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Yearbook 2018

Serbia. In February, the European Commission presented a new strategy for the Western Balkans. It is noted that Serbia and Montenegro in particular can become EU members as early as 2025 as they have come the longest in the EU process. However, it is noted that in that case "strong political will, genuine and lasting reforms and definitive solutions to the neighboring disputes" are required. What the European Commission thinks about Serbia is that it is not welcomed as long as it does not have a comprehensive and legally binding agreement on Kosovo.

2018 Serbia

According to Countryaah.com, Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladić appealed in March 2017 for his sentence from November 2017, when the UN War Criminal Tribunal sentenced him to life imprisonment for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Mladić was convicted, among other things, of the so-called Srebrenica massacre in 1995. In April, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić also appealed against his war crime sentence. He was sentenced in 2016 by the UN Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to 40 years in prison for crimes committed during the war in the Balkans.

Nationalist Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj was sentenced in April for war crimes by the Supreme Court of the United Nations. Šešelj led a paramilitary force in the 1990s that, with war propaganda and incitement against non-Serbs, would create a Greater Serbian kingdom. He was now given ten years in prison but released because he has already been detained in the UN Detention Center for twelve years.

In July, lawyer Dragoslav Ognjanović was murdered on an open street in the capital, Belgrade. He was one of the lawyers defending President Slobodan Milošević during his war crimes trial in the early 2000s.

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