Sat, May 18 2013
The charges, announced on May 24 2011, are the third of their kind against Vojislav Šešelj by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, since he turned himself in eight years ago to face charges of war crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and the Vojvodina region of Serbia between 1991 and 1994.
In Bucharest, US vice president Joe Biden meets Romanian president Traian Basescu and prime minister Boc, thanking them for Romania’s support for the revamped missile shield plan and for Romanian military personnel in Afghanistan.
US vice president says that he does not expect Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence, but Serbia should co-operate with the EU and international community on Kosovo.
United States vice president is expected to urge rival ethnic leaders to move forward with reforms for the sake of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s European prospects.
Calls for Kosovo to pressure Biden to lobby harder for more recognition for the fledgling state, while the topic may be skimmed in Serbia as the US seeks to rebuild ties.
The vice president's first stop will apparently be Pristina where he will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Biden's long track record of opposition to Milosevic may make his visit to Serbia more tense.
Governments in Prague and Bucharest could soon join Sofia in instituting temporary moratoriums on shale gas exploration.
Coalition around ruling Democratic Party has largest share of vote in Serbia's parliamentary election, according to exit polls.
Centre-right New Democracy is said by exit polls to have largest share of votes, but diminished even from its 2009 defeat, while socialists Pasok – the 2009 victors – gets somewhere around 14 to 17 per cent.
An agreement reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will allow voters with dual citizenship in Kosovo to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Serbia.
Twenty radical Muslims suspected of being members of a terrorist group that has been linked to the murder of five fishermen in early April.