DACIC TRAVELS TO HAVANA TO ATTEND MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF ASSOCIATION OF CARIBBEAN STATES
HAVANA, 10 March 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic attended the 22nd regular session of the Ministerial Council of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), opened by Cuban President Raul Castro in Havana, on March 10. Serbia had the status of an observer at the conference. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Minister Dacic had a series of bilateral meetings on March 11, using the "open and extensive talks" to inform the heads of delegations of member states and those with observer status about the on-going reform process in Serbia, the results of the Belgrade-Pristina talks and Serbia's EU accession process. Dacic met with the representatives of Argentina, Barbados, Bahamas, Venezuela, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Salvador, Jamaica, Columbia, Mexico, Saint Lucia, Suna, Chile and the host country, Cuba.
RUSSIA NOT TO INTERFERE, SUPPORTS SERBIA'S POLICY, BOGDANOV SAYS TO VUCIC
BELGRADE, 10 March 2017 (Beta) - Mikhail Bogdanov, deputy Russian foreign minister, told Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on March 10 that Russia did not interfere in other states' internal affairs, but that any instability in the Western Balkans might have international repercussions, which is why he shared Serbia's concerns and supported its national policy. The Serbian government reported that the two officials discussed the situation in the Western Balkans and Kosovo, and talked about cooperation and "the development of a strategic partnership." Vucic briefed Bogdanov on the security situation and challenges in the Western Balkans, "including irresponsible announcements of the establishment of the so-called Kosovo's army, contrary to the Brussels agreement, but he also underlined Serbia's commitment to a policy of peace, stability and cooperation in the region," the cabinet said in a press release. The Serbian prime minister underlined that "Serbia's foreign policy operations mirror its commitment to peaceful resolutions to regional crises, with respect to the interests of all parties." The country remains committed to dialog as a way to solve the issues related to Kosovo and Metohija in a diplomatic and peaceful way, Vucic added. The Serbian prime minister thanked the Russian official for "Russia's consistent support to Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, expressed also through coordinated activities in international organizations." During his visit to Belgrade, Bogdanov also met with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, to discuss further developing cooperation, and the political situation in the Balkans. Bogdanov said that in the coming period Russia "will help its friends, and that Serbia can absolutely count on Russian support in protecting its vital national interests," the Serbian presidency quoted the Russian deputy foreign minister in a press release.