Daily Survey

Belgrade, July 11, 2012


SERBIA

JEREMIC: KOSOVO IN UN OVER MY DEAD BODY

BELGRADE, July 11 (Tanjug) - Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said Wednesday that Kosovo applying for membership in the United Nations during his upcoming presidency of the UN General Assembly would be an act of pointless provocation, which he would not allow.
"As long as Serbia presides over the UN, for the next year, this could happen only over my dead body," Jeremic told a news conference after a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis.
He expressed hope the application would not be filed.
Two UN Security Council member countries with right of veto have a clear position on Kosovo, just like Serbia, which is that Kosovo is not a country and cannot become a member of the world organization, Jeremic recalled.

NIKOLIC: EU ACCESSION IS SERBIA'S STRATEGIC GOAL

BELGRADE, July 11 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said Wednesday in a meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis that EU accession was Serbia's strategic goal because it guaranteed new opportunities for the development of the country's economy.
Nikolic said Serbia needed to get an EU accession date in the near future.
Marcoullis said Serbia was a very important country in the Balkans region and expressed hope progress in its EU accession process would come as early as December, Nikolic's office said in a release.
The visit to Belgrade is the foreign minister's first trip abroad since Cyprus took over the presidency of the EU on July 1.
Earlier today, Marcoullis met with Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, and during the day she will also confer with prime ministerelect Ivica Dacic and former president and Democratic Party (DS) leader Boris Tadic.

NIKOLIC: CONSENSUS NEEDED THAT KOSOVO IS SERBIAN

ZRENJANIN, July 10 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said Tuesday that Serbia needed a consensus on Kosovo, meaning a united stance regarding the extent to which the interim institutions in Pristina can govern and what borders Serbia can stand behind.
"I think I will never again be president in Pristina, but the president of the interim authorities in Pristina will also never be president in Kosovska Mitrovica," he told reporters while visiting the village of Melenci in northeastern Serbia. According to Nikolic, the state needs to reach a consensus on "what Kosovo is" and how it will treat it.
He also stressed that Serbia needed a united stance regarding the extent to which the interim institutions in Pristina can govern, what borders Serbia could stand behind, and how it would react in case of unpleasant incidents indicating that the Pristina institutions wanted to exercise their authority in the entire province.
Nikolic added that the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, Serb enclaves and the four Serb municipalities in the north in relation to the Pristina authorities needed to be determined, as well as Serbia's stance at international conferences and the conditions under which it would take part.
We need to decide that "Kosovo is ours and the government and the opposition need to take a united stand, because this is the only way we can be strong."
Asked whether there were new conditions related to Kosovo, Nikolic said that the expectation that Serbia would establish good relations with its neighboring state of Kosovo was already in the air.
"They do not need to draw things for us or tell us anything else," he said.
Those who have recognized Kosovo's independence want it to be full, noted Nikolic, adding that "we who do not accept this, and who have been elected by the people, never want this to come to pass."
"If we remain miles apart, the talks will be fruitless," he said, adding it was important for the two sides to sit down and try to bring their positions closer together.

NIKOLIC'S STATEMENT IS WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO STATUS

BELGRADE, July 10 (Tanjug) - The Serbian presidency released on Tuesday that the statement of President Tomislav Nikolic who said that he does not believe he would ever be recognised as the president in Pristina, just as the president of the Pristina interim government would never be recognised as such in Kosovska Mitrovica, does not anticipate a change in Kosovo's status or any territorial or party partitions.
Commenting on various media interpretations of Nikolic's statement, the Serbian presidency expressed the belief that this does not anticipate any changes in the status of the southern Serbian province or solution of open issues, but neither does it deny the fact that Serbia is not performing its state functions in the territory at the moment, the president's press service stated.
The Serbian president wants all relevant political forces in Serbia to reach a consensus as regards the Kosovo Metohija issue since this is one of the most important issues in the country and its resolution calls for a detailed and essential revision of all problems so that different interpretations or any vague points could be avoided in the future, the presidency believes.
This is why the government should be constituted as soon as possible so that the authorities could form the team that would continue the dialogue in the best interests of Serbia, primarily Serbs and other nonAlbanians in Kosovo Metohija.

IVANOVIC: OFFICE COULD RAISE TENSION

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, July 10 (Tanjug) - Serbia's State Secretary for Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic said on Tuesday that the start of operation of the Kosovo government administrative office in Kosovska Mitrovica could only raise tension.
The establishment of the office will only make the situation worse and will not help find a solution, which has to be reached through talks between Pristina and Belgrade, he told Tanjug.
"I expect things to get worse mostly in the sense of hightened tension and possible conflicts between Serbs and ethnic Albanians moving through Bosnjacka Mahala with intention of reaching the office, or simply being near the building," Ivanovic noted.
Tensions can always escalate into incidents, which is never desirable, he stated.
Ivanovic feels the Serb community, which is accustomed to doing their administration related business at the UNMIK office, will now turn to the Serbian administration and get all the necessary documents there.
An administrative office of the Kosovo government was opened in Bosnjacka Mahala, an area in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, on Tuesday.