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SERBIA

DACIC AND LAMERT STRESS IMPORTANCE OF SERBIA-GERMANY RELATIONS

BELGRADE, 14 June 2017 (Beta) - Acting Prime Minister Ivica Dacic met today with Budestag Speaker Norbert Lamert, who stressed the importance of the reforms in the domain of the rule of law, institutions and an independent judiciary for progress toward the European Union, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated. In their talks, the two men underlined that bilateral relations were very good, and characterized by intensive cooperation in all fields and the regular, high-level dialog. Dacic and Lamert expressed their desire to further strengthen all aspects of cooperation, to which the two parliaments' more comprehensive and deeper cooperation contributed. Dacic expressed thanks for the hitherto support and assistance of Germany in Serbia's Euro-integrations and said he hoped that Germany would steadfastly continue this policy. Lamert also had talks with Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic, about promoting cooperation between the two countries and between their parliaments. On that occasion, Lamert said it was necessary to continue implementing the criteria in the domain of the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, and in the struggle against corruption, adding that the role of parliament was crucial in those reforms.

VUCIC AND ALI DISCUSS STABILITY AND COOPERATION DEVELOPMENT IN REGION

BELGRADE, 14 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, Paolo Ali, discussed the preservation of stability and development of cooperation in the region, in Belgrade on June 14. They concurred that the participation of the Serbian parliament's delegation in the annual session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, in the capacity of associate country, contributed to mutual understanding and trust. Vucic thanked KFOR for its role as the guarantor of security in Kosovo. He said that Serbia remained militarily neutral, but that this position did not pose an obstacle to the development of partner relations with NATO within the mechanisms of the Partnership for Peace, in the interest of strengthening stability, especially in the Western Balkans, the statement reads. Paolo Ali declared his support of the efforts Serbia was investing in the preservation of stability and in the development of cooperation in the region. He said he was pleased that dialogue at the highest level between Serbia and NATO had intensified in the recent period, with respect of Serbia's position regarding military neutrality.

VUCIC UNVEILS MONUMENT TO HERO FROM KOSARE

BELGRADE, 14 June 2017 (Beta) - In the town of Debeljaca on June 14, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic unveiled a monument to Tibor Cerna, one of the fallen heroes of the Army of Yugoslavia, at Kosare in 1999. Vucic unveiled the monument together with the mother of the soldier, Kata Cerna. Besides Vucic, wreathes were also laid at the monument by representatives of the Serbian government, the local authorities, the Defense Ministry, the Army of Serbia, and the Federation of Veterans' Associations, who were the initiators of erecting the monument to Tibor Cerna. Tibor Cerna (21) was a soldier of the 125th Motorized Infantry Brigade of the Army of Serbia, who was killed as a platoon commander while defending the Kosare border outpost, near Djakovica, during the NATO bombing in 1999. According to the testimony of the soldiers from his unit, on April 27, 1999, Cerna voluntarily left cover in order to lure an enemy sniper out, who was probably a member of the French Foreign Legion and had been posing a real problem for days. Upon leaving cover in a trench, Cerna received a bullet in the chest, but remained on his feet regardless, until the next bullet hit him in the neck, which was the first time the sniper shot twice from the same position. That enabled the sniper of the Army of Yugoslavia to discover the enemy and liquidate him. Cerna was buried in the town of his birth at the start of May, and was decorated with the Medal of Merit of the First Order in the field of defense and security.

FRENCH AMBASSADOR CALLS FOR CONTINUED BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOG

BELGRADE, 14 June 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on June 14 received French Ambassador Christine Moro on a farewell visit, who sought the continuation of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and the development of the rule of law. Moro said France strongly supported Serbia's European path and the policy of regional stability conducted by Vucic, and thanked him for the support provided by the president and government of Serbia during her assignment, the Presidental Office stated. During the talks, they concurred that joint interest existed to further intensify cooperation in all fields, and said they hoped that economic cooperation, for which numerous possibilities existed, would continue to grow, the statement reads. Vucic thanked Christine Moro for the good and effective cooperation, and for contributing to the improvement of relations between Serbia and France with her efforts and great diplomatic experience. The Serbian president said that, during Ambassador Moro's diplomatic mandate, there were numerous visits by top officials of the two countries, and several joint infrastructure and economic projects were initiated.

SERBIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IN BELARUS FOR MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN CSTO

BELGRADE, 14 June 2017 (Beta) - While in Belarus, Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic announced more active participation by his ministry and the Army of Serbia in the work of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Serbian ministry said in a June 14 press release. After visiting the participants in the Slav Brotherhood 2017 exercise, carried out by soldiers from Belarus, Russia and Serbia, he said boosting the operative and functional capacities of the military was the Defense Ministry's fundamental goal. "One of the steps in that direction is more active participation in the work of the CSTO. That is why we intend to move from the status of observer in that organization to the level of active participation in the near future," said Djordjevic. CSTO was founded in 2002 and this regional league, besides Russia, includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, while Serbia and Afghanistan have observer status. Serbia is neutral and cooperates with NATO within the Partnership for Peace program. The Slav Brotherhood exercise began on June 6 and ends on June 15, taking place at the training grounds of the Belarussian armed forces near the city of Brest. The purpose of the drills is to advance interoperability, mutual understanding and the ability to execute multi-national operations. The exercise includes around 400 members of the Belarussian army, 250 members of the Russian armed forces and 50 members of the Special Units of the Army of Serbia. Djordjevic visited the Brest Fortress memorial complex and brought a wreath to place on the monument to the fallen protectors of the Brest Fortress.

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