No evidence of trade in Albanian organs
SKOPJE -- Skopje has no official information on the claims that there was trafficking of Albanians' organs through Macedonia during the Kosovo conflict.
Albanian language media in Kosovo recently picked up articles in Macedonian papers in Albanian that the organs of Kosovo Albanians listed missing were "harvested and sold to Russians by Serbs".
The Macedonian Interior Ministry (MUP) told the Beta news agency that this is the first time they have heard these allegations, and that there have been no demands for investigations.
A similar statement was given by the Macedonian Foreign Ministry as well.
The Albanian language daily Lajm, printed in Skopje, stated that there are suspicions that the bodies of 20 Kosovo Albanians are buried in a Skopje cemetery, which the administration of the Butel cemetery is denying, telling Beta that every funeral is registered in its book-keeping.
Serbian War Crimes Prosecution Spokesperson Bruno Vekarić said that the story is a political reaction to an investigation into KLA crimes against Kosovo's Serbs, adding that the prosecution is prepared to investigate that case as well if it is true.
“We do not deal with politics, we keep to the process matters. If all this is true, we are ready to investigate it to the end,” Vekarić said, adding that the Serbian prosecution expects the same stance from the Albanian prosecution when it comes to the Serb victims.
Serbia has opened a probe into the case of missing Kosovo Serbs after former Hague Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte wrote in her book that there were investigations of suspected organ harvesting operations in North Albania.
The case of the kidnapped Serbs who are believed to have been killed in northern Albania in 1999, after their vital organs were harvested, is also investigated by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty, who is due in Belgrade at the end of the month.
March 4, 2009 | 10:21 | Source: B92 | Comments: (6) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- Slovenia is in favor of mediation to help resolve the border crisis with Croatia, something that the European Commission expects Croatian support for too.
March 4, 2009 | 16:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- Croatian President Stjepan Mesić says a procedure to strip generals convicted of war crimes of their medals will be launched soon.
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LJUBLJANA -- A mass grave dating back to the Second World War has been unearthed in a mine near Laško, Slovenia.
March 3, 2009 | 11:11 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
PODGORICA -- Montenegrin PM Milo Đukanović believes that conditions for Montenegro to suggest an ambassador to Serbia have not yet been achieved.
March 3, 2009 | 14:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- Slovenia’s decision to block further Croatian EU talks was just and Slovenia will not drop its demands, says Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor.
March 3, 2009 | 16:32 | Source: Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- Croatia and Albania expect to be fully-fledged NATO members by the beginning of April.
March 3, 2009 | 12:51 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor wants the issue of “erased” persons to be resolved as soon as possible.
March 9, 2009 | 13:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
ZAGREB -- Croatia will accept the EC’s initiative to send a mediation team headed by Martti Ahtisaari in an attempt to resolve its border dispute with Slovenia.
March 9, 2009 | 09:30 | Source: DW | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ATHENS -- Greek police say a bomb has exploded outside a Citibank branch north of Athens, causing significant damage to the building and to two cars.
March 6, 2009 | 14:04 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- Olli Rehn expects Slovenia and Croatia to accept mediation, thereby unblocking Croatia’s upcoming negotiations.
March 8, 2009 | 11:31 | Source: FoNet, Beta | Comments: (1) | Send comment
EAST SARAJEVO -- A Montenegrin bus with 52 passengers – 46 of them children – this morning slid off the road and overtunred in Žljebovi, Bosnia.
March 8, 2009 | 12:11 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
VIENNA -- Austrian authorities said on Saturday they had organized a group deportation of Kosovo Albanians earlier this week.
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BRUSSELS -- Austrian diplomat Valentin Inzko has received support from Washington to be named as new high representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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SOFIA -- Over 3,000 prisoners could receive amnesty in Bulgaria, states a new draft law that has been approved on its first reading by the Bulgarian parliament Friday.