Belgrade, January 30, 2012
MONTENEGRO SUPPORTS JEREMIC'S RUN
PODGORICA Jan. 30 (Tanjug) - The Montenegrin Foreign Ministry announced it would back Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic in his run for president of the UN General Assembly.Ministry's director of multilateral and regional cooperation Zoran Jankovic said Podgorica supported its neighbours, especially the ones from the former Yugoslavia, whenever they ran for something within international organizations."There is no reason for it be different in this case. Especially since a high-ranking representative of Serbia is in question," he stated. Jeremic confirmed earlier he had entered the race to become the 67th president of the UN General Assembly, but added that the path to the office was long and complex.If elected, Jeremic would sit at the head of the assembly for one year. His first official appearance would be in September 2012, when the assembly is set to begin its one-year session.
TADIC OPPOSES HISTORICAL REVISION OF NAZI CRIMES
BELGRADE, Jan. 27 (Beta) - President Boris Tadic said that the history of Nazi crimes could not and must not be rewritten, and that the ideology of racism and chauvinism must not live again, because Serbia is an open and democratic society looking to gain membership in the European community of peoples.
"There is no room in Serbia for those who committed crimes against humanity, against human beings and crimes like those in Treblinka, Auschwitz, Jasenovac, Novi Sad, Sajmiste and Jajinci," Tadic said at a commemoration held in Belgrade's Staro Sajmiste neighborhood on Jan. 27 on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Tadic warned of attempts to revise history and efforts to forget the tragic ordeals of the Holocaust and a resurgence of the ideology of racism, chauvinism, ethnic, religious and other kinds of fanaticism.
"Serbia will do everything to protect historical monuments and reconstruct Holocaust memorial structures. So we will join the ranks of countries that recognize ethical rules, morals, historical lessons and the culture of remembrance for victims," the Serbian president said.
NEW SERBIAN AMBASSADORS TO BELGIUM AND FINLAND
BELGRADE, Jan. 27 (Beta) - Vesna Arsic has been appointed as the new Serbian ambassador to Belgium, after Radomir Diklic vacated the office, according to the the latest edition of the Official Gazette of Serbia.
According to a decree issued by President Boris Tadic, Slavko Kruljevic will be the new ambassador to Finland where he will replace Vera Mavric.
A government decision on opening a Romanian ConsulateGeneral in Zajecar, for the districts of Bor, Zajecar, Pirot, Nisava, Jablanica and Pcinja, was also published in the Official Gazette.
The government also approved opening an Armenian Consulate in Belgrade.
HYMN TO ST. SAVA PLAYED IN HEART OF ROME
ROME, Jan. 27 (Tanjug) – The Month of Serbian Culture in Rome was closed in Italy's capital Friday evening by playing the Hymn to St. Sava and Serbian traditional and folk music.The Museum of Roman Civilisation in Rome, where in the past month numerous spectators had the opportunity to get acquanted with the cultural heritage, history, art, music and literature of Serbia, served last night as a stage for the celebration of the Day of St Sava, the first Serbian enlightener.Closing this significant, and above all very successful event, Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac stated it was the best indicator of good relations between Serbia and Italy."Even though our two countries share no borders, we look upon Italy as a neighboring country with which we share a system of values, and which offers a wholehearted support on our EU pathway, which we consider extremely important," Sutanovac said in a statement for Tanjug.The minister added that, along with Serbian athletes winning medals across the world, Serbian artists our the country's best ambassadors and representatives of what Serbia is and wants to be in the 21st century.Serbian Ambassador to Rome Ana Hrustanovic, organizer and creator of the event, assessed that its aim has been fulfilled, as in the past month The Museum of Roman Civilisation was visited by vast audience, as well as the representatives of the diplomatic corps, political and art figures.The fact that the manifestation attracted great attention of the Italian audience was confirmed by Director of the Museum of Roman Civilisation Lucrezia Ungaro, who stated that this level of attendance gives encouragement to continue the cooperation with the Serbian Embassy. Local Councilor of the Municipality of Rome Tetyana Kuzyk, who is one of the patrons of the event, said that the closing of the Month of the Serbian Culture marks only the beginning of cooperation with the Serbian Embassy and cultural community in Rome.At the end of the evening, Hrustanovic was presented with a recognition for presenting the Serbian culture in Italy's capital. The concert of Serbian traditional and folk music, which closed the manifestation and marked the St Sava's Day, was performed by the band VED from Vranje, while opera diva Dragana Moles sang the Hymn to St. Sava, accompanied by Boban Stefanovic on accordion.In the past month, a total of seven performances were organized in Rome, five encompassing the works of contemporary Serbian artists living and working in Rome, and another two that represented the Serbian history and cultural heritage dubbed "The Serbian Culture - a Way through Centuries" and "The Cyrillic".
K&M – DIALOG
JEREMIC: FALSE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF KOSOVO'S RECOGNITION
ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 27 (Tanjug) – Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said that a number of African countries had denied the claims by media in Pristina that said they had decided to recognize the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo or had already done so."In the Central African Republic, for example, a great deal of money was given to get the recognition, but money does not always get you what you desire. You cannot buy everything with money, and in the case of the Central African Republic, that has been confirmed," Jeremic told Tanjug after a three-day visit to Ethiopia.Jeremic, who had around 40 bilateral meetings during a session of the Executive Council of the African Union, stated that the foreign ministers of Nigeria and South Africa had said their countries would not recognize Kosovo."The press in Pristina reported they too could change their view. We received confirmation that they do not recognize Kosovo and have no intention of doing so. We can say that the most influential countries in Africa have stayed true to the principles of international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations," Jeremic remarked.According to him, Ethiopia's view, as one of the continent's key countries and the seat of the African Union, remains firm."The relations with Ethiopia are strong and friendly. Ethiopia respects Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will do so in the future as well," he stressed.
TAHIRI INSISTS ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENT REPRESENTATION
PRISTINA, Jan. 27 (Beta) - Edita Tahiri, deputy premier of Kosovo and head of Pristina's delegation in talks with Belgrade, has told EU facilitator Robert Cooper that Kosovo insists on being represented as an independent and sovereign state with its own state symbols at regional conferences.
According to an announcement released by her office after talking with Cooper via videolink, Tahiri rejected Belgrade's proposal that anything representing Kosovo contain a reference to U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244, which, she said, was legally and politically obsolete.
The deputy premier also demanded that Serbia fully respect and apply an agreement on freedom of movement and free trade, seeking at the same time that the EU place more pressure on Belgrade to remove obstacles to and tariffs on vehicle insurance and quicken the implementation of existing deals.
BERISHA: ALBANIA TO SIGN PROBE DEAL WITH EULEX
TIRANA, Jan. 27 (Beta) - Albania and the EULEX mission in Kosovo are poised to sign an agreement on cooperation in investigating allegations of human organ trafficking, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha has said.
The announcement said that Berisha had fully agreed that an agreement or law that would institutionalize cooperation between the Albanian authorities and EULEX was necessary to establish a clear framework which will help the EU mission fulfill its mandate in the probe, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network reported on Jan. 27.
Berisha made the statement on Jan. 26, after meeting with John Clint Williamson, who is the chief prosecutor in a special investigative team that has been charged with looking into the allegations voiced in a Council of Europe resolution which claims that the Kosovo Liberation Army harvested organs from captive Serbs during the 1999 war which it later sold.
SERBIA – EU
GOVT COMPLETES 55 PERCENT OF EU INTEGRATION PROGRAM
BELGRADE, Jan. 27 (Beta) - In the final quarter of last year, 55 percent of the National Program for Integrating Serbia with the EU was completed relative to planned obligations, the Serbian Government announced on Jan. 27.
The Serbian Government adopted a Report on the Implementation of the National Program for EU Integration for the OctoberDecember 2011 period, which was released by the European Integration Office.
As for the approval of draft laws and the adoption of bylaws in the fourth quarter of 2011, the Serbian Government had a 54 percent success rate, with 45 of a total 83 regulations approved and adopted.
"As a whole, and just looking at the regulations planned for enactment between July 2008 and December 2011, 80 percent (775/973) of the National Program for Integration has been completed," the statement said.
DELEVIC: SERBIA MUST FULFILL ALL CONDITIONS
BELGRADE, Jan. 29 (Tanjug) – Director of the European Integration Office Milica Delevic said Sunday that regardless of messages of support and encouragement that some EU member- are sending to Serbia, the conditions that were set to Serbia in December must be met.She said in an interview to Tanjug in answer to the question what are the chances of Serbia getting the nomination at the beginning of March, that any evaluation involves assessing what has done, but should also take into account the time remaining to meet the requirements.These conditions are clear and related to the achievement of regional representation arrangements, implementing agreements reached between Belgrade and Pristina, including the integrated management of crossings, freedom of movement for EULEX and conditions for carrying out its mandate in the entire territory of Kosovo, Delevic said.She said that encouraging messages have come from Germany and the United States in recent days, but that the most important progress that must be made is in meeting the requirements set in December, when granting the candidate status to Serbia was postponed.Delevic described the recent visit by European mediator Robert Cooper to Belgrade as a good preparation fo reaching a compromise solution that could be the basis for the convening of next round of dialogue.Asked whether Germany would this time again hold the key to the decision to grant Serbia candidate status, Delevic said that every decision requires the consensus of the votes of all member-states.Delevic also said that the European Council did not mention any other conditions except those related to the Kosovo issue.
SERBIA – REGION
DEJANOVIC & IVANOV DISCUSS INFRASTRUCTURE LINKS
SKOPJE, Jan. 27 (Tanjug) – The emphasis in Serbia-Macedonia relations in the following period should be on infrastructure links, particularly in the domain of roads and energy, which should enable a better economic cooperation, Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic and Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov agreed Friday.Discussing the situation in the region, Ivanov and Djukic Dejanovic assessed at the meeting in Skopje that the region needs a European perspective, and expressed hope that all regional countries will achieve progress in their EU integration processes, regardless of any obstacles on their EU pathways, Ivanov's cabinet released in a statement.The continuation of the EU integration is the best way towards prosperity and stability in the region, Ivanov underlined. According to the statement, the two officials also expressed satisfaction with the good relations between the two countries. Ivanov commended the Serbia-Macedonia parliamentary cooperation so far, assessing it as highly significant for the two countries' overall relations.Djukic Dejanovic stated that the establishment of a personal relation between Ivanov and Serbian President Boris Tadic represents an example that all other institutions should follow. She also expressed her hope and readiness for the development of an even more dynamic cooperation between Macedonia and Serbia, the statement reads.
JOSIPOVIC ON ATTACK ON CROATIAN FANS IN NOVI SAD
ZADAR, Jan. 27 (Beta) - Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said on Jan. 27, commenting on an attack on Croatian fans in Serbia, that what had happened was terrible.
"It showed that hooligans are also capable of ruining even the largest of sports events," Josipovic told journalists in Zadar.
Josipovic said that it was encouraging that "every Serbian institution from the president to local authorities, had condemned the vandalism" which took place in Novi Sad on Jan. 24 when a group of appoximately 15 youths attacked a convoy of cars with Croatian license plates, injuring several people and damaging at least 15 cars.
In central Split on Jan. 27, after a handball match between Croatia and Split, four masked men entered the Serbian National Minority Club and attacked people there, Croatian police reported, while the media is also reporting on an incident that took place in Vukovar.
DACIC: CROATS SHOULD CARE ABOUT THEIR BEHAVIOR
PODGORICA, Jan. 27 (Tanjug) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Ivica Dacic said that Croats should be concerned about their own behavior, not that of others.On the occasion of incidents in Serbia during the Men's Handball Championship, he said that in one recent world championships in Croatia, Serbia's supporters were not allowed to carry the Serbian flag.They should not give lessons to others but take care about their own behavior, said Dacic told reporters Friday night in Podgorica.Croatian supporters should not have come to Serbia with their national symbols, he said.Dacic attended Friday night in Bijelo Polje a St. Sava observance at which a cultural and artistic program was performed.
MSP GIVES CROATIA UNTIL 30 AUGUST FOR RESPONSE THE HAGUE
HAGUE, Jan. 27 (Tanjug) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has authorized the submission by the Republic of Croatia of an additional pleading relating solely to the counter-claims submitted by the Republic of Serbia in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia).By an Order dated 23 January 2012, the Court fixed 30 August 2012 as the time-limit for the filing of that pleading.The Court made this Order following an indication by Croatia that it wished to present its views for a second time in writing, in an additional pleading, on Serbia's counter-claims, and taking account of the views of the Parties. The subsequent procedure has been reserved for further decision.The Republic of Croatia filed the suit against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia July 2, 1999, citing Article IX of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.With the transformation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia into Serbia and Montenegro and the dissolution of that country in 2006, Serbia is considered its legal successor.The Republic of Serbia filed the genocide lawsuit against the Republic of Croatia on January 4, 2010.The application covers missing people, killed people, refugees, expelled people and all military actions and concentration camps and seizure. of property.
SERBIA – ECONOMY
GOVERNMENT BUYS SMEDEREVO STEELWORKS FOR ONE DOLLAR
BELGRADE, Jan. 27 (Beta) - The Serbian government has bought the Smederevo Steelworks from U.S. Steel for a dollar, Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said on Jan. 27. Cvetkovic said U.S. Steel was quitting Serbia because of the economic crunch, and also that the cabinet had decided to purchase the steelworks because finding a new partner is much easier if the plant stays open.
Cvetkovic described the purchase as a "forced" move, adding that through the government had come into possession of the factory's basic means of labor and an operative capital of EUR100 million, and that the Steelworks had no debts nor bank loans to service.
The representatives of U.S. Steel Serbia would not comment on the government's decision to buy the plant from their company for a dollar.
"As we already said at the close of the third quarter, we are striving to explore all of the possibilities in Serbia. We will not comment on the other sides' announcements and news conferences," U.S. Steel Serbia spokeswoman Dusanka Rankovic said in a press release, adding that the outfit would have a statement ready for the press after its regular quarterly financial meeting on Jan. 31.
One of the factory's two blast furnaces is idle, and workers have been working for only four days a week since Jan. 9, for which they are being paid 60 percent of their wages on the fifth day. U.S. Steel employs nearly 5,500 workers, holds a fivepercent share in Serbia's overall production, with steel exports accounting for 14 percent of total exports.
SERBIA NOT EXPECTED TO RECOVER BEFORE 2013
BELGRADE, Jan. 29 (Tanjug) – World Bank's chief economist for Serbia Zeljko Bogetic has said Serbia's economic recovery should not be expected before 2013, since the economic situation in Europe, especially the eurozone, will probably worsen.The basic scenario projects a deterioration of the situation in Europe, especially in the eurozone, and there are clear signals that the zone will experience a mild recession this year, he explained. That is the reality, and it will make the situation worse in terms of Serbia's economic growth, he told Radio and Television of Serbia.If the expected growth was at 1.5 percent, it is now clear it will be lower than that, he remarked.Cutting down the deficit and public debt could improve the economic situation in the country, he stated.Serbia should not expect an economic recovery before 2013, Bogetic stressed, adding that more work was needed on active measures, particularly when it comes to supporting the employment of young people.