Daily Survey

Belgrade, July 18, 2012


SERBIA

JEREMIC: STRATEGIC TIES WITH CHINA CONFIRMED

BEIJING, July 17 (Tanjug) - The relations between Serbia and China are strategic in nature, and will continue to strengthen even after the change of leadership in Belgrade and Beijing, Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said in Beijing on Tuesday.
In a statement to Tanjug, Jeremic said that he had talked with China's senior officials on Monday and Tuesday about prospects for holding a summit between China and Central and Southeastern Europe in Belgrade next year. "That would be a significant event for our country, which would reinforce its position as China's main partner in our part of the world. In the circumstances of the global economic crisis, that could have an excellent effect on our economy," Jeremic said in a phone conversation with a Tanjug journalist.
Jeremic underlined that the Serbian delegation was received at the highest level in Beijing, referring to the meetings with the incumbent Vice President and the next president of China Xi Jinping, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Serbia and China will continue to support each other on the international scene, and China will stick to its stand that it does not recognize Kosovo's independence, Jeremic said.
A large part of the talks was dedicated to the priorities of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly, Jeremic said. The Serbian foreign minister was elected as the President of the UN General Assembly in June. He announced earlier that before the opening of 67th session in September, the consultations would be held with the most powerful UN member states. China is a UN member state, and one of the five vetowielding permanent members of the UN Security Council.
Xi Jinping extended sincere congratulations to Jeremic, and added that his election confirms a great reputation that Serbia and the minister himself enjoy in the international community. "China is one of the most active, and of course, the most important members of the organization. We had an opportunity to hear the Chinese stand on global issues, and discussed the way in which we will cooperate during Serbia's presidency of the UN General Assembly," Jeremic said.

KHAJI AND NIKOLIC ON NONALIGNED MOVEMENT

BELGRADE, July 17 (Tanjug) - Ali Asghar Khaji, a special envoy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said Tuesday that he had had constructive and substantive talks with Serbian officials of interest to both countries and that he had invited Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to a summit of Nonaligned Movement countries in Tehran.
In a statement for Tanjug, Khaji, who is visiting Belgrade for the first time, said that the biggest portion of his talks with Serbian officials was dedicated to the Nonaligned Movement and the upcoming summit, and noted that he and Nikolic has voiced similar views.
He said they had agreed that the organization should play an important role at a time important events were taking place in the international community.
Iran will take over the presidency of the Nonaligned Movement in August.
The movement must play its role in these important events. The issues of international peace and stability are very important and this organization, second in size after the United Nations, must have an important role, believes Khaji.
Khaji, who is serving as a deputy foreign minister, and Nikolic also discussed the overall development of relations between the two countries.
We agreed that both sides have potential for cooperation and expressed hope that the cooperation would continue after the formation of the new government, said Khaji.
Asked where he saw room for improvement in the relations between Iran and the international community, considering the conflicting positions on Iran's nuclear program, Khaji noted that all diplomats, him included, wanted to be optimistic, but that this issue was a simple one. He recalled that Iran had signed the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons and was therefore obligated to follow all of its provisions.
We have proven this several times to date, said Khaji, adding that Iran's goals boiled down to the motto of a conference it had held "Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none."
Along with the obligations, we also have some rights which we benefit from, said Khaji, pointing out Iran was prepared to clear up any potential misgivings Western countries had about its nuclear program, even though it had already done so on multiple occasions.
Recalling that a new round of talks with the EU regarding this issue would take place July 24, Khaji said he expected a constructive approach and noted that everything could be resolved easily as long as the other side was committed and willing.
According to Khaji, the attempts of Western countries to force Iran to renounce its legitimate rights through use of pressure and sanctions were not leading closer to a solution and were a strategic mistake.
Asked to comment on accusations from Western countries that Iran was violating human rights, Khaji said he could not claim there were absolutely no problems in this regard, but that what Western countries were doing could be described as psychological warfare.
The basic goal of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was freedom for the people and fight against dictatorship. And it had the support of precisely those countries which are acting this way today. We care about living better tomorrow than we do today, Khaji said.
Some countries use the issue as a political instrument and have double standards and this is the worst strike against human rights, Khaji concluded.