RS, anti-corruption NGO at loggerheads
SARAJEVO -- Transparency International, based in Berlin, has addressed governments and their embassies in Bosnia over “a series of inexplicable media attacks on TI” there.
Milorad Dodik (FoNet, archive)
“Although TI is a key actor in tackling corruption, and is of vital importance to the country and region in terms of the rule of law, [Republic of Srpska PM Milorad] Dodik’s groundless claims depicting TI as a criminal element in Bosnia, and the implied legal sanctions and threats, have further complicated the situation,” reads a TI statement.
The organization has expressed its hope that the rule of law will triumph, and that such accusations will come before the Bosnian judicial organs in full line with the principles of fair trial and impartiality.
Several RS media published information yesterday according to which TI was involved in racketing with deposed RS officials and businessmen.
Dodik said that the entity’s authorities would protect witnesses that had named certain personnel from TI and other institutions in regards to misusing their positions, and intimidating and extorting money from people in the RS.
TI believes that such attacks are completely unacceptable in any country or entity based on democracy and the rule of law.
The NGO stated that it expected a clear response from the entity and state authorities, as well as the international community, to whom it would make clear that such treatment of independent organizations would not be tolerated.
June 26, 2008 | 20:00 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PODGORICA -- Montenegro's ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS)-Social Democratic Party (SDP) coalition denied there was "any pressure" on Montenegro over Kosovo.
June 26, 2008 | 16:12 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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PODGORICA -- DPS official Miodrag Vuković says that recognition of Kosovo independence is not high on Montenegro’s list of priorities currently.
June 27, 2008 | 14:55 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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June 30, 2008 | 10:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PODGORICA, SARAJEVO -- The Montenegrin Social Democrats (SDP) claim to have managed to dissuade the SPS from requesting membership in the Socialist International (SI).
June 30, 2008 | 14:12 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
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June 30, 2008 | 14:27 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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BUCHAREST -- The Romanian Supreme Court is calling for the Defense Ministry to confirm the last resting place of late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife.
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SARAJEVO -- The Sarajevo Canton Prosecution has decided to launch an inquiry against SDP leader Zlatko Lagumdžija and fellow senior SDP official Tomislav Limov.
June 28, 2008 | 10:38 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Miroslav Lajčak says it's necessary to resolve issues of state and military assets and settle the status of Brčko district before his post can be scrapped.
June 28, 2008 | 15:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- Support for the EU is on the wane in Croatia, as in many European countries, following the recent Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty.
June 26, 2008 | 15:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
ATHENS -- UN mediator in the Macedonia “name” dispute Matthew Nimetz has proposed three names for the former Yugoslav republic, writes Greek daily Elefteros Tipos.
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ZAGREB -- Unknown individuals in Croatia stoned a bus carrying members of the Nakem cultural-artistic association from the Turkish city of Bursa to Bužim in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
June 30, 2008 | 22:37 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- A public service announcement showing a kiss between two men which was banned was finally aired on Croatian television yesterday.
June 30, 2008 | 14:09 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (1) | Send comment
ATHENS -- For the first time in the history of the Greek Orthodox Church an archiereus will serve several years in prison.
July 1, 2008 | 12:20 | Source: UPI | Comments: (0) | Send comment
VERONA -- Eight Croatian gypsies were taken into police custody in northern Italy for allegedly making children take part in hundreds of crimes, officials said.
July 2, 2008 | 17:34 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
PODGORICA -- The recognition of Kosovo is a delicate issue for Montenegro, U.S. Ambassador in Podgorica Roderick Moore says.
June 29, 2008 | 19:19 | Source: Xinhua | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ATHENS -- The Greek Passenger ship Theofilos, with 475 passengers on board, laid at anchor safely on the island of Oinousse after running aground.