NATO plans to reduce its troops in Bosnia from 19,000
peacekeepers to about 12,000 by the end of this year, the
alliance said in a statement posted at
The cutbacks are due to "a great improvement in the security
situation in the Balkans," the statement said.
The Bush administration has long sought a pull-out of
American troops from Bosnia, but U.S. officials have agreed
they would not leave before America's European allies.
"In January the international community's high
representative in Bosnia, Wolfgang Petritsch, told NATO
it should maintain its military presence," BBC recalled.
"We have not yet reached the point of no return where
Bosnia-Hercegovina would truly be a viable state that could
stand alone," he said then.
In Cooperation with the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), the
International Journalism Center (IJZ) at the Danube-University Krems (Vienna) announces the start of the 9th Master-Program in Print, Radio, TV and Online Journalism. In the three semester course students are taught an integrated approach towards the media. The program begins in October 2002 is fulltime and students earn a Master of Adanced Studies.
Language of Instruction is German. Students applying need to have a
University degree, a working command of the German language and pass the
entrance exam. Deadline for applications is August 15. Stipends cover
student fees and living expenses.
With students from 21 nations and instructors from 15 nations, the program
has become a platform for international journalism and communications
throughout Europe. Other Master-Programs at the IJZ starting in the fall
include PR and Integrated Communications and Communications and Management
For more information please contact:
International Journalism Center
Dr. Karl Dorrekstr 30
Tel. 43/2732/893 2702
Refugees have been trickling into the United States ever since the September 11 attacks led to a slowdown in resettlement. Some of the immigrants are starting their new lives in the northern Great Plains, in Fargo, North Dakota, where they join the thousands of refugees who are already there. The largest refugee group in Fargo is finding both successes and challenges settling into its new community.
"It's the best day of my life," Bosko Curic said.
Bosko Curic said today is the best day of his life. The Bosnian Serb has waited four years to be reunited with his two sons in the United States, and to see for the first time, his youngest grandchild.
"Just waiting and hope someday they'll allow you to come to US and see rest of closest family," Radimir Curic said.
Translating for his father, Radimir Curic said the trip was delayed twice -first because of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, then because of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The nationwide slowdown in refugee resettlement that followed delayed Mr. Curic's arrival for more than eight months.
"So finally that's happened so we are all happy and thankful for the government and for people in North Dakota," Mr. Curic said.
Read more: Bosnian Refugees Find a Home in Fargo, North Dakota
The bodies of 19 people, believed to be Muslim civilians killed during the Bosnian war, have been exhumed from a mass grave in the Cajnice district near the border with Montenegro, a local missing persons' commission said on Sunday.
The 19 are believed to have been part of a group of 65 people killed by Bosnian Serbs on May 16, 1992, as they attempted to flee to Montenegro soon after the outbreak of the three-year Bosnian war.
Head of the missing persons' commission for the Gorazde region, Sefik Delhamet, said tins of food and blankets were found near the bodies, several of which were missing their skulls, around 80 kilometres southwest of the capital Sarajevo.
Mr Delhamet said the dead probably came from the regions of Cajnice, Gorazde and nearby Foca.
Several hundred Bosnian Muslims were killed when Bosnian Serb troops seized control of the Foca area in 1992.
Foca is today part of the Serb-run Republika Srpska, which along with the Muslim-Croat Federation makes up post-war Bosnia.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said more than 17,000 Bosnians are still unaccounted for, seven years after the end of the war that pitted Bosnian Serbs against Muslims and Croats, killing over 200,000.
An apparent bid by federal president Vojislav Kostunica to curry favour with Serbian nationalists has rocked relations between Yugoslavia and Bosnia.
While Kostunica was visiting the border town of Mali Zvornik on September 14 as part of campaigning for Serbia's presidential elections, the Democratic Party of Serbia, DSS, leader described neighbouring Republika Srpska, RS, as "part of the family, temporarily separated from the Serbian motherland".
Haris Silajdzic, a Bosniak candidate for the Bosnian presidency, described the remarks as "one step away from declaration of war", claiming that "everything achieved in the process of normalisation" between the two neighbouring states had been destroyed as a result.
Kostunica - who later described his comments as having been "maliciously misinterpreted" - maintained he has no plan to reunite the RS with Serbia, saying that he had only been calling for the eventual reunion of all of the former Yugoslavia's Serbs within the framework of the European Union.
Read more: Serbia: Kostunica Remarks Frighten Bosnia
"UN prosecutors have opened
their genocide case against Slobodan Milosevic, vowing to prove that he
played a leading role in the worst crimes against humanity in Europe
since World War II," CNN Europe reports, in a story posted at
The trial for crimes in Kosovo finished earlier this month. In the
Bosnia trial, Milosevic faces the most severe charge of genocide.
"Murder, torture and deportation are among the [other] serious
charges Milosevic, 61, now faces," CNN notes.
After the prosecution outlined the case against the former Yugoslav
leader, including large-scale murder, torture and expulsion of
Muslims from large regions of Bosnia, Milosevic answered by
showing a video that portrayed Serbs as the war's victims.
"Milosevic, who has refused a lawyer and is conducting his own
defence, looked rested after a two-week break in court hearings and
listened closely to the prosecution, sometimes smirking or frowning,"
CNN Europe reported.
"The former Yugoslav president has been charged for the mass
execution of Muslims in the city of Srebrenica, and the three-year
siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia's capital, when Serb snipers shot children,
women and the elderly on the streets and in their homes. . . .
"Outside, . . . , a dozen Bosnian protesters called for the arrest
of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his wartime general,
Ratko Mladic, who remain at large despite also being indicted for genocide
Prosecutors are expected to call 106 witnesses against Milosevic in
the Bosnia portion of the trial, and another 71 for the Croatia
So far, the trial has increased Milosevic's popularity in Serbia,
reports Time magazine's European edition, in an article posted at
(A rally for radical Serb ultra-nationalist Vojislav Seselj --
endorsed by Milosevic in the race for Serbia's presidency -- drew an
estimated 20,000 people in Novi Sad. "Seselj is the only man
capable of protecting Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic," his aides
told the cheering crowd, AFP reported. However, opinion polls show
Seselj in third place among the electorate).