Tenth anniversary of NATO attack
Source: B92, FoNet, Beta
BELGRADE -- Today is the tenth anniversary of the NATO air strikes on Serbia and then the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SRJ).
A file 1999 photo of houses in Ćuprija destroyed by NATO bombs (Beta)
At midday, air raid sirens sounded throughout the country in a mark of remembrance for the victims.
The government, which has decided to build a memorial center dedicated to the victims of the air strikes, called on all citizens to suspend their activities and respect the minute’s silence for the victims.
Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković said that the air strikes had been an illegal act that could have been avoided.
"Could the bombing have been avoided? We know the answer. Only reason can prevail over evil," he told a special cabinet meeting today.
Cvetković said that 1,002 soldiers and police officers had perished during the bombing, as well as around 2,500 civilians, including 89 children, while 12,500 people had been injured.
He underlined that the air strikes had not solved the problems in Kosovo, nor had they established the rule of law or peace in the province.
He said that Serbia had elected to resolve the problem using peaceful and democratic means, but that it would never recognize Kosovo's unilateral independence.
"The bombing led to long-term detrimental repercussions for Serbia. For the future of our children, we must not let this happen again," the prime minister stressed.
Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said that the bombing had been carried out without the UN’s authorization and that its result had been Kosovo’s declaration of independence.
"Whatever the cause was, that campaign should not have been carried out in a democratic, civilized world. That was a crime against our people,“ said Dačić.
He added that in the same way as the air strikes had been launched against Serbia, certain countries had recognized Kosovo’s independence in contravention of the principles of international law.
The anniversary of the bombing was also marked at the Russian House in a ceremony attended by representatives of the government, the Russian Duma, businessmen and politicians.
Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Konuzin said that now, instead of military bombs, bombs of a political nature were falling on Serbia.
“No-one had any illusion as to the intention of taking Kosovo from Serbia, while even now there are no illusions that the wish of the European presence in Kosovo, which is squeezing out the UN, is to implement the Ahtisaari plan. But even that’s not the last political bomb. From The Hague they’re bombing you with harsh condemnations of Serbs,” Konuzin stressed.
During the 78 days of the air strikes, in a campaign titled Operation Allied Force, over 3,000 people perished, while civilian and military infrastructure suffered severe damage. Economists have estimated the vale of the damage at USD 29.6bn.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 21:26 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Thousands of Kosovo Serbs in the north of the province remembered the victims of NATO's attacks on Serbia in 1999.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 16:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has the worst relations with NATO out of all the countries in South-East Europe, says Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 16:02 | Source: Beta | Comments: (11) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) members and supporters have rigged a banner up on the Varadin bridge equating the 1999 bombing with the new Vojvodina Statute.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 13:41 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Czech PM Mirko Topolanek says that Serbia should not forgo its European ambitions under any circumstances, and that it has Prague’s full support.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 10:58 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Starting next Tuesday, MPs will convene in the renovated building of the parliament of the former Yugoslavia.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 10:29 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (15) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- President Boris Tadić has met behind closed doors in New York with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to discuss his Kosovo report and the six-point plan.
utorak 24.03.2009 | 09:50 | Source: B92 | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci says that the air strikes on Yugoslavia 10 years ago were “a great historic event for Kosovo.”
utorak 24.03.2009 | 09:39 | Source: B92 | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The power cuts in Serb communities in northern Kosovo are breaches of fundamental human rights, says Kosovo Minister Goran Bogdanović.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 20:26 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (33) | Send comment
NEW YORK, BELGRADE -- The UN Security Council was discussing the situation in Kosovo, with UNMIK chief Lamberto Zannier and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon both presenting reports.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 16:35 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- MPs from several parties say, ten years after NATO started its bombing of Serbia, that it would be best for the country to remain militarily neutral.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 16:34 | Source: Beta | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) official Ivan Andrić called on police to uncover the identity of the person who attacked party leader Čedomir Jovanović.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 15:19 | Source: Beta | Comments: (28) | Send comment
KONČULJ -- Kosovo police, KPS, prevented Belgrade Mayor Dragan Đilas and presidential adviser Mlađan Đorđević from entering the province this Monday.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 14:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić on Monday in Belgrade addressed a conference dubbed, "NATO Aggression against Serbia: Ten Years After".
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 14:15 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A delegation of Serbs from Kosovo, whose villages have been left without electricity for three weeks now, will meet with government representatives.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 13:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM in charge of European integrations Božidar Đelić will meet with EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn today.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 11:40 | Source: Danas | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling coalition will most likely block the adoption in parliament of the Vojvodina statute for some period of time, daily Danas writes.
ponedeljak 23.03.2009 | 10:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
TIRANA -- Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha says it is the authorities in Belgrade that are to blame for constant tensions in Kosovo.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 16:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) President Tomislav Nikolić said on Sunday in Belgrade that the party's goal is to force early elections.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 16:40 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NEW YORK, PRIŠTINA -- The UN Security Council will on Monday debate the situation in Kosovo, with President Boris Tadić attending the session.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 15:41 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition DSS leader Vojislav Koštunica says that those ruling in Belgrade city assembly have no policy, no projects, and do nothing except hold on to power.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 13:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
MADRID -- Spain is flexible when it comes to the date when it plans to withdraw its soldiers deployed as part of NATO's KFOR in Kosovo.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 12:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Two opposition parties on Saturday in several Belgrade municipalities presented their economic program for the economic crisis.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 12:39 | Source: Beta, Politika | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac has said that his ministry's reform will introduce internal control into military police and military intelligence service.
nedelja 22.03.2009 | 10:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (14) | Send comment
ŠILOVO -- Representatives from several Kosovo Serb municipalities will today hold a joint session.
subota 21.03.2009 | 19:43 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (23) | Send comment
ALGIERS -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić was in Algiers on Saturday where he met with his Algerian counterpart Mourad Medelci.
subota 21.03.2009 | 19:38 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KRUŠEVAC -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac said today that the economic crisis cannot be an excuse for the postponement of reforms.
subota 21.03.2009 | 14:07 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo's Albanian institutions have appraised Ban Ki-Moon's latest report positively, Beta news agency says.
subota 21.03.2009 | 13:57 | Source: Beta, Dnevnik | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- League of Vojvodina Social Democrats (LSV) official Bojan Kostreš says there is no longer any justification for the Vojvodina statute not to be sent to MPs.
subota 21.03.2009 | 12:18 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia is not on the verge of bankruptcy, but it cannot expect to get out of the economic crisis before 2011, NBS Governor Radovan Jelašić says.
subota 21.03.2009 | 11:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (10) | Send comment
MOSCOW -- The deputies of the Russian Duma on Friday addressed the issue of Kosovo and the Un war crimes tribunal at the Hague.
subota 21.03.2009 | 11:22 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
WASHINGTON, MADRID -- Official Washington says it is very disappointed with Madrid's decision to withdraw its troops from NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
subota 21.03.2009 | 11:04 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (10) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Balkans needs a new Dayton agreement, says Daniel Serwer of the American Institute for Peace.
petak 20.03.2009 | 16:40 | Source: Beta | Comments: (15) | Send comment
PRISTINA, BELGRADE -- Kosovo's deputy foreign policy chief Vlora Citaku says that Priština will seek the withdrawal of the UN mission at the Security Council session on March 23.
petak 20.03.2009 | 15:38 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (9) | Send comment
ANKARA -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić has met in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Ali Babancan.
petak 20.03.2009 | 15:17 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Croatian and Serbian PMs have agreed to resolve difficult bilateral issues step by step, but to focus on EU integration and cooperation for the time being.
petak 20.03.2009 | 15:03 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of the EC delegation to Serbia Josep Lloveras says that the visa liberalization process for Serbia is not linked to that of other countries in the region.
petak 20.03.2009 | 12:27 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Slovakia's newly-appointed Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčak says that his country has not changed its stance on Kosovo's unilateral independence.
petak 20.03.2009 | 11:03 | Source: Beta | Comments: (23) | Send comment
MADRID, BRUSSELS -- Spain will be withdrawing its contingent from KFOR by the summer, according to Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon.
petak 20.03.2009 | 11:01 | Source: Beta | Comments: (26) | Send comment
PANČEVO -- U.S. ambassador to Serbia Cameron Munter hopes that there will never be any repeat of the problems that led to the NATO air strikes on Serbia in 1999.
petak 20.03.2009 | 10:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the overall security situation in Kosovo is stable despite the incidents that have occurred in north Kosovska Mitrovica.
petak 20.03.2009 | 10:21 | Source: B92 | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Cooperation from Belgrade is necessary in order for the EULEX mission in Kosovo to succeed, EULEX Chief Yves de Kermabon told B92.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 16:39 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Kosovo Minister Goran Bogdanović has conveyed Belgrade's willingness to cooperate with EULEX within a status neutral framework, and with the UN's participation.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 16:25 | Source: Beta | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Radical Party officials have been handing out offensive posters in parliament depicting the president of the Queeria NGO, Boban Stojanović.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 15:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The Kosovo Police Service (KPS) stopped Deputy Minister for Kosovo Bojan Anđelković from crossing the main bridge over the Ibar River in K.Mitrovica today.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 12:19 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Debate on the controversial anti-discrimination law is continuing in parliament today.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 11:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- By accepting decentralization of powers the Serbs would receive partial autonomy and a better standard of living, says EU Civilian Envoy to Kosovo Pieter Feith.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 10:24 | Source: FoNet, Večernje novosti | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia will call on Croatia to drop its lawsuit against Belgrade for genocide, in which case Serbia will drop its own counter-action, says PM Mirko Cvetković.
četvrtak 19.03.2009 | 09:25 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Agriculture Ministry will supply the Kosovo Serbs with everything they need for the spring sewing season, says Minister Saša Dragin.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 19:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić will embark on a three-day visit to Turkey and Algeria, it has been announced.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 19:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić met in Belgrade today with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 18:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (53) | Send comment
MALDIVES -- The Maldivian parliament has launched an investigation into allegations that this country's government had recognized Kosovo in exchange for a USD 2mn bribe.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 17:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
ATHENS -- First Deputy PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić says Greece would continue to back Serbia's efforts to protest her national and state interests.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 17:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn says the EU should not postpone the plans for accession of the Western Balkan countries.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 15:15 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- MPs have adopted laws on international legal assistance in criminal matters, on combating money laundering and financing terrorism, and on electoral registers.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 11:59 | Source: Beta, Večernje novosti | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini says that the time is ripe for Serbia to continue its European integration process.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 10:55 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Bajrakli mosque in central Belgrade has still to be restored five years after it was set alight during demonstrations against the violence in Kosovo.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 09:44 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serb Radical Party (SRS) has asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the Belgrade Assembly’s decision to dissolve the Zemun municipal authorities.
sreda 18.03.2009 | 09:33 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Parliament is today due to consider the draft anti-discrimination law that was pulled from procedure previously at the behest of religious communities.