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DAILY SURVEY 04.05.2017.
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SERBIA

DACIC: SERBIA WANTS STABLE RELATIONS IN REGION

BELGRADE, 3 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbia wants stable relations in the region and does not interfere with Macedonia's internal issues, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated on May 3, commenting on the statement by the leader of the Social Democratic Alliance of Macedonia, Zoran Zaev. Dacic said he would monitor the statements from Macedonia and recollected that Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic had stated that the region needed peace. Dacic, who is also the first deputy prime minister, said that Serbia had been very fair to Macedonia, but Macedonia had recognized Kosovo despite that, and that the Serbian government wanted stable relations in the region.

AMFILOHIJE, DACIC IN TEMPLE OF ST. SAVA: DELIVERY OF FIRST PARTS OF MOSAIC IS EXPRESSION OF UNITY

BELGRADE, 3 May 2017 (Beta) – The delivery of the initial parts of the mosaic for the dome of the Temple of St. Sava in Belgrade is the confirmation of "Serbian-Russian friendship and unity", the Metropolitan of the Serbian Orthodox Church Amfilohije and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated at a ceremony in the Vracar quarter of Belgrade on May 3. The metropolitan thanked all those who had made donations for the Temple of St. Sava, and said that the church would be decorated and consecrated in 2019, during the celebration of 800 years since the Serbian Orthodox Church became autocephalous. "We are obliged today to remember all those who have built themselves into this temple and those who will continue to do so," the metropolitan told the congregation, stating that this represented "confirmation of pan-Slavic unity." He said that the first representation that arrived - the Ascension - would be positioned as the centre-piece in the Temple of St. Sava. Amfilohije quoted the Russian writer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who wrote that "beauty will save the world" and added that "here it comes to save us" with the desire for the church "to shine with beauty."Dacic, who is the co-chairman of the Serbian-Russian committee for organizing the interior painting of the Temple of St. Sava, thanked the representatives of the Russian state and church, and said he was honored to attend "the beginning of fulfilling the task we have worked on for so long." Besides Amfilohije and Dacic, the first delivery of the mosaic, depicting the Ascension, which was accompanied by the choir and the sounding of church bells, was attended by the general secretary of the Serbian Foreign Ministry, Veljko Odalovic, who is also a member of the commission for receiving the mosaics, and by numerous church and state dignitaries of Serbia and Russia.

VUCIC: EUROPE'S SILENCE IS WORRYING

BELGRADE, 3 May 2017 (Beta) – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated on May 3 that he was worried because Europe has remained silent to the Albanians' statements. Commenting on the claims of the former leader of the KLA, Ramush Haradinaj, who said that the Serbian prime minister should not be playing with the Albanians, Vucic said that he was not playing with them, that he had extended the hand of reconciliation, but that he could not do that for criminals and rapists. He also stated that the attacks were not against him, but "because they saw the greater strength and energy and the greater power of Serbia." "And that is what should not have happened," Vucic stated. Commenting on the claims by Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, who said that he had never spoken about a Greater Albania, Vucic wondered: "Are we all insane and deaf?" "Who spoke about it? Did we? They (the international community) are all keeping quiet and dare not tell them (the Albanians) anything, or even ask them about the Association of Serbian Municipalities," Vucic said.

FOREIGN MINISTRY TO WORK WITH OPENS 2019 INITIATIVE

BELGRADE, 3 May 2017 (Beta) – The Serbian Foreign Ministry and the OPENS 2019 Initiative, which brings together youth organizations involved in the process of Novi Sad's candidacy for Youth Capital of Europe, will work together in the initiative's international activities, holding conferences and study visits in Serbia and abroad, and in U.N.-organized programs, it said in a May 3 press release. According to the Ministry, Minister Ivica Dacic and representatives of OPENS 2019 arranged the cooperation. In 2016, at a meeting of the European Youth Forum in Varna, Novi Sad was declared Europe's 2019 Youth Capital. The organization bestows the title for one year, during which the Youth Capital stages various activities to showcase the social, political and economic life of young people.

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