Balkans: Turks Turn On America


October 13, 2007: The Bosnian government reported that 1.02 million people have been returned to their homes in Bosnia since the December 1995 peace accords took effect. Some 741,000 people have returned to the Muslim-Croat Federation territory, and 258,000 to the Republika Srpska, while 21,000 people have resettled in Brcko (which is a special district).

October 11, 2007: It is diplomatic action for "extreme anger." The Turkish government told its ambassador to the US to return to Turkey "for consultations." The Turkish government is outraged that a US House of Representatives committee approved a resolution which calls the World War One killings of Armenians a "genocide." This is a really touchy issue in Turkey, where the killings are considered the fault of the old Ottoman imperial government, which was replaced in the 1920s by a radically new republican government. Moreover, the killings are seen by most Turks as part of a civil war in which many ethnic Turks died as well.

October 8, 2007: Two TV stations in Serbia's Sandzak region were "disrupted" by attacks by "masked men." The attacks were related to a political dispute among Serbian Muslims that broke out after five Muslim leaders said they intended to "depose" Serbia's senior Muslim imam because "he had politicized" Serbia's Muslims.

September 26, 2007: The International Red Cross reported that 17,882 people are still listed as "missing" in the various Yugoslav "wars of devolution." This includes the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, with 13, 500 of the missing in Bosnia. The Serbia-Croatia war (1991-95) has 2,386 listed as missing. Kosovo has 2,047.




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