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DAILY SURVEY 14.06.2017.
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SERBIA

DACIC MEETS WITH NATO PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY'S DELEGATION TO DISCUSS REGIONAL SECURITY

BELGRADE, 13 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbia's acting prime minister, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said at a June 13 meeting with a delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (PA NATO) that Serbia was committed to regional cooperation, in order to preserve stability, adding that the presence of the Kosovo Force (KFOR) should be maintained at the same level, in order to ensure the safety and survival of the Serbian community in Kosovo. Miniser Dacic briefed the PA Committee on Economy and Security about Serbia's EU accession process, regional cooperation and Serbia's relations with Russia and China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. The Serbian foreign minister said that Serbia had a neutral military status, and that the country did not wish to join NATO, nor any other military alliance, but that cooperation with the Alliance had developed successfully through the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program, the Ministry said in a press release. Dacic said to the delegation that Serbia was committed to regional cooperation, in order to preserve stability and overall economic development in the region. The minister said that Serbia's cooperation with KFOR was successful, and that an undiminished KFOR presence in Kosovo was crucial for the Serbian and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo to survive. The delegation was headed by Menno Knip, who also chairs the PA sub-committee on transition and development, and the delegation included the president of the Parliamentary Assembly, Paolo Alli and MPs from the NATO member and partner states.

VUCIC CONGRATULATES PUTIN ON RUSSIA DAY, INVITES HIM TO VISIT SERBIA

BELGRADE, 13 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on Russia Day, on June 13, and invited him to visit Serbia. "I am confident that the traditionally friendly relations, characterized by openness, reliability and the strategic partnership, will continue to develop successfully in the future and in the interest of our peoples and their prosperity," Vucic said in the letter. He added that Serbia highly appreciated and thanked Russia for its help in solving the question of Kosovo and preserving the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, as well as for Russia's incalculable support for Serbia's diplomatic struggle. "I take this opportunity, once more, to express my personal esteem and invite you to visit the Republic of Serbia, where you are always a welcome and highly appreciated guest," Vucic said in his letter.
The acting prime minister and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic sent Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev a letter of congratulations on the Russian national holiday. Dacic said he was certain that the partnership between the two countries, based on centuries of friendship and closeness between the two peoples, would continue to progress, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. He said that his meeting with the Russian prime minister on May 22 had again reaffirmed the closeness in stands on the most important bilateral issues and current international topics.

MAJA GOJKOVIC: SERBIA MAINTAINS NEUTRAL STATUS, DEVELOPS COOPERATION WITH NATO

BELGRADE, 13 June 2017 (Beta) - The Serbian speaker, Maja Gojkovic, said at a June 13 meeting in Belgrade with the president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), Paolo Alli, that Serbia had chosen neutral military status, and that it was developing cooperation with the Alliance within the framework of neutrality, the Office of the Serbian Speaker anounced. Gojkovic said that elections in Kosovo and Metohija were a serious challenge to the Belgrade-Pristina talks, and that Serbia would continue to insist that the agreements reached earlier should be implemented, including the establishment of the Community of Serb Municipalities. The president of the NATO PA, Paolo Alli, said he was confident that Europe would not be complete without the integration of the Western Balkans, commending Serbia for considerable progress in the economy and financial stabilization over the past few years. The NATO PA speaker said that cooperation between the two parliaments was very important, adding that his organization was paying special attention to the Western Balkans, bearing in mind that the stability of the region was important for the stability of Europe as a whole, describing Serbia as a key state. He said that Serbia's cooperation with the NATO organization was very important, given the challenges they share, including terrorism, the migrant crisis, cyber security and other issues. Paolo Alli is visiting Belgrade as the member of a NATO PA delegation, including members of a sub-committee on transition and development of the PA Committee on Economy and Security, working on the report "Economic Transition in the Western Balkans."

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