Belgrade, January 13, 2012
EP: GIVE SERBIA CANDIDATE STATUS, TALKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
BRUSSELS, Jan. 12 (Beta) - In the European Parliament (EP) on Jan. 12 the opinion that European Union leaders should grant Serbia candidate status was supported, alongside requests that accession talks also begin as soon as possible, firstly on the chapters on the rule of law and the judiciary.
This was underlined by almost all the MPs who, on the EP Committee for Foreign Affairs, had discussed the draft resolution which requires that the European Council give the "green light" to Serbia's EU candidacy, "on the assumption that the Serbian authorities will have by then met the conditions set at the meeting of EU leaders in December 2011."
MP Jelko Kacin, EP rapporteur for Serbia, underlined that Serbia had mostly met all of the key objectives through implemented reforms, full cooperation with the Hague tribunal and dialogue with Pristina, which was also pointed out by the European Commission in its favorable opinion on Serbia's progress.
Kacin said that Serbia also faced challenges in the region, especially as far as Kosovo was concerned, but that some progress had been made because one year ago there had been no dialogue at all between Belgrade and Pristina.
The EP Parliament's resolution on Serbia should be approved after two more discussions, at the plenary session at the beginning of March, one week before the EU leaders possibly decide to grant Serbia candidate status.
AGREEMENT BETWEEN SERBIAN AND RUSSIAN STATE PROSECUTORS
MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (Beta) - The Serbian state prosecutor, Zagorka Dolovac, and the Russian general prosecutor, Yuri Chaika, signed an agreement on cooperation between the two prosecutors' offices in Moscow on Jan. 12.
The agreement envisages intense cooperation in the fight against organized crime, terrorism, corruption, extremism, trafficking of weapons and narcotics, hightechnology crime and other serious crimes.
According to unofficial information learned by BETA, it was announced that Dolovac and Chaika will discuss the asylum status of Mirjana Markovic and Marko Milosevic in Russia, and further steps in this regard, considering that Serbia will not give up on the criminal prosecution of the wife and son of the former Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic,
The republic prosecutor is paying a two-day visit to Moscow, on the occasion of 290 years since the founding of the Russian prosecutor's office. It was also announced that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will receive her.
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
NEDELJKOVIC: PRISTINA'S DECISION COULD REERECT BARRICADES
ZVECAN, Jan. 12 (Tanjug) - The chief of the Kosovska Mitrovica District, Radenko Nedeljkovic, has warned that the situation in northern Kosovo might deteriorate, the barricades could be reerected and KFOR's freedom of movement limited, if the alternative line towards central Serbia is closed for trucks that carry more than 3.5 tons. In an interview to TV Most from Zvecan, Nedeljkovic said that he was concerned over the decision, which KFOR representatives informed the heads of local authorities about on Jan. 11, allowing the imports of goods from Serbia by trucks that carry up to 3.5 tons, i.e. that only automobiles and vans will be allowed through the crossing.
"We will not allow the sealing of the alternative line, because I am convinced their goal is to direct trucks to Jarinje and Brnjak and to help Pristina to start using its customs stamp, to acknowledge the situation in the field, and proclaim borders and border crossings," Nedeljkovic estimated.
KOSOVO GOVT BANS KARADJORDJEVIC AND DJELIC VISIT
PRISTINA, Jan.13 (Tanjug) - Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci denied the request of Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katarina and former deputy prime minister in the Serbian government Bozidar Djelic to visit Serbian monasteries in Kosovo.
The Karadjordjevices and Djelic intended to visit the Pec Patriarchate and the Visoki Decani monastery, Radio Television of Kosovo reported.
The television's source said the decision was made as a sign of reciprocity after Kosovo's Minister for Diaspora Ibrahim Makoli was not allowed to visit Bujanovac and Presevo in southern Serbia on Thursday.
KOSOVO MINISTER FOR DIASPORA RETURNED FROM KONCULJ
BELGRADE, Jan 12 (Tanjug) - Kosovo Minister for the Diaspora Ibrahim Makolli did not visit the municipalities of Bujanovac and Presevo on Thursday as announced because he decided to return to Pristina after his journey was interrupted at the Konculj administrative crossing, while Albanians from southern Serbia claim that he was forced to return.
The Serbian Interior Ministry (MUP) told Tanjug that Makolli was intercepted in Konculj in the Ground Safety Zone, where he was told that he would have to wait for all necessary checks to be carried out, upon which he decided to return to Pristina.
Serbian State Secretary for Kosovo Metohija Oliver Ivanovic told Tanjug that Makolli, just like any other Kosovo citizen, has the right to enter central Serbia if they hold documents issued by the Republic of Serbia or Pristina, as defined in the agreement on freedom of movement reached in Brussels and relevant decrees of the Serbian government, the implementation of which falls under MUP's charge.
Head of Belgrade's negotiating team in the dialogue with Pristina Borislav Stefanovic stated in an interview for Tanjug that Makolli's announcement that he would meet with mayors of Bujanovac and Presevo and the president of the Albanian National Council implies that the visit was not supposed to be a private one and that its true purpose was to exert political influence in order to present Albanians in southern Serbia as the Diaspora of the so-called Republic of Kosovo.
This is a scandal which was caused by the Interior Ministry and the Serbian government, leader of the Party for Democratic Action Riza Halimi told reporters.
He noted that he talked with top government officials from Belgrade on Wednesday and that they said that they still have no definite stand. Halimi said that he was also told that the visit of Pristina officials was not a topic discussed in the dialogue in Brussels, which is why the government does not have a definite stand on the visit.
If this logic persists, then Serbia stands a poor chance of winning the EU candidate status in February or March, Halimi stated.
The move showed that the Belgrade government is not willing for Serbia's EU path, stated Halimi, who also hold the position of Serbian MP.
Bujanovac mayor Saip Kamberi, who was supposed to be Makolli's first host, stated that this was a political scandal orchestrated by the Serbian government via the Interior Ministry and added the agreement on freedom of movement was violated.
According to the announcement of Makolli's visit which was posted on internet portal presheva.com, the Kosovo minister was supposed to meet with representatives of Bujanovac and Presevo and the National Council of Albanians, and to talk to the families of killed members of the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac which caused the armed clashes early in the 90's.
Halimi denied the allegation in a statement for Tanjug on Thursday.