Daily Survey

Belgrade, July 23, 2012


SERBIA

JEREMIC PLEDGES NOT TO BETRAY TRUST VESTED IN HIM

BELGRADE, July 22 (Tanjug) - Outgoing Foreign Minister of Serbia Vuk Jeremic has said that no one should fear that he will not justify the responsibility vested in him by those who elected him the new chair of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in a completely fair way and with strict adherence to the UN Charter and rules.
"In a rather clear way, they (the UN documents) also define procedures by which membership is being realized there, and I fear that they are not particularly favorable to the secessionist territories such as Kosovo and Metohija," Jeremic said in his reply to Saturday's comment passed by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, who said that Jeremic's statement regarding possible attempts of Kosovo to join the UN during the Serbian ChairmanshipinOffice of the UN General Assembly was perhaps "inappropriate."
Jeremic stated recently that Kosovo could only enter the UN over his dead body.
Josipovic also said that Jeremic should have should discriminate between the roles he had as the president of the UN General Assembly and as a local politician. "I do not doubt that Ivo Josipovic has the best intentions and that he is looking forward to Serbia's chairing the UN General Assembly," Jeremic said.
"There is no reason for him (Josipovic) to fear that we will not fully justify the responsibility entrusted to us through a majority of votes of the humanity by chairing (UNGA) in a completely fair way and with strict adherence to the UN Charter and other rules of this most important international organization," Jeremic said in a statement delivered to Tanjug.

IVANOVIC: PRIVATIZATION IN NORTHERN KOSOVO MUST BE PREVENTED

BELGRADE, July 22 (Tanjug, B92) - Ministry for Kosovo State Secretary Oliver Ivanovic says that Kosovo's privatization agency planned to privatize enterprises in the north of the province.
Oliver Ivanovic (Tanjug, file)He stressed that the companies were built solely with money from Serbia and added that Serbia needed to prevent it from happening.
He told Tanjug that through plans to privatize two Serbian enterprise operating in the north, Priština "wants to reinforce its position ahead of the negotiations on the north, which are inevitable," adding that such moves by Priština were making the talks absurd.
"Such a move is absolutely unacceptable because the two factories, as well as some other ones that have are already been privatized, were created by the Republic of Serbia by its own funds," Ivanovic pointed out.
"Serbia must prevent this from happening," said the state secretary, adding that, in case the privatization occurred after all, the Serb population in the north could be expected to react.
Tanjug has learned that the Kosovo Privatization Agency is in October planning to invite prospective buyers to offer bids to purchase the two enterprises, which have a majority Serb workforce.
The Kosovo Privatization Agency intends to sell PPT, a joint bearings factory from Leposavic, a small northern Kosovo town, and LolaFot, a parts, components and machinery factory producer located in Lešak, Leposavic municipality, without the consent of the owners of these enterprises.
Both factories are socially owned and employ mostly Serbs.
The Priština authorities have privatized near half of the 1,358 Serbian companies in Kosovo and the issue should be one of the topics of the technical dialogue between Priština and Belgrade in Brussels.
According to UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the property is controlled by UNMIK, rather than by the Albanian institutions.
According to data from 1998, about 78,000 Serbs were employed in the public enterprises in Kosovo but no worker of Serbian nationality has been allowed to exercise their right to acquire a stake in the privatizations.