Latest News from Croatia

ICJ hearing continues by interrogation of Croatian witnesses

THE HAGUE - The hearing continues on Tuesday before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the dispute between Serbia and Croatia on mutual suits for genocide committed in the territory of Croatia in the period from 1991 to 1995 by further presentation of arguments by the Croatian legal team, followed by cross-examination of witnesses proposed by Croatia.

Croatia increases transparency of police work

Croatia increases transparency of police work

An amendment is seen as an effort to increase public trust in the police.

Police investigations will be monitored by a civil council under the new law. [AFP]

Croatia is planning to institute a council of civil representatives to monitor criminal investigations in order to improve police transparency.

Obradovic: Genocide committed against Serbs not Croats

THE HAGUE - Sasa Obradovic, Serbia's agent to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), stated on Monday that genocide was committed against Serbs in Croatia rather than the other way round as the Croatian side claims, noting that today only one third of Serbs live in this country compared to 1991.

Novi Sad to bid for European Capital of Culture 2020

NOVI SAD - The initiative to nominate the second-largest city in Serbia Novi Sad as the European Capital of Culture in 2020 has been presented on Monday at the 20th international Book Fair in Novi Sad.

Miljenic: Croatia wants to present truth

THE HAGUE - Croatian Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic said Monday that Croatia wants to show at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the truth about what really happened during the conflicts on the territory of that country in the 1990s.

Rodic, Kotromanovic on submittal of documentation

ZAGREB/BELGRADE - Defence Ministers of Serbia and Croatia Nebojsa Rodic and Ante Kotromanovic agreed in Zagreb on Monday on the submittal of the documentation regarding military facilities of the former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) in the territory of Croatia, the Serbian Ministry of Defence said.

Ljajic confident Serbia will not lose dispute at ICJ

BELGRADE - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Rasim Ljajic believes that Serbia will not lose a dispute with Croatia that started before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague Monday, adding that Serbia does not want to disrupt relations with its neighbor Croatia.

Dacic: Settle historical accounts, not politicise process

BELGRADE - Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Monday that it would be positive for the proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to be brought to an end so as to settle historical accounts and close the past, adding that it is up to serious politicians to make sure that the proceedings are not politicised.

Grotic: New evidence to back genocide suit against Serbia

THE HAGUE - Head of the Croatian legal team Vesna Crnic-Grotic said on Monday that Croatia will present its evidence during the hearing before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, which will include some new materials to support the claim that Serbia committed genocide in its territory in the period from 1991 to 1995.

Serb refugees from Croatia welcome State Department report

BELGRADE - There is no genuine political will in Croatia to find a fair lasting solution to key issues of hundreds of thousands of banished Serbs and Serb returnees, the Coalition of Refugee Associations in Serbia released on Sunday.

Rodic visits Croatia

BELGRADE - Serbian Defence Minister Nebojsa Rodic will be staying in a visit to Croatia on Sunday and Monday at the invitation of Croatian Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic with whom he will discuss improvement of the two countries' defence and security cooperation.

Serbia in group with Montenegro, USA, South Africa

CANCUN - Serbia's national water polo team will compete at the FINA Water Polo World Cup in Kazakhstan this summer in the Group A with Montenegro, the U.S. and South Africa, the draw in Cancun decided on Friday.

Group B comprises Croatia, Hungary, Australia and Kazakhstan.

FINA World Cup will be held in Almaty from August 19 to 24.

Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness

Athletes return from Olympics with sense of togetherness

Memories of friendship and solidarity were forged among athletes from the Balkans and Turkey during the 2014 Sochi Games.

The region's Olympians, like alpine skier Igor Laikert of BiH, returned home from Sochi this week with many memories. [AFP]

Police, prosecution and customs to counter corruption

BELGRADE - The regional conference on prevention of corruption on border crossings opened in Belgrade on Thursday.

The conference is hosted by the U.S. Embassy and it gathers representatives of the police, Prosecutor's Offices and customs services of Serbia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Romania.