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SERBIA

DACIC, HEAD OF OSCE MISSION IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA DISCUSS CURRENT SITUATION

BELGRADE, August 9 2018 (Beta) - Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Office for Kosovo and Metohija chief Mаrko Djuric on Aug. 9 had separate meetings with Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo and Metohija Jan Braathu to discuss the current situation in Kosovo and Metohija and issues of importance for the mission's operation. Dacic and Braathu underlined the importance of the mission in line with its mandate and status neutrality, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry. They agreed it was necessary to consistently and systematically monitor the respect of human rights and communities in Kosovo and Metohija as well as to strengthen the mission's activities in that direction, the release said.
Djuric and Braathu exchanged opinions on the current political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohija, agreeing that it was necessary to continue resolving open issues through dialogue, according to a statement from the Office for Kosovo and Metohija. According to Djuric, Serbiа will continue to provide political and economic support to Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija even more intensely through investments in infrastructure, education and health care, and in any other way.

VUCIC: I FAVOR DEMARCATION WITH ALBANIANS

BELGRADE, August 9 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Aug. 9 that he favored demarcation with Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija. "I favor this and this is my policy, demarcation with the Albanians. When you have a territory and no one knows how it is treated and what belongs to whom, that is always a potential source of conflict," Vucic told reporters in Sid. Vucic said that the agreement between Belgrade and Pristina would be a comprehensive package which was not simplified and simple as some would like to think, but that he could not say what he was negotiating with the Kosovo Albanians because in that way he would be laying all of Serbia's cards open in the negotiations.

BELGIAN AMBASSADOR TO SERBIA PAYS PRIME MINISTER BRNABIC FAREWELL VISIT

BELGRADE, August 9 2018 (Beta) - On Aug. 9 Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met with outgoing Belgian Ambassador to Serbia Leo D'aes, whom she thanked for successful cooperation and his personal contribution to enhancing bilateral relations, the Serbian cabinet has said. Brnabic said that there was a noticeable trend of improving political relations with Belgium, especially in the wake of Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's visit. Ambassador D'aes stressed that Belgium would continue to support Serbia's European integration and offer technical support in the area of chapters 23 and 24 pertaining to the rule of law, the judiciary and the fight against organized crime. D'aes said Serbian and Belgian police were cooperating successfully in cracking down on organized crime. The two officials agreed that cooperation in the area of the economy was key to the faster improvement of relations between the two countries and voiced the expectation that fresh Belgian investment would be realized in the future, such as the Delhaize multinational corporation which was doing well in Serbia.

MERGING PRESEVO VALLEY WITH KOSOVO WOULD BE DIVISION OF CENTRAL SERBIA, NOT KOSOVO

BELGRADE, August 9 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic on Aug. 9 said that merging Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja with Kosovo, which had been speculated by certain media outlets, would actually be a division of central Serbia and not Kosovo, noting that no person in Serbia could discuss that with Albanians, let alone negotiate. Ljajic said he was sure that at this moment there existed no legally binding agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, but that a frozen conflict was not a solution. "Every solution that appears in the media is criticized, while no one says how long we have to wait for the frozen conflict to pass. Ten, 50, 100 years and what after that? Again, you will have to sit down and propose some solution," Ljajic told Prva TV. He stressed that Serbia had to find "a creative solution" to the Kosovo issue, noting that it could not be resolved without the EU, the U.S. and other great powers.

DJURIC, U.S. SENATE DELEGATION ON POSITION OF SERBS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

BELGRADE, August 9 2018 (Beta) - Office for Kosovo and Metohija chief Marko Djuric on Aug. 9 met with a delegation of the U.S. Senate to inform them about the situation and position of Serbs and the political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohija. Djuric also informed the delegation about the course and "prospect" of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, stressing that for more than five years now, Pristina had been blocking the formation of an Association/Community of Serb Municipalities as the most important part of the Brussels Agreement, according to a release from Djuric's office. Djuric once again underlined Belgrade's commitment to reaching a compromise and comprehensive solution to the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, exclusively in a peaceful manner. The meeting with the U.S. Senate delegation, headed by the senior adviser in the Committee on Foreign Relations, Sarah Stone, was also attended by Amy Hood, chief of the political affairs department at the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.