipovi? said that he is willing to broker an agreement to defuse tensions with Serbia, which indicted Croatian nationals on war crimes charges stemming from the fratricidal wars between 1991 and 1995.
Enlargement 07-10-2011

EU urges 'prudence' in Croatia-Serbia spat

The EU urged for 'prudence' yesterday (6 October) as tensions grew between Croatia, an EU candidate expected to become the 28th member state, and its neigbour Serbia, which indicted Croatian nationals over war crimes in the fratricidal wars between 1991 and 1995. EurActiv Serbia contributed to this article.
Enlargement 07-06-2011

Croatia to close EU talks 'in matter of weeks'

Croatia yesterday (6 June) closed the fisheries chapter of its EU accession negotiations, making a major leap forward in its membership talks with the bloc, which diplomats now expect to be concluded within "a matter of weeks".
Enlargement 18-04-2011

Support for EU in Croatia hits all-time low

Public support for EU accession in Croatia has reached an all-time low after The Hague sentenced two former Croatian generals to heavy prison terms, according to reports in the country's press.
Enlargement 26-01-2011

Kosovo PM is 'big fish' in organised crime: NATO

Newly re-elected Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi is one of the "biggest fish" in organised crime in the country, according to NATO documents leaked to the UK's Guardian newspaper. The European Commission said it was taking reports of war crimes and organised crime "extremely seriously," but added that it was seeking concrete evidence.
Enlargement 22-10-2010

Double-edged decision looming on Serbia

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (25 October), are expected to finally unblock Serbia's association process, which has been stalled for years over the Netherlands' insistence on seeing war criminal Ratko Mladi? brought to justice.

Croatia sees breakthrough in EU talks

The Netherlands and Slovenia have lifted their veto of two key chapters in Croatia's ongoing EU membership talks, raising hopes that the country could soon become the bloc's 28th member.
Enlargement 15-06-2010

Serbia takes decisive step in EU effort

Serbia took a step forward yesterday (14 June) on the road to joining the European Union, with EU governments rewarding its improved cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Enlargement 11-05-2010

Croatian PM pays tribute to controversial war victims

A Croatian government delegation headed by Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor visited the Austrian town of Bleiburg on Monday (10 May) to pay tribute to pro-Nazi Croatian soldiers and civilians killed there by Tito's partisans at the end of the Second World War, the HINA news agency reported.
Enlargement 15-04-2010

Croatia apologises for Bosnian war crimes

On an official visit in Sarajevo, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic apologised for crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s and called on the entire region to cooperate more closely in all areas, the Hina news agency reported.