A few thousands of police officers from several Federation BiH cantons gathered on Monday in front of the entity Government building to protest against the new draft Law on Pensions and insurance of persons with disabilities.They asked the agreement of the Government about police officers‘ retirement conditions, since the solution in the disputed Law is not suitable for a profession like the one of police staff. Police trade unions decided to call their members to the protest because there was no positive answer from the Government and due to the fact that both houses at the entity Parliament adopted the draft. It was an unusual situation that police officers appeared as protesters and security at the event. The delegation of trade unions went to the Government building but, after one hour they returned without any result. Sadly, nobody received them to listen to the protesters‘ demands. Mirza Hadžiabdić of the Sarajevo Canton Police Union said to the media that the Federation BiH Prime Minister, Fadil Novalić, did not appear at the office and did not receive representatives of the negotiating team of the police unions.
„That is the best explanation why we are here and why we are in a situation in which we need to protest today,“ said Hadžiabdić.
He emphasised that the gathering ended shortly after it began because they did not want citizens to suffer from the traffic jam caused by the protest. Moreover, participants themselves did not want to freeze more while standing outside in the cold.
„We will take all the measures that we are allowed to finally get what we demand. We waited for an hour, nobody received us. An hour was enough,“ said Hadžiabdić.
Federation BiH PM, Fadil Novalić said to the press that it was not true that he refused to hold a meeting with police trade unions‘ representatives.
„Like every (other) ordinary day, I was on duty but today I happened to be out of the Government building. Earlier, we had several meetings on this issue but, unfortunately, we did not reach an agreement. I am sorry because of that, but I must remind police representatives that they ignored my last call about the meeting so as to discuss the matter,“ Novalić explained to journalists.
The next step of their protest rounds will take tomorrow, Tuesday December 19, at the gathering scheduled in front of the Parliament building of the Federation BiH. Organisers are expecting a smaller crowd of police officers.
They gathered in Sarajevo and expressed their concern that, according to the new law, which is just a step before its adoption, their pensions would be lowered by 25 to 30 percent. What they demand is from the Federation BiH Parliament to manage and include just one sentence in the final version of the law in the governmental proposal -that pensions of police officers will be governed by a special regulation…/IBNA
“Despite Bulgaria being the bloc’s poorest country in terms of gross domestic product per capita, Romania fared worse than its neighbor in the annual deprivation survey,” Blomberg writes.
The article also points out that Romania won’t have an easy job in narrowing the wealth gap to the richer countries in Western Europe, given the low level of public investments, low EU funds absorption, and uncertainties in the business sector due to changes in taxation.
“All these will weigh on potential growth and will prevent a faster convergence in living standards,” Dan Bucsa, a London-based economist at UniCredit Bank, told Bloomberg.
US expert on the Balkans Daniel Serwer has commented on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) once again listing the Balkans as a stability problem.SOURCE: B92, TANJUG WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2017 | 10:47Serwer spoke for the N1 broadcaster in Bosnia-Herzegovina, after the US NGO published its „Preventive Priorities Survey 2017.“Serwer said that he did not think the document should make people in the Balkans „more afraid than they already are.“
„There are lots of people in the Balkans concerned about instability there, and it’s well within the power of people in the Balkans to prevent bad things from happening and to return to the more solid European path. There are countries trying to do that in the Balkans, certainly Montenegro is one of them,“ he said.
But even that effort bring risks because Russians do not like what Montenegro is doing, he said, adding that there was „no new news“ in this survey for people in the Balkans.
„There’s nothing in that report that people in the Balkans don’t already know. There have been occasionally clashes, the clash in the Macedonian parliament for example, and that these things can expand and grow much worse seems to be quite obvious,“ he said, and added:
„You also have quite a few extremists in the Balkans, both Islamist extremists returning from oversees and maybe more importantly some local nationalist extremists, who are fond of weapons and clashes with their enemies. I think what’s notable here is that the Council on Foreign Relations for the first time in many years has listed the Balkans as a problem.“
The fact that it is in tier 3 of the survey has to do with the fact that there are much more important problems – „but it’s the first time in a long time that the Council has listed the Balkans,“ Serwer continued.
Asked about the US interest in „Russia’s growing influence in this region,“ he replied:
„I think people are concerned about it here, but not only in that region, they’re concerned about it in what we used to call Eastern Europe, Poland, they’re concerned about the Russian destabilization efforts also in the Baltic countries. I would say it is a global concern, and the Balkans is one of the regions.“
According to the N1 website, he said that the Russians are „partially successful, but not too much.“
Asked to comment on former High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina Wolfgang Petritsch’s statement about that country being the weakest link in the Western Balkans, Serwer said the Austrian diplomat was „basically right.“
„The peace process in Kosovo has actually gone a little faster that the peace process in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia-Herzegovina suffers from the constitution which makes the country extraordinarily difficult to govern. And that’s very difficult to fix, because you need a two-thirds majority in parliament. So Bosnia-Herzegovina is the weakest link and the Russians like to attack the weakest link and you see them doing that in their support for Milorad Dodik in particular,“ Serwer said.
„The Hague Tribunal’s verdict have not brought about any sort of reconciliation in the Balkans, they tended to increase rather than decrease tensions. That was certainly not the intention when the Tribunal was created,“ he said, when asked about the situation in the Balkans in the wake of the recent verdicts in the trials of Ratko Mladic and Jadranko Prlic et al.
According to a report in Jane’s Intelligence Review, Albanian narco-terrorism, gun-running, and smuggling organizations are becoming a dominant economic, political, and military force in the Balkans. Jane’s expresses the concern that if left unchecked, the Albanian mafia will become powerful enough to control one or more states in the region. Albanian President Sali Berisha “is now widely suspected of tolerating and even directly profiting from drug-trafficking for wider political-economic reasons, namely the financing of secessionist political parties and other groupings in Kosovo and Macedonia.” [Jane’s Intelligence Review, 2/1/1995]
Zaev has appointed Harun Hadzibulik as his investment advisor. His qualifications are many: history of arrests, considered one of the top narcotics dealers in the capital, tied to a murder in downtown Skopje, often pictured with a gun in company of other criminals. It’s the typical profile of an investment guru that will attract Fortune 500 companies to invest in the country.
Here is Hadzbibulik with handcuffs and a bag over his head, practicing for his next gig as an investment advisor.
A Taliban fighter raises the flag over Qala-i-Zal’s district center 5/2017.
Super Rüstungs Geschäfte der korrupten Politiker, auch rund um Öl und Gas denn: „Der beste Feind ist der Feind, den es nicht gibt“ Franz. Geheimdienst: Wie die NATO-USA den Islam Terror im Balkan plante Bunel, Pierre-Henri, Al Quaeda: The Database.
Der franzözische Geheimdienst Offizier Pierre-Henri Bune, schreibt in
seinem Buch ?War Crimes in NATO“, sehr detalliert, wie die Amerikaner
mit ihren Islamischen Terroristen auf dem Balkan, Europa
Bune legt dar, warum Al-Quida erfunden wurde, weil die Amerikaner
vertuschen wollen, das Amerikanische Geschäft Leute (Yassin Kadi)
New figures show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is becoming a popular transit country for refugees and migrants who are trying to enter the European Union illegally.
Bosnian border: Photo: Flickr/Saskia Heijtjes
The Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded 605 attempts of illegal border crossings over 2017, with the vast majority being from high migration risk countries. This is an almost threefold increase from 2016, when 218 attempts were recorded.
“In most of the cases they are from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Turkey, Syria, Libya, Morocco and Iran, and the majority tried to enter Bosnia from Serbia and Montenegro,” Sanela Dujkovic, a border police spokesperson told BIRN.
The majority of illegal entries happened on the borders with Montenegro and Serbia.
Dujkovic said that members of the border police are trying to identify key spots on the border at which illegal crossings take place in order to prevent them from occuring.
The numbers for the last four-year period show that from 2013 (when 228 illegal border crossing attempts were uncovered) the situation was essentially stable until this year.
In 2014, the border police recorded 189 attempted illegal crossings. In 2015, when the migrant crisis started, the number was 175. Most of the people who got caught had been atempting to cross the border on foot.
“We are doing everything that is in our power to stop this trend but it will take regional cooperation between countries involved in this route,” Dragan Mektic, Minister of Security, told Federal News Agency on Sunday.
Mektic added that although the situation does not seem dramatic, the higher numbers show that refugees and migrants are increasingly using a new, alternative route to travel from Greece, through Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia towards western Europe.
The traditional cross-Balkan route was through Macedonia and Serbia at the height of the crisis. These countries offered better travel infrastructure but have now effectively closed their borders for migrants. Refugees and migrants generally avoided going trough predominantly hilly terrains of Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia.
Interview with the General State Advocate: 89 property related cases in Strasbourg, total bill 671.4 million euros
Publikuar më: 06-12-2017, 18:24
Interview with the General State Advocate, Alma Hicka: Last year, the total value of cases handled by national courts was around 120 billion lek, of which 93% were won by the Albanian state“89 property related cases in Strasbourg, total bill 671.4 million euros”
Interviewed for Albanian Free Press by Eglantina Nasi
Mrs. Hicka, what is Albania’s current situation in relation to international arbitrage? What cases are pending for the moment and what are you projecting for them?
As part of the international business law, international arbitrage, as an alternative method of settling disputes, has seen its own intricacies. As far as the cases sent for international arbitrage and our projection on their outcome are concerned, I am unable to provide you any information, given that this process is highly confidential.
As far as property related cases are concerned, what is their current status while they’re being handled by the Court of Strasbourg? How many cases have been truly opened and what is their cost in case of loss?
The European Court of Human Rights has received a total of 89 cases. We have been informed on the claims of the plaintiffs and we have presented our comments on their claims. The court is expected to come out with a decision on these cases. The estimated figure for these cases is around 671.415.787 euros. All of these cases refer to the new law relating to the compensation of former owners.
Can you provide a concrete figure that the state is obliged to pay to former owners who have won so far in Strasbourg?
The Albanian state is engaged in delivering its obligations stemming from the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, including property related cases. Property related cases which already have a value attached to them, have been executed. Here I can mention cases such as “Rista vs.Albania” (2016), where the bill amounted to 10.701.300 euros, “Karagjozi vs. Albania” (2016) amounting to 5.919.850 euros, “Halimi vs. Albania” (2016) amounting to 755.150 euros and “Aliçka and Vasha vs. Albania” (2016) amounting to 801.300 euros, “Delvina” (2013) amounting to 2.045.744 euros, “Sharra” (2015) amounting to 5.384.950 euros, etc.
Meanwhile, how many property related cases are pending there and how are they expected to be handled, based on the new law on properties, the amendments of which even reached the Constitutional Court?
As we explained above, we’re expecting a ruling for the 89 cases. We have requested for them to be examined with the new law on properties, as an efficient mechanism of finding a final solution about the issue of properties.
What about Albanian courts? In how many property related cases are you intervening as an institution? Can you mention some of the most important ones and how have they been settled? What was their cost?
In compliance with the 2017 law, State’s Advocacy has followed up all the cases being handled by the country’s courts. We are not a case handling system.
The state’s advocacy has drafted and filed 87 plaints at the court, based on the materials arrived from the Task-Force, established in compliance Guideline No. 70 of the Prime Minister, dating 13.02.2014. These plaints are being processed and examined by the court. Following the analysis of this institution for 2016, we need to stress the fact that the total value of cases being tried in the country in 2016 is nearly 12 billion lek or 1 billion USD. 93% of these cases have been won by the Albanian state. Compared to 2013, only 30% of the cases were won by the state. This percentage of cases that have been won has been on the rise, reaching a record value of 93%.
“Threat from arbitrage cases? They will not necessarily be lost”
In a letter published a few days ago on the media, the ministry of Justice (on 10 April 2017) warned the government that if the 4 cases which are being handled by the arbitrage, are lost, they could cost 2 billion euros. How true is this claim? Is there a real threat on this?
“First of all, I’m sorry that confidential information such as this one is circulating on the media. Secondly, the values of indemnification requested in the forums of international arbitrage have always been high for a very simple reason: most cases end up in the arbitrage because the contractual relation in question has reached a “death” point and if the plaintiff is seeking financial indemnity for the entire investment, then the value of this indemnity will be high. But, there are also cases when the plaintiff requests the enforcement of the contract/contractual obligations, seeking indemnities as an alternative. These cases are also part of the cases mentioned in the document of the Ministry of Justice. Regarding the existence of risks from the payment of financial indemnities, it goes without saying that however high the claims of the plaintiff are, they are not necessarily based on evidence and law and as a result, they are not necessarily materialized in a decision of the court of arbitrage. However, given that the cases mentioned above in the Ministry of Justice’s document are under way, it is impossible to make an evaluation today on the possibility or likelihood of the decision that international arbitrage courts will take in settling disputes”.
Deshalb gab es die illegalen Erlassen, des Auswärtigen Amtes, über die MPRI Umtriebe in Mazedonien, was die kriminellen Banden vertuschten wollten, mit Hilfe von Steinmeier und Joschka Fischer damals. Drogen- und Waffenschmuggel war damals mit solchen Erlassen einfach Deutschen Regierungs Programm, wenn man den Banden auch noch Immunität gibt.****
Der Fall „Al Masri“, in Mazedonien ist auch ein Fall des Frank Walter Steinmeier, der es Super findet, wenn Deutsche entführt und gefoltert werden, ebenso wenn Kriminelle Gestalten, im Auftrage von Steinmeier wie im Hariri Fall, mit Detlev Mehlis, Fakten, Zeugen, sich zusammen fälschen und erkaufen. Partner ebenso der Banken Mafia, wo Billiarden Schäden inzwischen entstanden sind, wo das Geld spurlos verschwindet. Peinlich, wenn Steinmeier auch noch dem Lügen Blatt: „New York Times“: einen Deutschen Medien Preis verleiht. Hauptsache der Geistig unterbelichtete Frank Walter Steinmeier, kann seine Selbst Darsteller Show zeigen, um seine Verbrechen zu vertuschen. Charakter, IQ im absoluten Null Bereich, als Motor des Verbrechens auch in der Ukraine, ganze Völker zu zerstören, und vollkommen erpressbar durch die Amerikaner, wenn man sich sogar gezielt abhören lässt, Nichts dagegen sagt.** Massenmörder in Folge, schlimmer wie Hitler ist real Frank Walter Steinmeier, mit der US Mafia Nr. 1 dem Gambino Clan und Hillary und Bill Clinton.
Der Freund der Terroristen, Kopf Abschneider, Abhör Aktionen in Deutschland, Drogen Bosse und andere Nepotistischer Extrem Gestalten. Im Solde der Betrugs Entwicklungshilfe, wo Milliarden gestohlen werden mit kriminellen Partnern.
More information on Lehmann invited. Send to jya[at]cryptome.net.
Mr. Masri told the police that he was „90 percent“ certain that a senior German police official was the interrogator who had visited him three times inside the prison in Kabul but had identified himself only as „Sam.“ The German prosecutors said Monday that they were also investigating whether the German Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, had been notified about Mr. Masri’s kidnapping within days of his capture there, but then had done nothing to try to help him.
Mr. Masri’s case has come to symbolize the C.I.A. practice known as extraordinary rendition, in which terror suspects are sent to be interrogated in other countries where torture is commonly used. In broadening its criminal inquiry into the abduction of Mr. Masri to the activities of its own government, German prosecutors are trying to determine whether the German government worked secretly with the United States in the practice.
„I feel deceived and betrayed by my own country,“ Mr. Masri, a 42-year-old unemployed car salesman from Neu-Ulm, said in an interview.
The German police official identified as „Sam“ denied that he had visited Mr. Masri in Afghanistan and said he was „on holiday“ at the time in Germany, but that he could not remember exactly where. The man was present on Monday at the police station, where Mr. Masri picked him out of a 10-person lineup. After speaking with him, Mr. Masri said that his voice was similar but that his hair style was different.
Martin Hofmann, a prosecutor in Munich, said Monday that his office would not „assume that this man is Sam“ but would „go forward with our investigation.“
A senior German official familiar with the case said that Mr. Masri was „at best mistaken“ and that the police official „cannot be Sam.“
The New York Times is withholding the official’s name at the request of Germany’s intelligence services because he often does undercover intelligence work. He frequently gets „sensitive“ assignments and helps clean up „dirty work“ for the German foreign intelligence service, said one of his longtime colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Cryptome: NY Times mentions today a German police official who is suspected of interrogating the kidnapped German citizen in Afghanistan. „The New York Times is withholding the official’s name at the request of Germany’s intelligence services because he often does undercover intelligence work. He frequently gets „sensitive“ assignments and helps clean up „dirty work“ for the German foreign intelligence service, said one of his longtime colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity.“
Cryptome requests the cop’s name or a pointer to it. Send to jya[at]cryptome.net.
A. writes 23 February 2006:
It seems (but it’s not certain) at this moment, that the cop goes by the name (Gerhard) Lehmann. According to a German article, Khaled el-Masri, who was to identify the man introduced to him as „Sam“ recognized a man introduced to him as Mr. Lehmann from the BKA (Bundeskriminalamt, a bit like the FBI). Mr. Lehmann denied the charges, of course, and claimed he was on vacation during the time Mr. el-Masri had been abducted. Interestingly, he cannot recall where he was during his vacation. Mr. Lehman also played a role during the investigation of the murder of Rafik Hariri in 2005. A German article on him can be found here:
I was wondering, if the Lehmann pic [above] is authentic? For example, who says the person’s appearance was not changed and no Photoshop tricks were done to the pic? When and where was it shot? Any chance for giving more info on the website?
Cryptome: Good questions. The photo came from the Saar Echo newspaper article linked for the photo. If you learn more about the authenticity of the photo, please let us know. We could find no other photos of this Gerhard Lehmann via Google image search. Unless he looked differently, which is what el-Masri suggested about the Afghanistan interrogator.
A2 writes further:
Sources indicate that on 21 October 2005 – the same day Mehlis officially gave the „Mehlis report“ to Kofi Annan – Lehmann handed over another copy to the Lebanon government in a press appereance. This link provides a October 2005 photo:
Gerhard Lehmann at left, Lebanese official at right
Selbst Darsteller Show, deshalb muss man New York fliegen. Und gelogen wird, als System bei Steinmeier
HAMBURG, Germany — The New York Times was awarded a major German prize on Sunday for its efforts to remain “a beacon of reason and enlightenment in an era of ‘alternative facts’ and allegations of ‘fake news,’” the jury said.
The newspaper’s publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., and the paper’s top editor, Dean Baquet, accepted this year’s Marion Dönhoff Prize, named after the well-known publisher of the Die Zeit newspaper, awarded for “international understanding and reconciliation.”…
The German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, praised the newspaper as “a flagship of freedom of the press” and “a beacon of reason in an age of rampant unreason” in a speech about the newspaper to a crowded theater in Hamburg, where Die Zeit is headquartered.
Private Söldner im Balkan, wie die MPRI (später aufgekauft von Blackwater) zeigten im Balkan, das man nur Terroristen, Kriminelle dirigiert, bei Ethnischen Säuberungen und u.a. erhielten die Verbrecher Banden, durch Joschka Fischer
noch schlimmer waren der Zivile Aufbau, das Auswärtige Amt in Afghanistan und die Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe, wo 50 % der Gelder sofort gestohlen wurde, wo es bei den Amerikanern sogar 90 % waren.
Bombardierung von Zivilisten, Krankenhäusern, Hochzeits und Beerdigungs Gesellschaften, Zerstörung der Infrastruktur ist Haupt Aufgabe der NATO Verbrecher, was mit dem Balkan begann, als man CIA Offiziere wie Robert Baer entsandte um Panik mit Kriminellen zu organisieren. Der Irak zeigte Orgien von Morden, seitdem der Hirntode Taxischein Besitzer Joschka Fischer, der US Söldner Verbrecher Firma: MPRI per Bundesgesetzblatt Immunität gab in Deutschland, in 2001, für Waffen, Drogen und Frauen Transporte für Internationale Verbrecher. Unterschrift: Thomas Läufer, Ministerial Direktor, real Berufs Krimineller, im Solde von damals bereits gut dokumentierten Verbrecher Banden des Mordes, des Drogen und Waffenhandels des Pentagon im Balkan.
Und von den hoch kriminellen Machenschaften der Söldner Firma.MPRI, wie Embargo Bruch will man hier gar nicht anfangen.Dabei soll man deutlich machen, das Joschka Fischer die hoch kriminellen Machenschaften inklusive Ethnischer Säuberungen der MPRI, welche dem Pentagon unterstellt ist auch in 2001 mit einer Sonder Vorstellung fördertete, indem der Embargo Bruch, Waffenhandel auf Deutschen Boden der MPRI zu Gunsten von Islamischen Terroristen und Verbrechern in Mazedonien förderte. Hierzu wurde in ergebener Lakaien Dienerschaft sogar das Gesetzes Blatt geändert.4. Für das Verfahren zur Gewährung dieser Befreiungen und Vergünstigungen gelten dieBestimmungen des Notenwechsels vom 29. Juni 2001 in der Fassung der Änderungsvereinbarung vom 11. August 2003.# Bundesgesetzblatt Jahrgang 2004 Teil II Nr. 18 der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bekanntmachung der deutsch-amerikanischen Vereinbarung über die Gewährung von Befreiungen und Vergünstigungen an das Unternehmen ?MPRI?http://frei.bundesgesetzblatt.de/pdf/bgbl2/bgbl204s0780.pdf
15.06.2004 – Bundesgesetzblatt Bundesgesetzblatt Teil II 2004 Nr. 18 vom 15.06.2004 … Bekanntmachung der deutsch–amerikanischen Vereinbarung über die Gewährung von Befreiungen und Vergünstigungen an das Unternehmen ,,MPRI“
Know About US Covert Operations In Yugoslavia?
What Did The CIA’s George Tenet Know About US Covert Operations In Yugoslavia? „The Croatian World Congress sent a letter last week demanding that Carla Del Ponte, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), open a criminal investigation into Mr. Clinton and other top officials of his administration [including the CIA’s George Tenet] for ‚aiding and abetting indicted Croatian Gen. Ante Gotovina in a 1995 Croatian military operation known as ´Operation Storm.´… Secretly supported by the Clinton administration, Croatian forces launched a massive three-day military offensive – known as ‚Operation Storm‘ – on Aug. 4, 1995, in which Croatia recovered territories occupied by rebel […]
Dy studime të publikuara nga Fondacioni për Shoqëri të Hapur ekspozojnë sofistikimin e krimit të organizuar përmes lidhjeve me politikën dhe institucionet ligjzbatuese, ndërkohë që politika penale ka shkuar drejt zbutjes së dënimeve në 10 vitet e fundit.
The website of the Serbian President said that Vucic had discussed regional cooperation, the Soros-backed Foundation for European Integration of Serbia, reforms in the media and the rule of law in Serbia.
“President Vucic pointed out that the strategic goal and main priority of Serbia is full membership in the European Union, and that Serbia is ready for further reform of society and achieving European standards,” the President’s official website said.
It added that the President told Soros that “despite occasional negative processes in the region, Serbia remains committed to resolving all open bilateral issues with its neighbors through dialogue”.
According to the report, Alexander Soros encouraged Serbia to continue to play “a constructive role in the stability of the Western Balkans”, and added that his Foundation was ready to support reform processes and the development of entrepreneurship, as well as the program of Roma integration in Serbia.
“The two interlocutors agreed that Serbia needs to continue to implement reforms, especially those related to the rule of law”.
Vucic himself in March told Pink TV that he believed Soros was linked to anti-government protests both in Serbia and Russia.
“If we look at their [Russian] information, we see the same financiers, from Soros to some others,” he said.
In the same month, a Progressive Party MP, Vladimir Orlic, said be believed that Soros was “the father of the opposition” in Serbia.
Earlier, on January 28, Aleksandar Vulin, Serbia’s Labour Minister claimed that opposition candidates in the upcoming presidential election – which Vucic won – were in the pay of Soros.
Also in January, the right-wing Nasi movement called for a new law that would outlaw the work of Open Society Foundations, following the example of Russia.
Last year, a newspaper sympathetic to the government said Soros was trying to cause “chaos” in the country.
“For the chaos in Serbia, Soros gave almost four million euros,” the tabloid Informer claimed in August 2016. More recently, in November this year, it wrote that “Soros and USAID are hitting Serbia”, adding: “The US is giving 2 million dollars to bring down Vucic.”
This is not first meeting of Vucic with Soros, however. In September this year in New York, Vucic met both George and Alexander Soros, which Vucic later said had been “very interesting”.
The International community High representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, is in Washington from where he stated that the progress towards the EU remains the main goal of BiH leaders from all ethnic communities.“Recently, we have seen some significant initial steps in that direction but much more needs to be done,“ Inzko sais at a panel discussion in Washington titled „BiH – Towards its European future.“ The panel was hosted by Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Center for Transatlantic relations.
The office of the High Representative announced that Inzko, in his remarks, outlined the issues that need to be addressed, including the respect for the Dayton Peace Agreement, in particular Annex 4, which is the Constitution.
„Bosnia and Herzegovina is a decentralised country and will remain so, barring constitutional changes agreed to by all ethnic groups. But to say that there is no state of Bosnia and Herzegovina or to deny the authorities of the state in areas like foreign policy and inter-entity law enforcement is false and harmful to reconciliation and future reform,“ emphasised High Representative.
He also highlighted a deterioration in respect for the rule of law as one of the challenges. Inzko said that the Dayton Peace Agreement defines Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state governed by the ‚rule of law‘. Inzko stated that the international community needs to re-engage and re-invigorate efforts to buttress the rule of law, including stronger anti-corruption efforts. This, Inzko emphasized, would help to re-energize the processes of the Euro-Atlantic integration.
„The elected leaders who have declared their commitment to EU integration need to step back from polarised positions and intensively search for compromises needed to adopt the necessary reforms. From the side of the international community, we can and should support all those who demonstrate a true commitment to making BiH a stable, functional and prosperous country, irreversibly integrated into European structures,“ the High Representative concluded.
But, Inzko will have to convince the politicians in BiH that this is the way they must follow if they really want to get a step closer to the EU. The meeting he organized for the beginning of December, as it seems righ now, has already failed because most of the leaders he called to participate, refused to attend.
Inzko called leaders of the parties which make the majority in the BiH Parliament but the first cancellation came from Fahrudin Radoncic, leader of the Party for a Better Future for BiH, who said that his party is not the member of the ruling coalition any more.
After him, leaders of parties from the Republic of Srpska gathered in Alliance for Changes, also refused to go to Sarajevo and sit at the same table with Inzko.
One of them, the leader of the Party of Democratic progress Branislav Borenovic, explained that he does not want to go before Inzko to apologize for the comparison of RS with WWII Naci-established-state „Independent State of Croatia“ (NDH), when spoke about January 9, RS Day. For Borenovic, that statement is debatable the whole year round but Inzko (has) never apologized…/IBNA