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DAILY SURVEY 17.08.2018.
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SERBIA

VUCIC SAYS CANNOT COMMENT ON CONCRETE SOLUTIONS FOR KOSOVO AND METOHIJA AS THERE ARE NONE YET

BELGRADE, 16 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Aug. 16 that he did not want to comment on concrete solutions for Kosovo and Metohija, because there were none yet, but added that Serbia had three basic goals - preserving peace, protecting state interests and protecting the rights of the Serb people. Vucic told Serbian radio and TV that the Serbian state's first basic goal was to "preserve peace and stability because that means a future for Serbian children." "It is better to keep the peace than make mistakes," Vucic said, adding that the second hardest goal was to protect state interests. The third goal, he said, is to protect the rights of the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija and their security. During his appearance Vucic announced that he would visit Kosovo and Metohija on Sept. 9 this year "if everything is alright." When asked to comment German Chancellor Angela Merklel's statement that there would be no demarcation, Vucic said that he saw her as a true friend of the Serbian people. Commenting on the U.S.'s stance on the question of initiating demarcation, he said that the U.S. and Germany had already demarcated Serbia. "They have demarcated us already and when they said that they are against [demarcation] that means that they are against borders harmful for us," Vucic remarked. Vucic called on society at large to calm down and show tolerance because, he said, "if we ever are in a position to decide" the people will reach a decision democratically.

SCOTT AND VUCIC DISCUSS BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE

BELGRADE, 16 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had talks on Aug. 16 with U.S. Ambassador Kyle Scott about the status of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and ideas for reaching a solution for the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, the president's office has stated. Vucic said the need existed for reaching a true compromise, which would guarantee lasting stability and economic progress. The collocutors concurred that the dialogue is the way to improve the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, if it is approached responsibly and with avoiding confrontation, the statement reads. Scott urged Belgrade and Pristina to demonstrate courage, flexibility and creativity in reaching a solution which would contribute to regional stability.

VUCIC AND ORIZIO DISCUSS MEDIA STRATEGY

BELGRADE, 16 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Aug. 16 thanked the chief of the OSCE's mission to Serbia, Andrea Orizio, for the organization's contribution to reform processes in Serbia, through activities directed towards the rule of law, human rights, police reform, democratization of the society and, especially, the media. During the meeting, President Vucic and Ambassador Orizio considered progress in the creation of the media strategy which, through the best examples from European experience, should contribute to the improvement of the media atmosphere in Serbia, reads the statement from the president's office. Orizio commended the role of President Vucic in encouraging the work on the media strategy, saying that he was pleased with the constructive approach of the working group, because progress is being made during every meeting. The collocutors considered the issue of judicial reform, aimed at strengthening the independence of the judiciary and improving the efficiency of judicial bodies.

ARMY CHIEFS OF STAFF OF SERBIA AND HUNGARY DISCUSS SITUATION IN REGION

BELGRADE, 16 August 2018 (Beta) - The chiefs of general staff of the armies of Serbia and Hungary, Ljubisa Dikovic and Ferenc Korom, had talks in Hajdukovo on Aug. 16 about the current political and security situation in the region. According to the Serbian Defense Ministry's statement, they also discussed possibilities for improving cooperation between the two militaries, and considered the joint participation so far in the multinational U.N. operation in Cyprus. The two generals concurred that cooperation between the two militaries was intensive and full of content, especially in the field of joint engagement in the multinational operation, realization of joint training and exercises. They pointed out during the meeting that the joint exercises "Neighbors" and "Iron Cat" which have been held traditionally since 2011, alternately in Serbia and Hungary, provide a special quality to cooperation between the two militaries and contribute to raising the level of operative capabilities and inter-operability.

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