Belgrade, Septembre 30, 2010
TADIC SUPPORTS SNSD CANDIDATES AHEAD OF ELECTIONS IN BIH
DOBOJ, Sept 30 (Tanjug) - The Alliance of Independent Social Democrats (SNSD) organized a pre-election gathering in Doboj, northern Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), on Wednesday evening, which was attended by Serbian President and leader of the Democratic Party (DS) Boris Tadic.
Tadic supported the party's candidates at the forthcoming elections in BiH, which will be held on October 3. "I am here to speak from the heart and to support Milorad Dodik, Nebojsa Radmanovic, Nikola Spiric, Igor Radojicic and Dusanka Majkic," said Tadic, who in spite of the problems with his voice did not fail to address the attendees.
At the gathering, which started with the playing of Serbia's and Republika Srpska's (RS) national anthems, SNSD candidates for highest government positions presented themselves, namely Dodik as candidate for RS president, Radmanovic as candidate for member of the BiH Presidency, and others as candidates for BiH and RS parliaments. "I am here to support my friends who run RS in the best possible way," Tadic stressed.
DEJANOVIC: VISIT TO BERLIN VERY IMPORTANT AND PRODUCTIVE
BELGRADE, Sept 29 (Tanjug) - Serbian parliament speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic described her visit to Berlin and meeting with Bundestag President Norbert Lammert Wednesday as very important and productive, and added that she and Lammert agreed to deepen the relations between the two parliaments.
Djukic Dejanovic told reporters at the Serbian parliament that she and her German counterpart concluded that the cooperation between the two institutions has intensified in the last two years, and that 12 visits were exchanged in that period. According to her, this shows the Serbian parliament is determined to apply the experience of other countries with developed parliamentary systems, and put international diplomacy at the service of its citizens, just like Bundestag does through its legislative work.
Djukic Dejanovic also said that the German parliament's friendship group for South Eastern Europe expressed the wish to visit the Serbian parliament, and announced that Serbian parliament's European integration, foreign policy and economic cooperation committees will expand their cooperation with corresponding Bundestag bodies.
The parliament speaker visited Bundestag along with the members of the parliamentary Child Rights Working Group, who arrived in Berlin Monday. Their visit was organized in cooperation with UNICEF. After his first official meeting with Djukic Dejanovic, Lammert said that Germany considers Serbia an important part of the Balkans and that it should clear a path to a European future because it belongs in the EU.
SERBIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER COMMENTS ON SERBIA-KOSOVO TALKS
BELGRADE, Sept 29 (Tanjug) - Serbian Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic said Wednesday that everyone who could help should be included in the coming talks between Serbia and Kosovo.
The talks should have multiple levels to include all those who could help in making them successful, Djukic-Dejanovic told reporters at the parliament. She criticized the Kosovo authorities for disrupting the Serbian mobile carriers' service in Kosovo, adding that it obstructs the dialogue and lowers the expectations for its results.
Djukic-Dejanovic commented on the Liberal Democratic Party request to have the parliament set the platform for the talks by saying that the request could not enter parliamentary procedure in its current form. The only way an item could be put on the parliament agenda during special sessions is by being proposed as urgent by the government or if the request came from at least 84 parliament members, she explained. The parliament should indeed take an official stand regarding the talks, but it has to be done according to the law, Djukic-Dejanovic stated.
Wordsworth : SERBIA'S NEXT STEP TOWARDS EU SOON
BELGRADE, Sept 30 (Tanjug) - British Ambassador to Serbia Stephen Wordsworth has stated that he expects Serbia to soon make its next step on its way to the integration into the European Union.
After the adoption of the Serbia-EU resolution on the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice by the United Nations General Assembly, the majority of the Union ministers believe that it is time for the next step, Ambassador Wordsworth said in an interview published by Vecernje Novosti. We want to see progress in October, but all of the 27 EU member states have to agree on that, said Wordsworth, underscoring that the official London strongly supports the Union's enlargement and accession of Serbia. He pointed out that it would be useful to start the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue soon. The Great Britain's stand is that the issue of Kosovo's status is a closed issue and that a way should be found to put the disagreements on the issue aside.
The ambassador said that, as far as he knows, Brussels did not request that the Pristina-Belgrade dialogue be opened symbolically with a meeting between Serbian President Boris Tadic and Hasim Taci. Belgrade and Pristina should decide who will sit at the table - politicians or experts, said the ambassador, adding that in any case, those should be the people who have the mandate to make certain decisions. Wordsworth reiterated that no one requests Serbia to recognize Kosovo.
LJAJIC: AUTHORITIES INTENSIVELY SEARCHING FOR MLADIC
BELGRADE, Sept. 29 (Beta) - Head of the National Council for Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal Rasim Ljajic said on Sept. 29 that the search for former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was intensive and "much more pronounced" than one might conclude based on media reports.
"The fact that there are not that many articles and reports on the search does not mean it is not being conducted. I think it is useful to have as much work done as possible on the field and to have the media report on it as little as possible," Ljajic told BETA.
Following recent objections by Hague Tribunal Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz, Ljajic said Serbia respects all the suggestions and proposals it has received while searching for the remaining fugitives.
Ljajic also told BETA that the Serbian authorities "are absolutely open to all sorts of suggestions and proposals." "We would like to hear what Serbia has not done that was recommended to it, in the sense of operative data and actions aimed at locating the remaining two indictees," he said.
The head of the National Council explained that representatives of the Hague tribunal, with whom Serbian officials are in constant contact, are familiar with the operative activities. "Serbia has greater interest than the Hague tribunal and the EU in extraditing Mladic and Hadzic. We will bring this matter to the end for our own sake and we will cooperate with the Hague tribunal and others in the international community in the process," Ljajic pointed out.
Asked whether it was possible the search would not produce the final result, i.e. that Mladic has died of natural causes without that fact being revealed, Ljajic briefly replied: "That is highly unlikely."
SERBIA – ECONOMY, FINANCE
DINKIC: EXPO 2010 IN SHANGHAI GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMY
SHANGHAI, Sept. 29 (Beta) -. Serbian Economy and Regional Development Minister Mladjan Dinkic said in Shanghai on Sept. 29 that Serbia's successful participation in EXPO 2010 provides good grounds for bigger marketing of Serbian products in China.
Dinkic, who visited Serbia's pavilion at EXPO 2010, where he opened a business presentation titled "Serbia your business partner," also said the event is a good opportunity for numerous visitors to become acquainted with Serbia.
"I am satisfied with the appearance of the Serbian pavilion. We can be proud, because 2,650,000 people have visited our pavilion so far," Dinkic said, adding that the Serbian pavilion is "very attractive and has had more visitors than the pavilions of neighboring countries."
The Economy Ministry announced that the visitors of the Serbian pavilion can take a look at two modern projects promoting Serbia's economy.
The first is the virtual fair efair4U, a portal where Chinese companies can become acquainted with 2,500 companies from Serbia and establish initial contacts with Serbian businesspeople.
The other project, dubbed Serbia Business Network, is an interactive base that gives access to about 88 projects, services and patents open to investors, i.e. strategic partners.
The base also offers an overview of locations in Serbia suitable for investing, the partners and projects seeking investors and the patents discovered by scientists that require money to turn into end products.
SERBIA WITHDRAWING ONLY 15% OF FIFTH IMF INSTALLMENT
BELGRADE, Sept. 29 (Beta) -. The National Bank of Serbia stated that it withdrew EUR53.5 million from the International Monetary Fund on Sept. 29, which is around 15 percent of the fifth installment of the standby credit arrangement.
According to the statement, the withdrawal of less money than it has been approved was enabled by the current payment balance trends.
With the withdrawal of EUR53.5 million of the fifth installment, the total sum used from the arrangement with the IMF will add up to around EUR1.27 billion of special withdrawal rights, or around EUR1.46 billion.
On Sept. 27, the IMF Board of Directors positively estimated the carrying out of the agreed economic program of Serbia within the standby arrangement, which marked the successful completion of its fifth revision.
The positive IMF estimate enables Serbia to withdraw money for the strengthening of foreign currency reserves in the amount of EUR319.6 million in special withdrawal rights, which is around EUR366.5 million, it was said in the statement of the Serbian central bank.
Serbia's credit arrangement worth around EUR3 billion was agreed in midMay 2009, and ends in April 2011.
GDP INCREASES BY 2 PERCENT IN SECOND QUARTER OF 2010
BELGRADE, Sept 30 (Tanjug) - In the second quarter of 2010, GDP increased by 2 percent when compared to the same time last year, while in the first half of 2010 it amounted to 1.2 percent in comparison to the corresponding period of the previous year, the Serbian Statistical Office said in a statement on Thursday.
In the second quarter of 2010, the highest growth in the gross value added was recorded in sectors of financial intermediation - 6.9 percent, transport - 6.6 percent, mining and quarrying - 10.4 percent, and manufacturing - 5.7 percent. The greatest drop in the gross value added was recorded in construction - 11.9 percent, and the sector of hotels and restaurants - 8 percent, reads the statement.
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
CLINTON: SERBIA, KOSOVO MUST DECIDE ON FUTURE
Washington, Sept. 29 (Beta) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sept. 29 said the U.S. and EU are ready to assist Belgrade and Pristina in reaching an agreement, but stressed that it is in the hands "of the leaders and people of the two sides, who will have to make a decision on their future."
"Personally, I am very hopeful of the possibilities standing before those peoples, if they overcome the obstacles," Clinton said at a joint news conference with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in Washington.
She hailed EU efforts employed in resolving Serbia Kosovo dispute, saying the U.S. and EU are committed to offering assistance to the Balkan countries in their Euratlantic integrations. The state secretary added she is looking forward to her visit to Belgrade and Pristina in, as she said, some ten days.
Ashton said for a progress in resolving the issue of Kosovo, it is very important that the EU, Belgrade and Pristina cooperate in the process and that all be "constructive in the dialog in order to find a way forward, which is a European future for both sides."
KRASNICI: ELECTIONS COULD BE HELD WITHIN SIX MONTHS
PRISTINA, Sept 30 (Tanjug) - Kosovo parliament speaker and acting Kosovo President Jakup Krasnici has stated that, after Fatmir Sejdiu's resignation, parliamentary elections could be held in Kosovo within six months.
In an interview for the Pristina daily Koha Ditore, Krasnici said that there should be no negotiations with the Serbian authorities until new Kosovo institutions are convened. Krasnici believes that early elections will create stronger institutions that will improve open political and economic processes in Kosovo.
DI PAOLA: CONDITIONS ARE RIPE FOR KFOR TROOP REDUCTION
PRISTINA, Sept 30 (Tanjug) - Chairman of the NATO Military Committee Admiral Gianpaolo di Paola has stated that the security situation in Kosovo had improved so much that the Alliance may further reduce the number of its troops in the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR).
It is more than clear to me that the situation in Kosovo has improved and that progress has been made, Di Paola said in an interview published by Koha Ditore. That is why it seems to me that the conditions are ripe for us to start the next phase of troop reduction in Kosovo, Di Paola said. He also said that he promises NATO will keep the sufficient number of troops to maintain stability in Kosovo.
NATO and KFOR are determined to continue maintaining security and stability in Kosovo, said Di Paola. Since we have provided a safe environment in Kosovo and since the situation has improved, we may now carry out our mandate with a smaller number of troops, said he. Today, just under 10,000 troops from the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR), provided by 31 countries (24 NATO and 7 non-NATO), are still deployed in Kosovo.