Belgrade, June 19, 2012
NIKOLIC CALLS FOR URGENT INVESTIGATION
BELGRADE, June 18 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic said on Monday he regretted the tragedy at the Pasuljanske Livade military range, near Cuprija, central Serbia, in which two fourth-year cadets of the Military Academy died and seven others were injured, and he called on the authorities to investigate and find those responsible.The president sent telegrams of condolences to the families of the two victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. Everything should be done in order to prevent a tragedy like the one on Monday from repeating ever again inside a facility of the Serbian Armed Forces, Nikolic stressed.Two cadets of the Military Academy died on Monday in an explosion at the Pasuljanske Livade range, while two were seriously and five lightly injured, the Serbian Defence Ministry has stated. The accident happened at around 9 a.m. CET, when an old 30 mm grenade one of the cadets had found exploded. The explosion occurred during preparations for the final exercise for fourth year cadets entitled Diplomac 2012.
NIKOLIC VISITS INJURED CADETS
BELGRADE, June 18 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic visited at the Military Medical Academy (VMA) on Monday the cadets injured in the grenade explosion at the Pasuljanske Livade military range, near Cuprija, central Serbia.Nikolic arrived at the VMA at around 2 p.m. CET and was welcomed by Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac, Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Ljubisa Dikovic and VMA head Marjan Novakovic. Nikolic will not be giving statements after he visits the injured, reporters were told.Two cadets of the Military Academy died on Monday in an explosion at the Pasuljanske Livade range, while two were seriously and five lightly injured, the Serbian Defence Ministry has stated. The accident happened at around 9 a.m. CET, when an old 30 mm grenade one of the cadets had found exploded. The explosion occurred during preparations for the final exercise for fourth year cadets entitled Diplomac 2012.Sutanovac visited the injured earlier and said that the circumstances of the accident had not been determined yet, but that he would insist on finding those responsible. Novakovic stated that the patients brought to the VMA from Cuprija were not in a life-threatening condition, adding that the two seriously injured had chest injuries.Those with serious wounds received first aid in Cuprija and their condition is stable, while the other two cadets, who were brought in to the VMA at around 1 p.m. CET, have light injuries caused by shrapnel at a number of locations on their body, but their lives are not at risk, Novakovic pointed out.
MINISTER: EVERYTHING IS NOW MISUSED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES
BELGRADE, June 19 (Tanjug) –The EU has laid down three new conditions for the start of accession talks before Serbia, according to daily Politika, while Minister for Kosovo Bogdanovic says that no new conditions were set out, either officially or unofficially.Citing unofficial sources in Belgrade, Politika reported that Slovak Foreign Minister and Envoy of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Miroslav Lajcak, had recently set down three new requirements before the Serbian authorities.In addition to demanding the abolition of the institutions in the north of Kosovo (excluding schools, health-care centers and hospitals), he sought Belgrade's and Pristina's mutual opening of offices in the two cities, and a top level Belgrade-Pristina summit, said the newspaper, adding that the EU has even sought from Serbia to abolish the court in Kosovska Mitrovica and to introduce a special telephone number for Kosovo.Politika said that the Socialist Party of Serbia leader Ivica Dacic had stated in public that the new Serbian government was expected to open its office in Pristina.Also, Minister for Kosovo and Metohija Goran Bogdanovic has told Vecernje Novosti, another Belgrade-based daily, that he maintains "daily contacts with representatives of the international community, the EU and other institutions and nobody has ever imposed such a condition on us.""We have not touched on the topic, neither officially nor unofficially. I am afraid that everything is now misused for political purposes in the government forming process, including the Kosovo issue," he said, adding that he does not know "whether anyone made it clear in informal contacts that they would agree to open an office in Pristina."Bogdanovic said that "no future government should accept the demand for Belgrade to open its office in Pristina, because it would be a de facto recognition of Kosovo," adding that he had not heard of any such requirement."I cannot even guess about what anyone might have been arranging and promising between themselves. Our government did not do any such thing. Let me reiterate that such a move would be an indirect recognition of Kosovo. This would be contrary not only to the state policy but also to the attitude of most UN member countries," he said.When asked what might the new "heavy package" of Brussels' conditions that has been speculated about be like, Bogdanovic said it was no secret that Serbia was pressurized to abolish its institutions in the north of Kosovo and to cease to finance that part of the state's territory.The demand is not new, said Bogdanovic, adding that the Kosovo Albanians have been demanding a telephone country code for over a year now."We are ready to make compromises and concessions in the technical dialogue. But I am aginst Kosovo getting a country code and our attitude has not changed. I believe that a future government will abide by this position further in the negotiations," he said.
NIKOLIC AND GUL TO PRESIDE OVER SUMMIT IN ISTANBUL
BELGRADE, June 19 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic will co-chair the Summit of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) in Istanbul next Tuesday, together with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.As Tanjug learnt at the Serbian Presidency, Nikolic will depart for the capital of Turkey upon returning from Brazil - where he will attend United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20 as of Wednesday.The summit in Istanbul, scheduled for June 26, will be dedicated to BSEC's 20th anniversary, and Serbia is presiding over the organization from January 1 to July 1, when Turkey will assume the presidency.Nikolic will use his visit to Turkey for a number of bilateral meetings with Turkish officials and BSEC member countries.The BSEC was founded in Istanbul on June 25, 1992, at a summit of 11 countries (Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova, Greece, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia and Albania), and Serbia became its member in 2004.At last week's BSEC ministerial meeting, held in Belgrade, the participants voiced hope that governments will use the meeting for strengthening the organization's role as a mechanism for economic cooperation in this part of the world.
MARTY'S TESTIMONY IN MEDICUS CASE GETS POSTPONED
PRISTINA, June 18 (Tanjug) –The testimony of former Swiss senator and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Dick Marty in the Medicus case trial in Pristina, due on Monday, was postponed until September, EULEX spokeswoman Irina Gudeljevic has told Tanjug.Marty, who in 2010 passed a report containing allegations about trafficking in human organs in Kosovo to the Council of Europe (CoE), was supposed to testify in a trial before the Pristina District Court concerning charges of illegal kidney transplants at Pristina's Medicus clinic.At a hearing on April 4, the District Court accepted the request by EULEX prosecutor Jonathan Ratel for the Council of Europe rapporteur on trafficking in human organs to testify at the trial.The defense objected to the calling of new witnesses, especially of experts who are part of the EULEX mission in Kosovo, as they believe that EULEX related officials are biased.EULEX has repeatedly stated it suspects that illegal organ transplants at the Medicus clinic have nothing to do with Dick Marty's report on trafficking in human organs in Albania during the Kosovo conflict.