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Montenegro: Police intensifies patrol near border due to increase in the number of migrants


Due to the increasing presence of migrants in the area, police has intensified patrols in villages that gravitate towards the state border between Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, police forces did not confirm the number of migrants residing in the territory of Pljevlja municipality, nor how many of them managed to cross the border with Bosnia-Herzegovina. When migrants enter the country they are not punished for illegal entry but are directed to submit the requests to the competent Ministry of Interior and accommodated in the competent centers where they can stay until the end procedure. However, many of them do not wait forC the asylum procedure to be terminated but try to illegally leave the territory of Montenegro via Bosnia or, seldom, through Croatia. Migrants enter the abandoned houses of the villages they cross to find refuge.

The Police Administration affirmed that four such cases were reported to them. Indeed, The Pljevlja Security Center has so far registered four citizens’ reports concerning breakouts in four family houses, in which no one lives in the winter. Police also claimed that since August 2017, there has been a slight increase in the number of illegal migrants from the neighboring Republic of Albania. Illegal migration in Montenegro is mainly of an individual and transitory character, mainly for economic reasons. The majority of migrants registered come from Algeria, Syria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, as well as citizens of neighboring countries such as Albania, Kosovo, and Serbia.

Operation Albatros: 16 arrested for human trafficking

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Police officers of the State Investigation and Protection Agency of BiH (SIPA) conducted searches at 14 locations in the Canton Sarajevo, Una-Sana Canton, and Tuzla Canton. The operation, named Operation Albatros, led to the arrest of 16 people suspected of smuggling a large number of citizens of the Republic of Serbia from the territory of Kosovo to Croatia and other EU countries. This action is considered as a decisive step in the fight against illegal migration and smuggling of migrants in BiH.

Osmani: 2018 key year for Macedonia’s EU integration


The next 2018 is a historic year for the Republic of Macedonia in terms to our integration and in regard to these ambitions we expect support from Croatia, Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani stated Monday at the meeting with the Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, in the frames of his first official visit to Republic of Croatia.The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation between two countries, enlargement process and European perspective of the region as well as Croatia’s support for Macedonia’s integration in the EU and NATO, Secretariat for European Affairs said in a press release.Interlocutors underlined good bilateral relations between two countries, as basis for deepening the cooperation, exchange and mutual support for political ambitions. Osmani referred to European perspectives of the region in context to Macedonia’s EU integration processes.

PM Haradinaj: Demarcation to be solved soon


Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, has on Saturday received Croatian Ambassador to Kosovo, Marija Kapitanovic, discussing on current political developments and Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic integration process.
PM Haradinaj said that the open issue of the demarcation with Montenegro will be addressed soon and this will enable freedom of movement for Kosovo citizens into the EU Schengen area. Haradinaj told Kapitanovic that Kosovo is committed to preserving and promoting good neighbourly relations and highly appreciated relations with Montenegro. He also said that the Government is committed to fulfilling all obligations and reach its goal to become member of the EU.

Russia voices concerns over Ukraine-Croatia contacts


Moscow is concerned over contacts between officials of Ukraine and Croatia on “returning uncontrolled territories,” which run counter to the Minsk peace agreements, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. In late August, Kiev hosted contacts of Ukraine’s authorities with Croatia’s Former Justice Minister Vesna Skare-Ozbolt, Former Deputy Interior Minister Yoshko Moric and ex-chairman of the government’s committee for refugees and displaced persons Lovre Peykovich. “Judging on the current information from mass media, the meetings discussed issues of “returning uncontrolled territories” based on Croatia’s experience in the 1990s,” the ministry said. This was “negative experience” as Zagreb’s military operations in 1995 resulted in 250,000 Serbian refugees and numerous deaths, it noted. “Any mentioning of “military scenarios” towards Donbass looks especially flawed and immoral now, in the first days of the school ceasefire approved in the Normandy format”, the ministry said. Russia seeks to foster friendly ties with Croatia and calls on Zagreb to “use all possibilities to encourage Kiev to consistently and fully comply with the Minsk agreements for the soonest settlement of the domestic Ukrainian crisis by peaceful means and ensuring sustainable stabilization of situation in Ukraine’s southeast”.

“Greater Serbia aggression” is a great lie – Dacic

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Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic says the story about “the Greater Serbia aggression” on Croatia is a great lie. “None of you left from Serbia to do damage in Benkovac, Zagreb or other places. That is a big lie before which the international community should not close its eyes”, said Dacic.
He said that in the early 1990s more than half a million Serbs lived in Croatia, while now, 20 years later, there are only 180,000. “You have been expelled and driven out of your centuries-old homes, and before that, the international community must not close its eyes”, said Dacic.


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