Daily Survey

Belgrade, July 26, 2012


SERBIA

SERBIAN, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTERS CONFER IN MOSCOW

MOSCOW , July 26 (B92, Tanjug, Beta) Russian FM Sergei Lavrov said ahead of the meeting with Serbian FM Vuk Jeremic that he highly appreciated his contribution to the two countries' relations. Vuk Jeremic and Sergei Lavrov (Tanjug, file)Lavrov said at the beginning of the meeting with Jeremic on Thursday that he hoped that Russia and Serbia's bilateral relations would continue to develop.
Stressing that this was his last day as the Serbian foreign minister, Jeremic assessed that the two countries' relations had been excellent during his term in office.
He added that Russia was the most important partner to Serbia.
The two ministers will discuss the bilateral relations, European and international affairs and the agenda of 67th session of the UN General Assembly, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced earlier.
The fact that Jeremic was elected as the president of the UN General Assembly is illustrative of the high reputation of Serbia, which is committed to strengthening the UN role and giving supremacy to the international law in international relations, the release reads.
Russia has actively supported Jeremic's candidacy, as he is an experienced professional and politician respected around the world. Jeremic arrives in Moscow at the moment when the need for a greater role of the UN as a unique multilateral mechanism for overcoming contemporary challenges becomes more evident on the international scene, the release adds.
The UN General Assembly is one of the UN's largest fora, within which the member states are finding common solutions for a series of problems. In that context, Russia is attaching great importance to the president of the General Assembly, who should take into account the whole range of stands and run the UN body in a balanced way, the Russian ministry underlined.
The close contacts between Serbia and Russia at the high level, between governments, parliaments and ministries, confirm the mutual interest in improving the bilateral relations in line with the principles of strategic partnership, the release concluded.

NIKOLIC WILL NOT MEET WITH JAHJAGA IN NEW YORK

BELGRADE, July 26 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is not planning to meet with Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga before a political consensus on Kosovo is reached in Belgrade, a source at the president's office told the daily Press.
Nikolic's office denied speculation from Pristina media that the president would confer with Jahjaga in New York during the session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
"It is true the president will be at the UN in New York in September, but this meeting will not happen, because the president first wants Serbia to reach a consensus regarding Kosovo," said his office.

DELEVIC TO HEAD COMMITTEE FOR EUROPEAN INTEGRATION

BELGRADE, July 25 (Tanjug) - The Serbian parliament continued Wednesday the process of constitution of parliamentary committees, and unanimously elected DS MP Milica Delevic president of the Committee for European Integration.
Her deputy will be SVM MP Laslo Varga.
On Tuesday, the parliament constituted the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Committee for the Control of Security Services, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Legislation, the Committee for Justice, Public Administration and Local Selfadministation and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Legislation, and the Committee for the Budget and MandateImmunity Issues.
The Serbian parliament in the new session will have a total of 19 parliamentary committees and the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will be a separate parliamentary body.