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SERBIA

DACIC: NO CHANGES IN WORK OF GOVERNMENT, ACTIVITIES TO CONTINUE

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) – The acting prime minister of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, stated on May 31 that there would be no changes in the work of the Serbian government, which would continue all its activities. "Every day, we have important political issues which we work and cooperate on. The jobs and addresses may have been changed a little, but the policy remains the same," Dacic told reporters at a cocktail reception in the Serbian parliament, after the outgoing prime minister, Aleksandar Vucic, took office as president of Serbia. Dacic said he would participate in the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg on June 1 and 2, and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dacic also said he would accompany President Vucic to the forum of the Brdo Brioni Process in Slovenia - a gathering of presidents and foreign ministers of the region. Earlier on May 31, the new Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, told Television B92 that he had not yet decided who would be the prime minister instead of him, and urged the media to be "a little more patient."

ALEKSANDAR VUCIC ASSUMES OFFICE AS SERBIAN PRESIDENT

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Aleksandar Vucic was sworn in as president before the Serbian Parliament on May 31. The text of the oath which Vucic took reads: "I swear to invest all my strength in the preservation of the sovereignty and integrity of the territory of the Republic of Serbia, including Kosovo and Metohija as its integral part, and in securing human and minority rights and liberties, abiding by and defending the Constitution and laws, the preservation of peace and the well-being of all citizens of the Republic of Serbia and to fulfill all my duties conscientiously and responsibly." Vucic swore the oath on the Constitution and on a copy of the Gospel of Miroslav. After being sworn in, Vucic signed the text of the oath, which was followed by the national anthem being played. Next, the outgoing president, Tomislav Nikolic, symbolically handed over the presidential insignia - the seal and flag with the large and small coat-ofarms of Serbia, in the building of the Presidency of Serbia. After the handing over ceremony, Vucic and Nikolic shook hands and then had a meeting behind closed doors.

VUCIC: I WANT TO OPEN INTERNAL DIALOGUE ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on May 31, on taking office, that his work would be directed towards the preservation of peace and stability and that with this goal in mind, he would always accept talks with the Kosovo Albanians. "Therefore, peace and stability - what many consider to be just worn-out words without real meaning – will be at the core of my future political action," said the new Serbian president. Referring to the statement that he would preserve the integrity of Serbia, he said he would do that and that accepting the dialogue with the Kosovo Albanians meant "the protection of the Serbs and defending the peace." "I also want to start the internal dialogue regarding Kosovo and Metohija, with all our differences, without prejudice, and all in keeping with the Constitution of our country. We must be frank, to let go of the myth laden approach, but also of giving away easily what we have every right to keep. Our internal dialogue on that issue is, perhaps, more important than the one we should have with the Albanians," Vucic said.

VUCIC: I SHALL CONTINUE WITH POLICY OF NEUTRALITY, WE SHALL NOT ENTER PACTS

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic stated on May 31, on taking office, that he would continue with the policy of military neutrality. "We must have a dialogue with everyone and strengthen our defense capacities, since that is the only way of protection from those who threaten us covertly," Vucic said, adding that Serbia would not enter pacts or take part in operations against other nations, unlike some others who took part in operations against Serbia. He said that, as president, he would attempt to change himself and Serbia, "and encourage every citizen to do the same, just enough for Serbia to become a better, stronger, wealthier and happier country, and for everyone to be more content and more accomplished." Vucic also said that he knew the building of such a wealthier and happier society was not a job for one generation, but that somebody had to start it. "Somebody has to take the first step, take upon oneself that first dash into the future, the first leap across the dangerous abyss, and that someone has no right to think about their fate, or personal benefit, but must make a very deliberate sacrifice, for the people and the country," Vucic said.

VUCIC: THERE HAVE BEEN ENOUGH BURIALS IN THE BALKANS, TIME FOR CHILDREN TO BE BORN

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on May 31 that his message to everyone in the region was to create jobs, because "jobs create children and provide new opportunities." "There have been enough burials in the Balkans, it is time for children to be born... We have destroyed, all of us in the Western Balkans, much, almost everything, and it is time now to build," Vucic said, when assuming presidential duties. President Vucic also said there should be no doubt in the European path of Serbia and the wish to build a democratic society and continue good relations with Russia and China. "We, the citizens of Serbia and the state leadership, are steadfastly guarding and developing the friendship with the Russian people and its leadership," Vucic said, which was welcomed with applause, which Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Cepurin also joined. "I would particularly like to commend President Nikolic, not out of courtesy, but because he had the courage to support the hardest, but purposeful measures which the government had to implement," Vucic said.

VUCIC RECEIVES CONGRATULATIONS ON TAKING OFFICE

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Foreign officials on May 31 congratulated Aleksandar Vucic on his presidential inauguration and oath of office. Belgian king Philippe wished Vucic success in performing his duties, the Serbian government said in a press release. I also wish all your compatriots prosperity and to keep up the friendly relations and cooperation that bind our two countries, King Philippe's message reads. Vucic also received congratulations from the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the UAE vice president and prime minister, Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with their wishes for a successful mandate, well-being and prosperity for the friendly people of Serbia and the further growth of relations. Japanese Emperor Akihito also congratulated Vucic.

DJORDJEVIC AND CONGRESSMEN FROM OHIO: COOPERATION IS GOOD

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic met on May 31 with congressmen from Ohio who paid a one-day visit to Serbia, and discussed relations between Serbia and Ohio, which they said became better through the Program of State Partnership, the Defense Ministry has stated. They said that the Program this year included 29 planned activities. As successful examples, they cited the exercises "Platinum Wolf", "Air Solutions" and "Neighbors", humanitarian aid projects, developing the center for training units for participation in multi-national operations, in Base South, and the trilateral engagement of the medical corps of Serbia, Ohio and Angola. It was announced during the meeting that the commander of the Ohio National Guard, Gen. Mark Bartman, would visit Serbia at the start of June. Visiting Serbia are congressmen from Ohio Michael Turner and Steven Stivers, and the deputy commander of U.S. ground forces in Europe, Major General John Gronski. The minister thanked the congressmen for joining the Serbian Caucus in the U.S. Congress and said he was convinced this would contribute to the further development of cooperation in defense.

SERBIAN, MONTENEGRIN POLICE OFFICIALS INK PROTOCOL ON COOPERATION IN HIGH SEASON

BELGRADE, 31 May 2017 (Beta) - A protocol on cooperation between the police forces of Serbia and Montenegro in the summer tourist season was made official in Budva, on May 31, the Serbian Interior Ministry has announced. Serbian police director Vladimir Rebic and Montenegrin Police Administration director Slavko Stojanovic signed the document. Rebic said the protocol envisages sending Serbian officers to Montenegro to help their Montenegrin colleagues prevent and curb crime. The Serbian police officers will be sent to the regional centers of Budva, Bar and Herceg Novi. Hitherto cooperation between the police forces of Serbia and Montenegro, according to Rebic, has yielded good results in the curbing and prevention of crime.

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