Daily Survey

Belgrade, May 25, 2012


SERBIA

JEREMIC BELIEVES IN CHOICE OF SERBIA FOR UNGA CHAI

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said Thursday that after the elections in Serbia, it is very difficult to predict if Serbia's candidacy for president of the UN General Assembly will have support, but that he still believes it is possible.
The choice of the new president of the UN General Assembly will be difficult, said Jeremic and pointed out that the vote is secret and that it is difficult to predict the result, as experience from the second round of presidential elections in Serbia shows.
It is very difficult to assess, especially in this situation, the degree of support for Serbia at this moment to head the UN for a period of one year, but I still believe that this will be possible, Jeremic said.
Presidency of the UN General Assembly should go to one of the countries of Eastern Europe, and UN members should vote on June 8.
Serbia and Lithuania were nominated for this prestigious position.

LAJCAK: EU EXPECTS SERBIA TO FORM GOVERNMENT QUICKLY

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - The EU expects Serbia to quickly form a government, whose priority would be the EU integration process, Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said on Thursday, during a visit to Belgrade as an envoy of EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.
The EU wants a government which would have the ambition and strength to implement reforms, prioritize the EU integration process, take over the obligations of the previous government, and continue the talks with Pristina, Lajcak said after a meeting with Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic.
He specified that the goal of his visit to Belgrade was to learn about the atmosphere and situation in Serbia after the elections, adding that he would report his impressions to officials in Brussels. Commenting Serbia's presidential election, Lajcak, who is also the prime minister of Slovakia, underlined that the EU accepts and respects the election results.
Jeremic expressed belief that there will no change in Belgrade's policy regarding key foreign, regional and other issues. Noting that the priority of the previous government of Serbia was the EU integration process, which was fully supported by Slovakia, Jeremic said that he is certain that the future government of Serbia will also have Slovakia's understanding and support. Slovakia is one of Serbia's closest friends in the world and the two countries have high level of understanding in all key areas.

LAJCAK: NIKOLIC'S FIRST STOP AFTER INAUGURATION BRUSSELS

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who is on a visit to Belgrade as an envoy of Catherine Ashton, invited on Thursday Serbia's presidentelect Tomislav Nikolic to visit Brussels, and Nikolic, according to his own words, promised that Brussels would be his first stop after the inauguration.
During the news conference after a meeting with Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, Lajcak was asked to comment on Nikolic's trip to Moscow scheduled for Friday, where he will attend a congress of United Russia.
Nikolic is now in a situation where he is sending signals and creating first impressions about his actions as head of state, Lajcak responded, adding that Nikolic was aware of that.
Nikolic will attend the United Russia congress on May 26 and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Serbian Progressive Party told Tanjug earlier.
Nikolic was invited to attend the congress before he was elected president, as the head of a party that has a cooperation agreement with United Russia.

RIK RELEASES FINAL ELECTION RESULTS

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) release Thursday the final results of the presidential runoff held on May 20.
According to the results obtained from all polling stations, presidential candidate Tomislav Nikolic won 49.54 percent, and his contender Boris Tadic 47.31 percent of the vote. According to the final results, 1, 552,063 eligible voters cast their ballot for Nikolic, while 1,481,952 voted for Tadic.
The electoral register contained 6,752,351 Serbian citizens, 3,133,682 of whom went to the polls, that is 46.28 percent. There were 98,664 spoilt ballot papers, that is 3.15 percent.

PRESIDENT ELECT MEETS WITH U.S. AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - Newly elected President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic met Thursday with the U.S. Ambassador in Belgrade Mary Warlick, it was confirmed to Tanjug at the embassy.
As a matter of policy we do not comment on the content of these meetings, the embassy said. The sooner Serbia forms a government the sooner that government can begin working on its priorities, which we hope will include progress towards EU membership as well as in the Belgrade Pristina dialogue, the embassy said in a written statement.
The Ambassador and other embassy staff regularly meet with political leaders, as well as representatives from government, civil society, and the business sector, to discuss matters of mutual interest, the statement says.

BAN KI MOON CONGRATULATED NIKOLIC

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon Thursday congratulated Tomislav Nikolic on his victory in the Serbian presidential elections, the Serbian Progressive Party announced.
According to the SNS statement, Ban expressed hope that the election of Nikolic would lead Serbia into a new era of stability, prosperity and continued European integration.

CERN MEMBERSHIP PLACES SERBIA WHERE IT BELONGS

BELGRADE, May 24 (Tanjug) - By obtaining the status of an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Serbia went back to where it belongs, Swiss Ambassador to Serbia Erwin Helmut Hofer stated Thursday.
The ambassador said that the organization offers a possibility for students, scientists and researchers to join the world's best institutions.
Serbia has great scientific potential, smart and educated people to whom many doors and dimensions of highlevel science will be open now, the diplomat told Tanjug during a break in a seminar dedicated to the possibilities of participation of Serbian researchers in CERN.
CERN Head of Recruitment James Purvis told Tanjug that Serbia's accession to CERN is a historic moment which opens numerous possibilities for best scientists and researchers in Serbia.
Ratification of the agreement with CERN has opened many doors to students, scientists and researchers not only in physics, but also in engineering and other disciplines. They will benefit from trainings and education in CERN, and return to Serbia with all the skills they acquired there, Purvis said.
Serbian Minister of Science and Education Zarko Obradovic confirmed that the ratification of the agreement and the status of an associate member of CERN are of great importance for Serbia.
"We have demonstrated that we have scientists who can be part of CERN the world's largest laboratory," Obradovic said and added that the gain from the organization is substantial.
On January 10, the then president of Serbia Boris Tadic and Director General of CERN Rolf Dieter Heuer signed in Geneva an agreement declaring Serbia a CERN Associate Member State.
The decision on granting Serbia the associate membership was delivered on December 16, 2011, this being an important step towards the full membership in the organization, which should be secured in the next five years.