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UN Humanitarian Chief Rallies Support for Flood-Hit Balkan Regions

Teams from UN World Food Programme (WFP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, UN Development Programme (UNDP) & International Organization for Migration (IOM) are working with authorities to provide food, clean water & sanitation support & debris removal.

Worthy article with photos on East European ramifications — Putin, Milosevic, Dodik, Kosturica, and Chetniks
Will Serbia make peace with Kosovo while a resurgent, saber-rattling, nationalistic Russian patron is on the move?

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Presumably celebrating New Year in event at United Nations, the current President of the UN General Assembly apparently was responsible for the playing of an ultra-nationalist militaristic march, “March on Drina,” (or “March upon the River Drina” in English). This militaristic song was employed as the anthem by Serb forces who committed genocide in Srebrenica (which is on the Drina River) as well as a campaign of aggression and ethnic cleansing through much of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

An overwhelming number of Bosnian/Herzegovinian organizations as well as individuals have reacted, many with letters of formal complaint to the UN Secretary General labeling the actions of former Serbian Foreign Minister and current UNGA President Vuk Jeremic as promoting a fascist, insulting song that adorned genocide over the last century, and less than 20 years earlier in the Drina valley towns of Zepa, Gorazde, Visegrad and many others, as well as Srebrenica.  However, I would start with a simpler question: In the building of peace, the United Nations, why would someone opt for a militaristic march to mark any holiday, but especially New Year’s? Did Mr. Jeremic’s actions also insult Orthodox Christianity by associating this great religion’s celebration of New Year (on January 14) with such a militaristic and nationalistic song? Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists and persons of other religious identities within the framework of the United Nations and as a matter of goodwill have made it habit of celebrating with their fellow global citizens and diplomats each other’s holidays. Transforming a New Year’s event into one that celebrates militarism in the least and genocide/aggression at worst undermines a longstanding tradition of mutual respect.

 

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PHOTO Credit bbc.co.uk : Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic in Srebrenica

 

 

Blog Report: SERBIA GAY PRIDE PARADE MUST BE ALLOWED TO GO ON, By Ambassador Mo
Serbian authorities (Ministry of Interior) have for second year running banned Gay Pride Parade in Belgrade on purportedly security grounds. In 2010, the Parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community was apparently attacked & according to UN News Centre resulted “in acts of vandalism & wounding of many police officers & civilians.”
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BOSNIA THREATENED? & EUROPEAN ROAD MUTUALLY BLOCKED FOR SERBIA & KOSOVO, By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey
Serbia President Tomislav Nikolic’s offer of direct negotiations with Kosovo’s leadership but oath not to recognize its independence effectively leaves the matter stalemated & thus the road toward European integration effectively blocked for both.
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Blog Report: SERBIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER: PRESIDENT OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY – NEXT UN SECRETARY GENERAL? By Ambassador Mo
Vuk Jeremic yesterday assumed role of President of UN General Assembly having been elected a few months earlier & leaving his post as Serbia’s Foreign Minister for new global stage. Although a year term, post is not entirely ceremonial. It will have significant impact on current debates as Syria.
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Blog Report: WHAT HAPPENED TO KOSOVO & MACEDONIA? By Ambassador Mo
In strange twist, official UN Photo gallery didn’t provide any pictorial evidence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s official visit to Kosovo, but also Macedonia (or as is still officially known at UN: “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”)  UNSG’s visit was seen as controversial at least in Belgrade. From our sources, we were told Belgrade’s displeasure forced a detour in the UNSG’s travel from Kosovo.
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