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DAILY SURVEY 21.04.2017.
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SERBIA

DACIC: IF EU, U.S. DO NOT SAY SOMETHING ON GREATER ALBANIA, THEY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE

BELGRADE, 20 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on April 20 that the EU, U.S. and Great Britain would be directly responsible for the consequences if they did not react to the latest statements by Albanian politicians on the unification of Albania, Kosovo and three municipalities in southern Serbia. Reacting to a statement by the president of the Bujanovac municipality Jonuz Musliu that a union of Albania and Kosovo "is senseless without Presevo Valley, without Medvedja, Bujanovac and Presevo," Dacic said that Albanian politicians had become the "main threat to peace and stability in the Balkans and Europe." "The coordinated statements of Rama, Thaci and Musliu show that a Greater Albania is the objective of all Albanians. Today Musliu added Nis, tomorrow it will be Skopje, Ulcinj, Epirus. Will the EU, U.S. and Great Britain say something? If they do not do so this time, when a Greater Albania has reached Nis, they will be directly responsible for the consequences," Dacic said. He said that Albanians "need to choose their words carefully, as their protectors who bombed Serbia so that they could snatch Kosovo away from Serbia are not on the international scene." "That will never happen again. Serbia is not provoking anyone, but it does not fear anyone. Luckily, all of this is mere dreaming. However, experience has taught us that the road leading from a dream to a nightmare is short," the minister said.

VUCIC APPEALS TO ALBANIANS NOT TO SPEAK ABOUT NEED TO UNITE IN ONE STATE

BELGRADE, 20 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on April 20 appealed to Albanian political representatives not to make public statements about the need for all the Albanians in the region to form a unified state, if the process of European integration were to stop. "We are asking them, I repeat, asking them not to make such public statements, whatever they might mean by them, because that does not contribute to good relations in the region, nor to the creation of an atmosphere of cooperation and joint work on important projects," Vucic said at a news conference in the Serbian government building. He said that, regardless of someone's wishes, this would not be permitted. The Serbian prime minister called on the European Union representatives to react to such statements and underscored that, were he to say that all Serbs should live in one state, he would probably be hanging from one of the flagpoles in Brussels, in place of one of the flags that fly there. Vucic said the Serbian government did not wish to insult anyone and had never made any similar statement, because it was thinking solely about a good and successful economy and a better standard of living for the citizens.

VUCIC, BUNDESTAG DELEGATION DISCUSS CUSTOMS UNION IN WESTERN BALKANS

BELGRADE, 20 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with the chairman of the German Parliamentary Friendship Group with Southeastern Europe, Stephan Albani, on April 20, and discussed the situation in the region, Serbia's European path and the resumption of the dialogue with Pristina. "Regional stability is the most important for us and we will do everything to preserve it," Vucic stated, adding that, for Serbia, bilateral relations and Germany's support on the European path were very important, in view of Germany's influence in European and world politics, reads a statement issued by the Serbian government. Albani congratulated Vucic for winning the presidential election and said that he was "pleased to see progress in Serbia," which was "very important for peace and stability in the Balkans." Another topic of the meeting was the idea of forming a customs union in the Western Balkans, which could be an incentive for fresh investments by companies from Germany and for expanding the business of German companies that are already operating in the region and employ 35,000 people in Serbia.

SERBIA, IRAQ SIGN AIR TRAFFIC AGREEMENT

BELGRADE, 20 April 2017 (Beta) - The Serbian minister of construction, transportation and infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlovic, signed an agreement on air traffic between Serbia and Iraq on April 20, which will pave the way for re-establishing regular air traffic between the two countries. According to the relevant ministry, the new agreement regulates a series of issues that are important for the reopening of air traffic, considering that the previous agreement was signed in 1975, between the former SFR Yugoslavia and the Republic of Iraq. Mihajlovic's Iraqi counterpart Kadhim Finjan Al-Khafaji signed the agreement on his country's behalf, in the presence of the Iraqi ambassador in Belgrade, Kasim Asker Hasan, and representatives of the Serbian Civil Aviation Directorate and the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority. Minister Kadhim Finjan Al-Khafaji said this meeting would contribute to the opening of new fields of cooperation, pointing out that Iraq was rebuilding its destroyed infrastructure and hospitals and that Serbian companies had the possibility to apply for these contracts.

DJURIC: FORMING OF KOSOVO ARMY IS A THREAT TO REGIONAL SECURITY

BELGRADE, 20 April 2017 (Beta) - The director of the Serbian government's Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Djuric, said on April 20 that the forming of "an illegal armed formation in Kosovo" would pose a threat to the entire region and "an attempt to incite new tensions and conflicts." Djuric told reporters after the Ambassadorial Forum at the Institute of International Politics and Economics that Serbia had informed representatives of 40 countries about the recent statements made by Edi Rama and Hashim Thaci regarding the unification of Albania and Kosovo, about the danger of the idea of a "Greater Albania" and about the risk of instability overflowing into the states in the region. "You cannot expect us to accept those who were just yesterday destroying, burning and demolishing religious sites, to have jurisdiction over them today. And, above all, do not ever expect us to accept the redrawing of borders in the Balkans that would precipitate the fulfilment of fascist ideas about the creation of 'Greater Albania'," Djuric said. In his reply to the question about the April 19 statement of the head of the European Union's office in Kosovo and EU special envoy, Nataliya Apostolova, that the dialogue should result in Kosovo's admission to international organizations, Djuric said that she was obviously not properly informed about what her mandate entailed. "I have seen many undiplomatic things in her behavior so far. I hope that is not the stand of her bosses in Brussels," Djuric added.