28, 2007: NATO and theá EU (European Union) have a new plan for resolving
Kosovo's "final status." This would beá "provisional independence" for
Kosovo. What that means precisely is not clear but it does contain a key word
demanded by Kosovar Albanians: independence. Russia continues to insist it
backs Serbian demands that Kosovo remain part of Serbia. Kosovo's prime
minister, Agim Ceku, believes that Kosovo will ultimately beá independent.
26, 2007: Two bombs were detonated in Greece. Both of the bombs were small,
"harassment-type" bombs. One was detonated in Athens outside of a bank
building. The other bomb occurred in Thessalonica and destroyed a diplomat's
car. Greece fears a resurgence of left-wing terror attacks.
23, 2007: Serbia's "pro-West" Democratic Party (DS) asked that the EU and UN delay
announcing any final decision on Kosovo's final status. The Democratic Party
and other reform parties are trying to form a new coalition government in
Serbia following the elections on January 21. The G17 Plus Party said that it
favored a coalition with the DS and Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS). A
G17-DS-DSS coalition would have between 130 and 135 seats in the 250-member
parliament - a bare majority. The Serb reformists argue that a rapid decision
on Kosovo - particularly one that recommends Kosovar independence-will shake
Serbian politics and energize radical nationalists. The reform parties favor
integration into Europe and joining the EU.
22, 2007: The "nationalist" Serbian Radical Party (SRS) took the most
party-line votes in the Serbian national elections on January 21, but it will
not have enough seats to establish a parliamentary majority. The SRS will
likely have 81 seats in the 250-member parliament. A collection of
"pro-Western" democratic reform parties took at least 60 percent of the vote
and will have a chance to form a coalition government. The Democratic Party
(DS) will have 65 seats. The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) will probably
have 47 seats. The G17 Plus Party will have 19 seats.
19, 2007: French police in southern France intercepted and confiscated a
shipment of small arms. In a related operation, the police also confiscated
ammunition, detonators, and other small arms. The police report said that 54
Kalashnikovs were found during the raids, as well as 30 other rifles. The
weapons and ammunition were being shipped through France by a "Balkans"
smuggling ring, possibly originating in Serbia. However, the suspected leader
of the smuggling ring is a Croat. French police said Serbian police had
provided information that led to the arms bust.
18, 2007: Security officers in Transdniestr (the separatist region in Moldova)
arrested two Moldovan police officers. The Moldovan policemen were released
within a day. The Moldovan police were trying to arrest a drug trafficker. One
report said the drug trafficker was "linked" to the Transdniestrian security
services. This is more than just a misunderstanding. Moldova does not recognize
Transdniestr's separatist claims. This was a small-scale battle over authority