Belgrade, April 2, 2012
SERBIA - K&M
BOGDANOVIC SAYS LOCAL VOTE IN KOSOVO NOT LIKELY
BELGRADE, March 31 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Kosovo and Metohija Goran Bogdanovic said today that in all likelihood local elections in Kosovo will not be held.
"We do not want to violate Resolution 1244 and most likely will not organize local elections in Kosovo and Metohija," Bogdanovic told TV B92.
Bogdanovic said that it was in the state's interest to hold local and parliamentary elections in Kosovo, but that this would lead to "major tensions, chiefly during local elections." He stressed that the international community and Pristina were not inclined to having a parliamentary and presidential election held in Kosovo.
"We can't go organizing an election in Kosovo without help from the international community. We don't want to violate Resolution 1244," Bogdanovic added.
The minister said earlier that not holding local elections in Kosovo would not lead to the end of Serbian institutions and that the international presence was responsible for the situation on the ground which UNMIK was pointing to.
Earlier on March 31 in Novi Sad, Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic said that the government was negotiating with UNMIK on whether and which election will be held in Kosovo.
IVANOVIC: MUNICIPAL COUNCILS IF NO LOCAL ELECTIONS
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, April 02 (Tanjug) - State Secretary at the Serbian Ministry for Kosovo Metohija (KiM) Oliver Ivanovic said Sunday that forming interim municipal councils could be an alternative in case no Serbian local elections be held in Kosovo.
A decision about the elections might be reached next week, he added.
Ivanovic cautioned that a negative response by the UN, EU or other respected international organizations regarding the holding of the local elections in Kosovo might be interpreted by the Kosovo Interior ministry as a call to "send police, arrest persons who have election materials with them, close polling stations and detain people."
"The greatest danger lies in the fact that that we are holding the parliamentary elections at the same time, and if we happen not to be in a position to deliver the materials for the local elections, we will be prevented from bringing the materials for the parliamentary elections as well, and they will also be closing polling stations with all the consequences that may arise," Ivanovic pointed out.
SERBIA ARRESTS TWO KOSOVO POLICE OFFICERS
BELGRADE, March 31 (Beta) - Two armed members of the Kosovo Police Service were arrested early on March 31 near Merdare, Serbia proper, Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic has said.
Dacic said the detainees were wearing uniforms and carrying handguns, automatic rifles and specialized distancemeasuring and nightvision equipment.
The government of Kosovo and President Atifete Jahjaga denounced the arrest of the two Kosovo police officers and asked for their immediate release by Serbia.
"This cowardly act by the government of Serbia is contrary to the European principle of good neighborship and regional cooperation, and flies in the face of agreements between Kosovo and Serbia which were brokered by the EU and the U.S," the Cabinet said in a March 31 press release, adding that "this questions relations between our two countries."
Jahjaga stated that said conduct was punishable and also that it could no longer be tolerated.
She called on Serbia to honor agreements reached in the dialog, and called on international institutions to force Serbia to "respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Kosovo" and observe international laws and border rules.
MAIN EXPORTS PARTNER GERMANY, IMPORTS RUSSIA
BELGRADE, April 02 (Tanjug) Serbia's main exports partner over the past two months was Germany, to which Serbia exported USD 191.9 million worth of goods, while its main import partner was the Russian Federation, from which Serbia imported goods worth USD 431.3 million, according to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia.
Other major partners in trade were Italy with USD 154.4 million and Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) with USD 119.3 million. The major imports partners following Russia were Germany with USD 273.8 million and China with USD 214.5 million.
Serbia recorded the biggest volume of trade with the countries with which it has signed free trade agreements. EU member states made up for more than half of the trade volume.
The second most important Serbia's partner were the CEFTA countries, where Serbia has a surplus of USD 116.4 million, with exports of agricultural products and iron and steel.
Serbia realized the greatest surplus with Montenegro, which is followed by the results in the trade with BiH and Macedonia. The biggest deficit was recorded in the trade with the Russian Federation, mainly due to the imports of oil and gas. China, Hungary and Germany are the countries next in the trade deficit list.
According to the divisions of the Standard International Trade Classification, the greatest exports were realized with electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances USD 107 million, nonferrous metals 101 million, cereals and cereal preparations 96 million, iron and steel 79 million and articles of apparel and clothing accessories 70 million.
The first five divisions with the greatest imports share were gas, natural and manufactured USD 288 million, petroleum, petroleum products and related materials 230 million, road vehicles 140 million, electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances 122 million, and medicinal and pharmaceutical products 96 million.
Unclassified goods, which now include goods in the customs warehouse, participate in the total imports by 7.8 percent.