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SERBIA

SERBIA ASSUMES CHAIR OF OSCE'S FORUM FOR SECURITY COOPERATION

VIENNA, 6 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic presented the program of Serbia's three-month chairmanship of the Forum for Security Cooperation of the OSCE, in Vienna on Sept. 6, stating that he was convinced Serbia would approach this task with the same dedication as it did when it presided over the OSCE in 2015. In his introductory address at the meeting in Vienna, during which Serbia took over the three-month task from Russia, Dacic said the overall security situation in Europe was still fragile and burdened with multiple challenges, such as the higher degree of radicalization and terrorist activities, great fluctuation of migrants and refugees, abuse of information and communication technologies and illegal drug, arms and human trafficking. He said the OSCE member countries were still looking for the best responses to these challenges, but that it was clear they could be successfully solved only through the joint efforts of all countries. Dacic said the control of armaments and measures for building confidence and security were crucial for security in the region and that the Security Cooperation Forum "with its specific mandate and responsibilities is in a good position to make a significant contribution in this field." He added that, as the presiding country of the Forum, Serbia planned to initiate a dialogue at the joint session of the Forum and the Permanent Council of the OSCE, on the support of security forces to the national authorities in solving the migrant crisis.

VUCIC: SERBIA AND BOSNIA MUST HAVE THE CLOSEST POSSIBLE RELATIONS

BELGRADE, 6 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has stated that Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina must have the closest possible relations, which envisage mutual respect, respect for borders, and the development of and closer ties in economic relations. "That is why I have proposed the creation of an economic zone, because I think we can do many things together regarding customs, taxes and fees... to constitute a common market and a unified environment for attracting foreign investors," Vucic said in an interview to the Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz ahead of his official visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Vucic said the things that divided Serbia and Bosnia at this time were issues from the past and "the passion which usually proceeds from religious orientations." "The future is what brings us together," Vusic said, adding that he knew that 50 percent of Bosniacs still did not trust him "because of the fierce campaign and anti-Serb feeling." Saying that Bosnia's stability was a precondition for stability in the region, the Serbian president stressed that Serbia would do everything for conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina to be avoided. Asked whether that meant that he would distance himself from the statements of RS President Milorad Dodik, who said that he believed that "Serbia and RS will one day become one, in the territorial and state sense," Vucic replied that he had always had great respect for Dodik, as the president of RS, and that institution, and that he did not speak in public against the RS and its president. Commenting on the announced declaration of the Serbs' position in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, Vucic said that this concerned the survival of the Serb people's national identity, and that it was not any kind of new memorandum, like the memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Science from the early 1990s.

STEFANOVIC, FABRIZI: INTERIOR MINISTRY MAKING STRIDES IN REFORMS, AGAINST ORGANIZED CRIME

BELGRADE, 6 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi said on Sept. 6 that the Interior Ministry had made "significant progress" in reforms, the fight against organized crime and terrorism, and border control. The two officials met in Belgrade and said the European Union integration process should contribute to the Interior Ministry operating in line with the best European standards, while honoring key values, structure and work methods, the Interior Ministry said in a press release. "The goal is to ensure internal security, integrate the EU acquis and meet the requirements for EU membership through the process of EU integration," Stefanovic and Fabrizi said. The head of the EU Delegation commended Serbia's "responsibility and solidarity" in the migrant crisis and the actions taken to date to carry out the action plan on Chapter 24, on justice, freedom and security.

BRITISH COMPANIES INTERESTED IN GREATER PRESENCE IN SERBIA'S MINING

BELGRADE, 6 September 2017 (Beta) - The ambassador of Great Britain, Dennis Keefe, stated during a meeting with the Serbian mining and energy minister, Aleksandar Antic, on Sept. 6, that British companies were interested in a greater presence in Serbia's mining industry. Keefe recollected that two companies from the United Kingdom, Mineco and Metalfer, have positive results in Serbia, the Mining and Energy Ministry has stated. The British ambassador stressed that he saw mining as a great possibility for intensifying cooperation with Serbia, adding that a conference on mining would be held in Belgrade in October, in which the UK will take part. According to the statement, the UK is interested in intensifying cooperation in the field of energy, primarily through projects for supporting energy production from renewable sources, with the use of new technology for reducing coal emissions. Antic said it was necessary to improve ;economic relations between Serbia and Great Britain, that he expected the greater presence of British firms in Serbia, and that the Mining and Energy Ministry would support companies from the UK that want to cooperate in projects with Serbian companies.

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