PRISTINA, KOSOVO — Twelve years on from the start of weeks of Nato bombing raids against Serbia, military planners enforcing the no-fly zone over Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya can learn valuable lessons from the air campaign against Belgrade … the immediate effect, at least in the case of Serbia, was devastating as security forces loyal to the former Serb president Slobodan Milosevic used the Nato raids as cover for the mass expulsions of hundreds of thousands of Kosovo Albanians into neighbouring countries and to commit a number of atrocities. Almost 2,000 people – mostly ethnic Albanians – are still missing after disappearing during the conflict … the generals have failed to prepare for what follows the initial and inevitable military victory … read more at THE INDEPENDENT
- EU Probe Finds Crimes Against Humanity in Kosovo - Wall Street Journal 29/07/2014Wall Street JournalEU Probe Finds Crimes Against Humanity in KosovoWall Street JournalBRUSSELS—A European Union investigative team said Tuesday that it had found evidence of crimes against humanity committed by high-ranking members of the Kosovo Liberation Army during and after the war with Serbia in the late 1990s. Clint Williamson ...Prosecutor: 'Comp […]
- Handful of captives killed in Kosovo war so army could sell their organs on ... - National Post 29/07/2014National PostHandful of captives killed in Kosovo war so army could sell their organs on ...National PostBRUSSELS, Belgium — A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had “compelling indications” that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.
- Inquiry finds 'indications' of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflict - Chicago Tribune 29/07/2014Inquiry finds 'indications' of organ harvesting in Kosovo conflictChicago TribuneAn EU-led inquiry found "compelling indications" that Kosovo Albanian guerrillas extracted body organs from Serb captives during the 1998-99 war and sold them, but the practice was not widespread and there was not enough evidence for a trial, the lead ...
- Prosecutor suspects some Kosovo war captives were killed for organs - Stars and Stripes 29/07/2014Prosecutor suspects some Kosovo war captives were killed for organsStars and StripesThe probe of 17 National Guard officers and noncommissioned officers, accused of mistreating junior troops during a peacekeeping deployment in Kosovo, is taking longer than initially expected as military legal advisers continue to investigate all the ...
- Kosovo Prosecutor Suspects Some Killed for Organs - ABC News 29/07/2014Kosovo Prosecutor Suspects Some Killed for OrgansABC NewsThe revelation was part of a presentation on a 2½ year investigation into atrocities that also largely confirmed human right reports that there was a campaign of persecution of Serb, Roma and other minorities by some people in the rebel Kosovo ...
- Home News World EU says Serbs may have been killed for organs... - Waterloo Record 30/07/2014Home News World EU says Serbs may have been killed for organs...Waterloo RecordPARIS — A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday that senior members of the Kosovo Liberation Army engaged in a campaign of persecution against ethnic Serbs after the 1998-99 Kosovo war, and said evidence suggested that the armed group ...
- EU urges 'war crimes' trial of Kosovo ex-commanders - BBC News 29/07/2014BBC NewsEU urges 'war crimes' trial of Kosovo ex-commandersBBC NewsAn EU war crimes prosecutor says that some former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) should face charges of crimes against humanity. Clint Williamson has spent three years investigating allegations of atrocities in the late 1990s, when Kosovo ...
- EU to File Charges Against Kosovo Guerrillas Over Abuses - Bloomberg 29/07/2014EU to File Charges Against Kosovo Guerrillas Over AbusesBloombergThe European Union will file charges against former Kosovo Liberation Army leaders for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing that could hamper the Balkan nation's efforts to join the world's largest trading bloc. “Senior” officials of the KLA, ...
- Kosovo leaders face suit for crimes against humanity: EU - Press TV 29/07/2014Kosovo leaders face suit for crimes against humanity: EUPress TVLeading political figures in Kosovo are targeted by an indictment for crimes against humanity against ethnic Serbs, Roma and fellow Kosovo Albanians during the 1998-1999 war, Clint Williamson, an EU prosecutor and American diplomat, said in a new ...
- EU probe finds Kosovo fighters committed crimes against humanity - euronews 29/07/2014euronewsEU probe finds Kosovo fighters committed crimes against humanityeuronewsAn EU probe has found that senior members of the Kosovo Liberation Army committed crimes against humanity, its lead investigator said on Tuesday. Clint Williamson, chief prosecutor of the European Union Special Investigative Task Force, said he and his ...
- EU Probe Finds Crimes Against Humanity in Kosovo - Wall Street Journal 29/07/2014
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- Serbian Ambassador Praises ‘Freedom Fighter’ Gavrilo Princip 30/07/2014The Bosnian Serb assassin who shot Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and helped spark World War I was seeking the liberation of his people, said Serbia’s ambassador to Canada.
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- Council of Europe Hails Kosovo Organ-Trafficking Revelations 30/07/2014The European rights body welcomed an EU report accusing senior Kosovo Liberation Army figures of post-war crimes and saying there were compelling indications of organ-trafficking by fighters.
- Serbia Media Expect Tough Time After Privatisation 30/07/2014As new media laws go before parliament, journalists' associations predict only a few outlets will survive privatisation in today's tough market conditions.
- Romanian Seaside Suffers Drop in Tourist Numbers 30/07/2014Unven weather, poor services - and the chance of snatching a bargain trip to Greece - are just some of the factors behind this year's disappointing tourist figures on the Romanian Black Sea coast.
- Croatian Tourism Dips Worryingly in July 30/07/2014As reports emerge of a disappointing drop in visitors in many areas in July, some blame the bad weather and others, management issues.
- Montenegro Capital Faces Period of 'Technical' Rule 30/07/2014As talks on forming a new city government in Podgorica go nowhere, the Montenegrin capital faces a period of temporary adminstration by 'non-political' experts, pending new elections.
- Serbia Welcomes EU’s Kosovo Crimes Report 29/07/2014The Serbian government welcomed an EU task force announcement about indictments for alleged Kosovo Liberation Army crimes against Serbs, but said justice will only be done when perpetrators are convicted.
- New Kosovo Prosecutions ‘Offer Justice for Abducted Serbs’ 29/07/2014An EU task force report announcing prosecutions of senior Kosovo Liberation Army members for crimes against humanity after the 1999 war could end impunity, said human rights group Amnesty International.
- Albania Central Bank Chief Grilled Over Theft 30/07/2014
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