The states that once formed part of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s experienced war, mass murder, ethnic cleansing, and humanitarian disaster. Economic growth was slow or negative and corruption was the rule, not the exception. The outflow of refugees was much greater than the migration of young people out of the Balkans today.
Alim Hamza, who is under the surveillance of German authorities for his Islam extremist standpoints, was among delegates, while the expert for security issues Irfan Peci considers that the danger of Haradinaj's contacts with Salafi movement with the goal of establishing "Greater Albania" should not be underestimated.
First President of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic, who awaits to be transferred to other prison to serve life sentence, asked the President of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague to allow him to use an video link to talk to his family from prison.