Postings mit Schlagwort "Serbia" (4)

 Kosovo - one year after...  

posted by Julia 15 years ago
Kosovars did not have to go to work for two days, the President of Kosovo pardoned or shortened the sentences of 62 people convicted of various crimes, and the Kosovar Prime Minister visited a baby girl born on 17 February 2008 and named Pavaresia (Independence)...
The accounts of Kosovo's celebration of "1 year of independence" are a good occasion to publish reports on every-day life in Kosovo (cf. an easy-reading article by the TAZ/in German or an (mp3) audio-report by D. Auer/Deutschlandfunk/also in German)... or to recall that most "promises" by the Kosovo government or the international community are still not realised:

 EU Should Keep Up Pressure on Belgrade 

posted by Julia 15 years ago
Despite "Serbia's newfound appetite for international justice", IWPR correspondant Simon Jennings argues that the "EU Should Keep Up Pressure on Belgrade". "Given the recent arrests (...), it is regrettable that European chiefs are looking to relax their strict conditions on movement towards integration just when they are starting to work", e.g. by initiating a trade agreement with Serbia.
Related stories: a recently published BIRN article on the fate of Sarajevo's Jews during the war and an IWPR article on Visegrad where people "do not know anything" about what happened during the war. A propos Visegrad and the war: if you are looking for an easy-to-read novel for the end of the Christmas/New Years holidays, I can recommend Sasa Stanisic': Wie der Soldat das Grammofon repariert/How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (click here or here to read an extract in English).

 Beqë Cufaj: Seine Taten, unsere Welt 

posted by Julia 15 years ago

Reflecting on the role of the ICTY, I remembered an article I had read by Beqe Cufaj on Karadzic's arrest, "an opportunity for justice" as B. Cufaj puts it: "As the victims are condemned to eternal silence, the perpetrators have to speak now" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 24.07.08). But we should not believe the "rhetoric of criminals" which denies any responsiblity. Nor should we shift the whole responsibility onto the war criminals - we should rather ask us about our personal responsibility, argues B. Cufaj: We are responsible for shaping the future, while Karadzic can only tell us about the past. Below you will find a copy of the article (in German) which is not available on the FAZ website (any more):

 Karadzic - finally! 

posted by Julia 15 years ago

"Karadzic - finally!" titles the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" - indeed, Radovan Karadzic could have been arrested earlier on several occasions (FAZ and ZEIT ), and it is no coincidence that the arrest happens now 2 weeks after the new Serbian pro-European government was sworn in. He could be transfered to the ICTY in the Hague as early as this week-end. Now only two accused are at large: R. Mladic and G. Hadzic. (... more...)



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