Zagreb wants Serbia to prosecute individuals indicted for war crimes in Croatia in the 1990s, an issue that could turn into a key point for Belgrade's further European integration. Officials and experts say that calming tensions over the issue is in the vital interests of both nations.
Croatian Minister of Justice Orsat Miljenic told SETimes that Serbia must try senior army officers if it wants to "face the problem of war crimes."
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When the Security Council established the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 20 years ago, on the heels of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia the previous year, the landscape of international criminal law was altered forever, members heard today as they reviewed developments.
New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction
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Working environment The countries that comprise the western Balkans are still coping with the consequences of large-scale displacement caused by the conflicts in the region in the 1990s. In addition, persisting social and economic challenges continue to drive the movement of nationals within and from the region, primarily to the European Union.
On Friday, 14 November a ceremony was held in Lasinja to hand over a demining certificate for a project in Lasinja named „Forested area on the right side of Kupa river, East from Radovići settlement“. The ceremony took place in front of the Municipal hall Lasinja.
The project was jointly funded by Karlovac County and CROMAC. Karlovac county has spent 350.000kuna for that project. The ceremony was attended by Director of CROMAC, Mr. Dražen Jakopec, Karlovac County Prefect Mr. Ivan Vučić and Mayor of Lasinja Mr, Željko Prigorac, with their respective associates and team members.
On November 12, 2014, there was a panel ''Children in Mine Environment'' held in the premises of Darda elementary school. It was attended by ca. 200 first and second grade students.
BRUSSELS, 27 October 2014 - A new cross-border multi-hazard early warning system will be developed in the Western Balkans and Turkey to increase resilience to floods, landslides, droughts and heat-waves which often hit the region and to build on the lessons learnt from the devastating floods of May 2014.
On Saturday, 11. October CROMAC participated in educational activity named „Less weaponry –less tragedies“, which was held in Hrvatska Kostajnica as a part of „Kestenijada 2014“ event.
With a large number of visitors from all over Croatia as well as abroad, those present had the opportunity to see the demining devices and were informed of the Mine situation in Croatia.
The interested members of the public were shown current demining sites that are active with emphasis on Sisak Moslavina County.
On 13. October a visit to a demining project „Area of the Blinjski kut settlement and Gornje Komarevo“ took place.
With the realization of this demining project a total of 1,3Km 2 will be released back to use, which represents almost 15% of the MSA in the City of Sisak. The importance of this project is well illustrated by the fact that there was a Mine or an UXO found in each 2.875m2.
Brussels, 10 October 2014
EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, has today announced an aid package worth nearly €80 million proposed by the European Commission for Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after flooding disasters struck the countries in May and June 2014.
By Richard Waddington
MADRID, 9 October 2014 - The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.
Both the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leading to over 60 deaths and causing more than a billion euros of damage.
• SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.
Heavy rain affected several areas of Croatia in the last few days causing water levels to rise and subsequent floodings.
The most critical situation during 14 September was in Nedelišce, Pribislavec, Mala Subotica and Mursko Središce due to severe situation on the river Mura in Medimurje County.
As of 15 September the situation is most serious in the area of Sisak - Moslavina County, Medimurska County and the County of Karlovac.
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BELGRADE, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - One woman was killed on Monday after heavy rains brought renewed flooding to Serbia, four months after record floods killed almost 80 in the Balkans, local media reported.
The eastern village of Tekija, on the right bank of the Danube, was among the worst affected. More than 300 of the village's roughly 1,000 residents had to be evacuated, police said in a statement.
The surging waters claimed the life of one elderly woman in the village, state-run RTS television added.
ZAGREB, Sept 14 (Reuters) - As many as two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding, with the worst occurring in central Croatia, the national rescue agency DUZS said on Sunday.
Heavy rain has been falling since Wednesday, causing rivers to rise, closing roads and threatening houses and factories. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.
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Today the commencement of the demining works was marked and with it the entire MSA in Gunja Municipality in size 162.017m2
Numerous humanitarian actions in coordination with the members of the Croatian Mine Action community were undertaken in order to assist the affected flooded local residents.
The demining will be done by 37 demining companies authorized for demining in Croatia at no cost. The overall estimated value of the project is about 1 Milion Kuna. The demining site will entail 43 deminers for a period of 30 days.
Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.
By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14
In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.