SERBIAN OFFICIALS GIVE CONDOLENCES AFTER TERRORIST ATTACKS IN EGYPT
BELGRADE, 9 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic sent on April 9 a telegram of condolences to the president and prime minister of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Sherif Ismail, over the bombings in Egypt, a press release from the prime minister's cabinet said. "We are deeply affected and horror-stricken over these terrible attacks targeting Christian churches in Egypt. These intimidating acts that happened on the holiday of Palm Sunday show that terrorism does not respect anything holy, or civilizational and cultural values. This is more proof that the international community must stand united in the fight against an evil that stops at nothing," he said in his telegram.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic sent a telegram of condolences to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, his office said in a press release. "We condemn the terrorist attacks on innocent citizens in the strongest terms, and on the Christian holiday of Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of the holy week until Easter," the telegram said. "We express solidarity with the Egyptian people and provide support in the fight against terrorism as the greatest evil of modern times," Dacic's message said. The terrorist attacks on two Coptic churches in northern Egypt killed 43 and injured over 100 on April 9.
SERBIAN OFFICIALS SEND CONDOLENCES OVER STOCKHOLM ATTACK
BELGRADE, 9 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic expressed sympathy to his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven on April 7 over the attack that happened in Stockholm, the Serbian cabinet said in a press release. "We are deeply saddened and horrified by the attack that happened in Stockholm. The innocent victims of this senseless act are, sadly, another indicator that the entire world must be on alert and defending its fundamental civilizational and democratic values," Vucic wrote.
Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic sent a telegram of condolences to Riksdag Speaker Urban Ahlin in response to the attack. "It was with great sadness and anguish that we received the news of the Stockholm attack. On behalf of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and in my own name, I express my deepest commiseration to you, to your parliament and to the families of the victims," Gojkovic's telegram read. At least five people died in Stockholm on April 7 when a truck rammed into a luxury store in the downtown district, Swedish media reported. Lofven has said everything points to a terrorist attack.
VUCIC URGES PRISTINA AND BRUSSELS TO RESUME DIALOGUE
BELGRADE, 9 April 2017 (Beta) - Serbian president-elect Aleksandar Vucic urged on April 8 representatives of Brussels and Pristina to resume dialogue, in order to reduce tensions. "I want us to avoid any incident that might lead to a catastrophe," Vucic said to reporters in Belgrade, adding that he hoped his appeal would be supported by Brussels and Pristina as absolutely necessary for stability and safety. Reacting to a comment by Kosovo MP Daut Haradinay, the brother of Kosovo's former prime minister and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo leader, Ramush Haradinay, wanted by Serbia on war crimes charges, that not a single Serb would remain in Kosovo if his brother was extradited, Vucic said that one warrant for arrest, issued for the most severe crime, could not be a reason to threaten the survival of a people. "Daut Haradinay is not a naive man. Nor are his threats," Vucic said. The Serbian president elect said that at this point the Serbs in Kosovo could feel safe, and that the situation would be monitored closely, and the public informed. In a televised interview with TV Dukadini, aired in the Infobox show, Haradinay threatened war if a court in Colmar, France, decided to extradite Ramush Haradinay to Serbia.
MAY, HOLLANDE CONGRATULATE VUCIC ON WINNING ELECTION
BELGRADE, 7 April 2017 (Beta) - British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Francois Hollande congratulated on April 7 Serbian sitting Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on his victory in the presidential election in Serbia. May voiced the hope that, during his presidential term, Vucic would continue to make headway in dialog with Pristina and in the normalization of relations, which is essential to peace, the Serbian cabinet said in a press release. She reminded that this year was the 180th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and Serbia and described this as a good opportunity to expand all aspects of bilateral relations.
President Hollande wrote in his note of congratulations, delivered by French Ambassador Christine Moro, that Vucic's presidential victory showed strong support among the Serbian people to coming closer to Europe. You know you can count on France's support in that process, and also on assistance to economic development and the lasting stabilization of the Western Balkans. In this sense, Belgrade's efforts in the dialog with Pristina remain essential, the note said.
In the previous days Vucic was also congratulated by Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar, Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajcak, Romanian President Klaus Werner Iohannis, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, etc.