Belgrade, June 13, 2012
U.S. WANTS TO COOPERATE WITH NIKOLIC ON INTEGRATION
WASHINGTON, June 12 (Tanjug) –The United States wants to cooperate with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic on Serbia's continued integration into the EU and on solving the remaining open išues with Kosovo, said Victoria Nuland, the spokeswoman for the State Department. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Nikolic shortly after his inauguration to congratulate him on his election and tell him the U.S. wants to cooperate with him, Nuland told a Tanjug correspondent.In their conversation, Clinton underlined that the fundamental interest was for Serbia to continue its path toward the EU and establish open and transparent relations with Kosovo, Nuland said.Our mešage is that we want to cooperate with the new president and see Serbia continue its European integration and work on solving the remaining open išues with Kosovo, said the State Department spokeswoman.
STANO: KOSOVO RECOGNITION IS NOT CONDITION FOR EU
BRUSSELS, June 12 (Tanjug) –Peter Stano, spokesperson of the EU Enlargement Commissioner, confirmed that the recognition of Kosovo's independence is not a condition for Serbia's EU accession process.This was Stano's response to the question whether his earlier statement that Serbia is not requested to recognize Kosovo is only the position of the European Commission or the EU member states as well, most of which have recognized Kosovo.After the remark that certain EU members' unofficial position is not to allow Serbia to join the EU until it recognizes Kosovo, Stano said that the recognition of Kosovo was never formulated as a request for Serbia's EU accession.I do not wish to comment on various views of what the EU member states discuss among themselves, Stano stressed, adding that EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele clearly stated the EU's position on this issue during his yesterday's visit to Belgrade on the occasion of the inauguration of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic.Fuele stated yesterday that Serbia's top priority on the EU pathway is to achieve visible and sustainable progress in relations with Kosovo.
KOSOVO & METOHIJA
VUJANOVIC'S SIGNATURE NOT NEEDED TO OPEN EMBASSY
PODGORICA, June 12 (Tanjug) –The Montenegrin government does not need a letter of credence signed by President Filip Vujanovic to open an embassy in Pristina because the diplomatic mission can be created at the level of charge d'affaires, Minister of Foreign Affairs and EU Integration Milan Rocen said.Commenting on a recent statement by Vujanovic, who said he remains by the position that there would be no exchange of ambassadors until the status of Montenegrins in Kosovo is resolved, Rocen said that he hopes the mission will be opened anyway, media from Podgorica reported."As far as the government is concerned, to open an embassy we do not need the president to sign the letters of credence, we can open an embassy at the charge d'affaires level. But I believe that it will not have to happen this way," Rocen said after a meeting he had with Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Vesna Pusic.Rocen noted that Pristina recently adopted a law guaranteeing minority rights to the Montenegrin community in Kosovo.I think that the preconditions Vujanovic insisted on were met by the act, said Rocen.Asked whether this means that an embassy will be opened despite Vujanovic's is opposed to the idea, Rocen said that he "would not call it an opposition.""He just stated that he will not sign the letters, he does not oppose to the opening of the embassy. He said what was in his competence," Rocen said.
NATO: WEAPONS CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTE FOR DIALOGUE
PRISTINA, June 12 (Tanjug) –Danish General Knud Bartels, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, has condemned the attacks on KFOR troops in northern Kosovo, stressing that "weapons can not be a substitute for dialogue."After a NATO Military Committee delegation's visit to KFOR, General Bartels condemned the violence that took place a few weeks ago. Firearms can never be a substitute for a constructive dialogue, no matter how difficult the situation may be, he said, adding that the general situation in the Kosovo north has progressed for the better after the events of the last summer.He urged for dialogue as a way of solving the problem in this part of Kosovo. Bartels said that the solution to the north crisis consists of the combination of dialogue as the main instrument and the use of KFOR's capacities when freedom of movement needs to be ensured.What we now need now is create opportunities to move forward through negotiations, said Bartels. KFOR will abide by its mandate and will support any kind of dialogue, he added.
MANDATE OF EULEX HEAD EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER
BRUSSELS, June 12 (Tanjug) –Head of EULEX Xavier de Marnhac, whose mandate is about to expire, will stay in office until mid November, Tanjug learned from the European Commission on Wednesday.The Political and Security Committee decided late Tuesday to extend De Marnhac's mandate in order to ensure continuity until the appointment of a new head of mission, Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, told Tanjug.The process of choosing De Marnhac's successor is already under way, said Kocijancic.
SERBIA – REGION
CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE DISCUSS REGIONAL COOPERATION
ZAGREB, June 12 (Tanjug) –Presidents of chambers of commerce from former Yugoslav countries are discussing enhancement of regional cooperation in the light of Croatia's EU accession at the 19th meeting of presidents of chambers of commerce in Zagreb on Tuesday.The aim of this years' meeting is to define courses of future cooperation, influence of Croatia's EU membership on the forthcoming economic relations between the countries that signed the CEFTA Agreement and the possibility which the region will get through Croatia's EU accession.Chairman of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Nadan Vidosevic recalled the successful activities of CEFTA which achieved the highest regional exchange back in 2008, before the start of the crisis.The crisis had the same influence on everyone, Vidosevic said and added that the EU enlargement process is taking too long because this part of Europe is perceived as too risky for the forthcoming market of 500 million citizens which is currently in a crisis.Participants at the meeting are heads of chambers of commerce from former Yugoslavia, including President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce Milos Bugarin and President of Vojvodina's Chamber of Commerce Ratko Filipovic.The meeting is also attended by representatives of the Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) Foreign Trade Chamber, Republika Sprska Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of commerce of the Federation of BiH, Montenegrin Chamber of Economy, Macedonian Economic Chamber and the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.