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DACIC: PROSPECT OF EU MEMBERSHIP ENCOURAGES REFORMS, COOPERATION, RECONCILIATION IN REGION

BLED, 5 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said in Bled on Sept. 5 that the prospect of membership in the EU, one of Serbia's foreign policy priorities, gave a strong impetus to the comprehensive reforms that it was carrying out and encouraged reconciliation and regional cooperation in the entire Balkans. An informal meeting of foreign ministers of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP), Dacic said that in comparison with other candidates, Serbia's negotiating process was weighed down by being conditioned on progress in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which was a process that depended on both parties. Dacic hailed the start of the full implementation of the Agreement on Western Balkans Fund and said that for the first time in the region's recent history a road to cooperation between civil society in the areas of culture, science and research, the exchange of youth and strengthening sustainable development had opened. At the first conference of foreign ministers of the Western Balkans Fund in Bled, Dacic voiced his hope that "this important new institution" whose members were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia "will serve to bring the citizens of the Western Balkans together and assist in the region's integration with the EU." During the strategic forum in Bled a meeting of foreign ministers of SEECP was held, where the participants, according to Dacic, did not succeed in agreeing on the next chairmanship over the organization. Dacic added that everyone in the region except for Pristina had supported Belgrade's candidacy to be the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Southeast Europe Transport Community.

DACIC MEETS WITH INDIAN COUNTERPART IN BLED

BLED, 5 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Mobashar Jawed Akbar agreed in Bled, on Sept. 5, on activities between the two countries to boost trade in the next five years to USD1 billion. During the meeting on the sidelines of the Bled Strategic Forum, the officials exchanged opinions on new Indian investments in Serbia, in addition to previous successful investments by the Embassy Group in an IT park project in Indjija. Dacic accepted Akbar's invitation to visit India, especially in the context of the upcoming 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties. Akbar confirmed India's support for Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

VUCIC: DIALOGUE WITH PRISTINA CAN BE LED ANYWHERE UNDER AUSPICES OF BRUSSELS

BELGRADE, 4 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue could be led anywhere, although only under the auspices of the EU. Late on Sept. 4, the president told Happy TV that if the format of the dialogue were to change i.e. new factors were introduced, that the matter would have to be negotiated. Vucic said that an internal dialogue on Kosovo in Serbia needed to be led and that the citizens "will not wake up" with the knowledge that Vucic had recognized Kosovo's independence and that Serbia had gained nothing. Speaking about International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia's convicts, Vucic said that he would request that the ICTY allow Serbian nationals to serve their sentences in Serbia, at Serbia's expense.

MIHAJLOVIC MEETS WITH NEW HEAD OF EU DELEGATION TO SERBIA

BELGRADE, 5 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbia's deputy prime minister, Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic, met on Sept. 5 with the newly appointed head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, Sem Fabrizi, to discuss results in the development of national infrastructure, and achievements in gender equality and improvements in the position of the Roma. Minister Mihajlovic presented the projects carried out by her ministry, ranging from infrastructure projects and the modernization of national railways to talks under Chapters 14 and 21, related to transportation policies and trans-European networks. The head of the EU Delegation said that the EU supported the infrastructure projects aimed at modernizing the country, and that the Union was willing to take part in those projects, while Mihajlovic assured the EU official that all the projects were in line with EU standards.

SERBIA SIGNS MEMORANDUM ON MILITARY TECHNICAL COOPERATION WITH KAZAKHSTAN

ASTANA, 5 September 2017 (Beta) - Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin signed in Astana on Sept. 5 a memorandum of understanding in the area of military technical cooperation with Kazakhstan, saying that the country "is very interested" in modernizing its anti-aircraft systems, which was something that Serbia could secure along with joint ventures in third markets. After meeting with Minister of Defense Saken Zhasuzakov and Secretary of the National Council for the Security of Kazakhstan Vladimir Zhumakanov, Vulin said that the Serbian defense ministry delegation's visit would be a watershed moment for intensifying cooperation in the defense sector. Speaking of Serbia's military neutrality, Vulin said that Belgrade would continue to cooperate both with the NATO pact and the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

TRIVAN: REGIONAL COOPERATION BEGINS IN GREECE

ATHENS, 5 September 2017 (Beta) - Minister of Environmental Protection Goran Trivan said in Athens on Sept. 5 that Serbia "begins regional cooperation starting from Greece," as these two countries "share a deep friendly bond." Among other things, Trivan and his Greek counterpart Sokratis Famellos and minister in charge of agricultural incentives Giannis Tsironis talked about waste, wastewater, climate change and natural disasters. He said that Serbia's "weapon against climate change" would be to foster forests, and that his ministry would support these programs. Trivan thanked Greece for its support in the matter of Kosovo.

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