Belgrade, April 9, 2012
CVETKOVIC: MAN IS SUPREME NATIONAL INTEREST
GRGURE, April 07 (Tanjug) - Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic stated Saturday, on the occasion of marking the 95th anniversary of the Toplica uprising, that modern Serbia has a chance only if regional peace is preserved and if strong political and economic ties with the world are established.
Pointing out that the uprising was an epopee of the libertarian spirit which left 20,000 people dead, Cvetkovic said that the real hero is the one who does everything possible to prevent such tragedies from happening ever again.
The largescale uprising broke out against Austro-Hungarian and Bulgarian military authorities in southern Serbia and the region of Kosovo, during WWI in 1917, but, despite initial successes, it was crushed in blood.
"This government has chosen the path of peace and dialogue with everyone with whom Serbia has open and controversial issues," Cvetkovic explained.
"Our mission is to preserve Serbia in both political and economic fields, to preserve peace and act in the interest of the citizens. We have launched the dialogue on Kosovo Metohija and this is the only way to provide survival for our people in the province," the prime minister noted.
This, as he put it, is a difficult task, full of temptations, whose fulfillment requires a lot of time and patience, but because of the responsibility before history and the future generations, it must not be given up.
"Serbia is a futureoriented country. We have chosen the path of peace and reconciliation, since it offers a chance for a dignified life of every citizen, speedier prosperity, cooperation and building a common future in the Balkans," Cvetkovic concluded.
U.S. GOVT. LAUDS SERBIA FOR FIGHT AGAINST CRIME
BELGRADE, April 06 (Tanjug) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Director Michele Leonhart expressed gratitude to the Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic for Serbia's commitment to partnership with the United States in the field of operational activities of security agencies, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement on Friday.
During her visit to Belgrade Friday, the DEA administrator met with Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic and a number of Serbian prosecutors and other officials.
The U.S. embassy said that the visit of the DEA administrator was evidence of solid bilateral relations in the field of law enforcement and shared commitment to investigating, raising charges and criminally prosecuting heads of international drug trafficking rings and organized criminal groups and their criminal networks.
The U.S. government lauds Serbia's successes in bringing drug traffickers and other criminals to justice, as well as the country's efforts to promote regional cooperation in the field of law enforcement, the statement reads.
The United States will continue offering assistance to Serbia on the country's path toward integration into the European Union, according to the statement.
Our assistance programs, support for the rule of law and commitment to international cooperation in the enforcement of laws bilaterally, regionally and globally, are contributing to that goal, the U.S. Embassy said.
DACIC: DEA OFFICIALS' VISIT TO BELGRADE HISTORIC
BELGRADE, April 06 (Tanjug) - Serbian Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic said that Friday's visit of Michele Leonhart, the Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is historic and that it followed an excellent cooperation.
It is the first time that such a high DEA delegation paid a visit to Belgrade, and this is yet another confirmation of the successful cooperation between the Serbian and U.S. institutions in the field of security, Dacic stated.
The cooperation has resulted in many successful antidrug operations, he said after a meeting with Leonhart, which was also attended by DEA Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan and DEA Regional Director for Europe and Africa Russell Benson.
Dacic pointed out that it has been agreed to maintain the cooperation in several fields, the first of which is operational cooperation at the level of information exchange.
We also agreed to continue with the existing operations, and the Serbian Ministry of Interior (MUP) is interested in the training of personnel in the field of forensics and expert testimony, he noted.
Dacic voiced belief that the MUP and the DEA will achieve a longterm goal opening of the agency's office in Belgrade.
On the occasion of their visit to Belgrade, the U.S. officials were given MUP's highest award "Jakov Nenadovic."
DEA DIRECTOR COMMENDS BELGRADE'S ENGAGEMENT
BELGRADE, April 06 (Tanjug) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Director Michele Leonhart stated on Friday evening that she is impressed by the leadership of Serbia's top officials in coordination of relevant bodies and cooperation with the DEA in combating drug trafficking in the region.
I had very productive meetings with Serbia's high officials. I am particularly impressed by the leadership of the Presidency and the National Security Council in coordination of all relevant ministries, primarily the Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Justice, the Security Information Agency (BIA), and the Prosecutor's Office in their joint effort to cooperate with DEA in the fight against regional drug trafficking, Leonhart told Tanjug.
The U.S. embassy said that the visit of the DEA administrator is evidence of solid bilateral relations in the field of law enforcement and shared commitment to investigating, raising charges and criminally prosecuting heads of international drug trafficking rings and organized criminal groups and their criminal networks.
OFFICIAL WANTS REACTION FROM ENVOYS IN PRIŠTINA
BELGRADE, April 09 (Beta, B92) - Ministry for Kosovo State Secretary Oliver Ivanovic has said that "western embassies in Priština" must react to the incidents taking place in Kosovo.
"The Kosovo authorities are not showing strong interests and willingness to control this type of thing, while it could also be that they cannot control it, because they are not strong enough to influence the behavior of their citizens," Beta news agency quoted Ivanovic as saying, and adding:
"However, international organizations and ambassadors have a much greater influence, and for that reason they need to react."
Ivanovic also told the state broadcaster RTS that the incidents were "likely connected to the May 6 elections in Serbia", but went on to observe that during the past 15 years, "the months of March and April have as a rule been delicate and suitable to create incidents where (ethnic) Albanians and Serbs took part".
According to him, "Serbia has full right to organize presidential and parliamentary elections in Kosovo, and that cannon be banned". As for local elections, scheduled for the same day "the decision not to hold them is not definitive yet, but it would be difficult to hold them without the participation of the international community", said Ivanovic.
SERBIA – ECONOMY, FINANCE
SERBIA-BIH AGRICULTURAL TRADE ACCELERATED
BELGRADE, April 07 (Tanjug) - Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH) signed Friday in Belgrade two protocols thanks to which the mutual trade in agrofood products will be facilitated and accelerated.
The documents were signed by Serbian Minister of Agriculture and Trade Dusan Petrovic and BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic.
The protocols envisage the mutual recognition of prescribed conditions on the processing of food and feed of plant and mixed origin, and the cooperation in the protection of plant health.
After the signing, Petrovic said that a new path for the trade between Serbia and BiH has been made, and that there will be less formality thanks to the mutual recognition of laboratory results of accredited institutions.
He also said that the protocols imply using the full capacity of the CEFTA agreement and that nontariff barriers will be removed.
Sarovic noted that this is a very important moment and that it represents the resumption of earlier agreements for overcoming nontariff barriers in the CEFTA region.
He pointed out that this way the bilateral cooperation will be fostered, and that the trade in food will be cheaper. Sarovic said that Croatia will become an EU member in a year, which will result in "certain security barriers" for the economies of Serbia and BiH.
AZERBAIJANI COMPANY TO BUILD E763 HIGHWAY
BELGRADE, April 08 (Tanjug) - Director of the Koridori Srbije company Mihajlo Misic inked Saturday evening with representatives of the Azerbaijani company Azvirt an agreement on construction of a E763 highway section through Serbia amounting to EUR 308 million.
Azvirt Director Kamil Aliyev said after the signing ceremony that he expects great help from Serbian companies and experts in construction works on the Ljig-Pozega section, stretching from Belgrade through western Serbia.
Workers, construction material, and equipment will mainly be from Serbia, he noted. Azerbaijani Ambassador to Serbia Eldar Hasanov said that Democratic Party (DS) presidential candidate Boris Tadic attended the signing of the agreement, and that he a friend of Azerbaijan and the initiator of this project.
In a short time, considerable progress was made in all areas, and the relations were raised to a higher level of strategic partnership. These are all practical results of work during your term of office as president, Hasanov said addressing Tadic.
He said that the two countries can look to future with certainty, adding that this was achieved through since and friendly relations between the two heads of state.
Azerbaijan granted an affordable loan of EUR 308 million for the construction of the E763 highway in Serbia to the period of 25 years.