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SERBIA

DACIC: SERBIA UNSTOPPABLE ON ITS WAY TO EU

BELGRADE, 10 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on June 10 at the European Forum Wachau in Austria that Serbia was unstoppably on its way to the European Union (EU) and that it would always be, even though in Belgrade's eyes the process had been slowed down for no good reason. "Serbia's entry into the EU is a top priority for my country. We have opened a number of negotiating chapters, and many new ones are ready for discussion. Serbia is unstoppably on its way to the EU. It will always be, even though the process seems to be slowed down for no good reason, and again for no good reason, made conditional on some regional issues," Dacic said, speaking on Serbia's EU accession and the reforms that are supposed to step up the EU integration process for the country. The Serbian foreign minister underlined at the conference "Europe - Closer to its Citizens" that Serbia's was a policy of regional peace and stability. Dacic said that Europe was facing many challenges today, adding that terrorism was the greatest threat, which was bent on destroying not just the values of the European civilization, but also the peace, stability and lives of Europeans. Dacic also said in Wachau that the conference was an excellent opportunity to exchange opinions on the major issues that the European continent was facing as a whole. Europe is exposed to an inflow of migrants, the foreign minister added, suggesting a well-coordinating action by all European states in handling the complex issue. Together with Dacic, the conference in Austria was attended by European politicians and European Commissioner of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

VUCIC: KAZAKHSTAN INTERESTED IN PETROHEMIJA

BELGRADE, 9 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in Astana, on June 9, that Kazakstani companies were interested in the Petrohemija chemical complex in Pancevo, near Belgrade. After a meeting with the Kazakhstani prime minister, Bakitzan Sagintayev, Vucic said that joint actions over the past six months had been analyzed, and that the country's largest gas and oil chemical company had sent a letter of interest in Petrohemija. The Serbian president said that the situation in the Serbian company was better than it had been before, but that selling it was still the best solution. "Those who can get primary petrol and gas at lower prices can run a chemical complex far easier than we will be able to in the future," Vucic explained. Right now, the chemical complex is viable, because of low oil prices, adding that it would not survive a price jump, which is why it is important "to deal with the problem now," the Serbian president said. Vucic said that Serbia's exports to Kazakhstan would grow as the country's investment in Serbia went up. The Serbian president said to his hosts that Serbia had better spas than Slovenia, and that it was building up the missing capacities so that Kazakhstani tourists could visit Serbia instead of the Czech Republic or Slovenia. President Vucic thanked Kazakhstan for not recognizing the independence of Kosovo and decorated the Kazakhstani speaker, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. Vucic added that Serbia felt that Kazakhstan was a true friend and that he expected the Kazakhstani government's leaders to visit Serbia soon. The Serbian president said that PM Sagintayev was invited to attend his inauguration on June 23.

DJORDJEVIC, CHINESE GENERAL: STRENGTHENING COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA, CHINA IN DEFENSE AREA

BELGRADE, 9 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic and head of logistics and supply of the Chinese Central Military Commission Lt. Gen. Zhao Keshi concurred on June 9 in Belgrade that the two countries should in the coming period intensify military cooperation through joint training and exercises. "We recognize the great potential for expanding cooperation in the field of defense and wish to build firm and long-term ties in all areas of joint interest," the minister said. Djordjevic underscored that Serbia appreciated China's foreign policy based on "the principles of peaceful problem solving and respect for all factors in international relations," the Ministry said in a statement. He went on to say that China's peaceble policy was also evident in the country's support to "the legitimate aims of Serbia to resolve the situation in Kosovo and Metohija in a peaceful way, through the diplomatic efforts of Serbian officials." Zhao emphasized the importance of the two countries' traditionally friendly relations from which different forms of cooperation stemmed, and added that China was clearly in favor of strengthening military cooperation with Serbia. Zhao Keshi headed a delegation of the People's Liberation Army of China on a visit to Serbia. Minister of Defense Zoran Djordjevic also met with Chinese Ambassador Li Manchang earlier on June 9.

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