SARAJEVO (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund will hold off on disbursing the next tranche of Bosnia’s aid program until the Balkan country implements agreed economic policies, most likely after the October election, a senior IMF official said on Friday.
An IMF mission visiting Bosnia could not conclude the eighth review of its 380 million euro ($487.92 million) standby arrangement for Bosnia, in place since September 2012, said Ron van Rooden, who headed a 10-day mission.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnia’s governments are unlikely to meet the terms set by the International Monetary Fund for getting new funds, Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda said on Wednesday, because they will campaigning for October’s general election.
An IMF mission arrived in Bosnia last week to review the country’s progress in fulfilling the terms of a two-year agreement, which could provide Bosnia with as much as 380 million euros (301 million pounds). Two-thirds of that has already been disbursed.
ZENICA, Bosnia, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Up to five Bosnian miners
were feared dead on Friday after a rock burst left them trapped,
colleagues and rescuers said, as emergency teams helped nearly
30 others reach the surface to end an 18-hour ordeal
The manager of the Raspotocje mine, Esad Civic, said 29 had
been rescued, among 34 who had been trapped half a kilometre
below the surface after an earthquake on Thursday afternoon.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian police detained 16 people on Wednesday on charges of financing terrorist activities, recruiting and fighting for radical groups in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.
The arrests were made in 17 raids by a combined 200 police across the Balkan country, the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) said in a statement.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Two Gaza directors won an award at Sarajevo’s film festival, though the conflict raging in their home stopped one of them from coming to receive his part of the prize, said organizers.
Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi shared a 7,000-pound (8,700-euro) bursary at the event late on Thursday, where British director Ken Loach praised their work and “courage to resist”.
SARAJEVO, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A group of Balkan experts have
launched a high-tech project to digitise Bosnia’s historical
archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last
century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of
The project promises to make available online a host of
records and papers detailing Bosnia’s turbulent past, most
notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo
assassination that triggered World War One.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Police in Bosnia searched on Friday for two people swept away during the second bout of torrential rainfall since May, when the Balkans were hit by the worst floods in more than a century.
The body of a woman was recovered on Thursday from the muddy bank of a river in northwestern Bosnia, and two people were listed as missing, police said.
KOZARAC Bosnia (Reuters) – The remains of 284 victims of the Bosnian war were laid to rest on Sunday having been unearthed from what is believed to be the largest mass grave of Europe’s worst conflict since World War Two.
Thousands of relatives from Bosnia and across Europe gathered in collective Islamic prayer for the mainly Muslim Bosniak victims, including 21 members of the same family, on a soccer field in the northwestern town of Kozarac.
SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Serbs in Bosnia unveiled a statue on Friday of the man who shot dead the heir to the Habsburg throne a century ago, thumbing their nose at the country’s official commemoration of the act that triggered World War One.
The 2-metre (6.6 feet) bronze statue of Gavrilo Princip, unveiled by the Serb member of Bosnia’s tripartite presidency, underscored the gulf between Bosnia’s Serbs, Croats and Muslim Bosniaks in how they view the assassination that lit the fuse for the Great War.
VISEGRAD/SARAJEVO Bosnia (Reuters) – Two concerts in two Bosnian cities will mark the 100th anniversary on Saturday of the Sarajevo assassination that lit the fuse for World War One, in a divided country where the past still haunts the present.
The separate events speak volumes to Bosnia a century on, where perceptions of the Bosnian Serb who gunned down Archduke Franz Ferdinand have been warped by time and politics, and wounds are still raw from the bloody demise of Yugoslavia.