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SERBIA

DACIC: KOSOVO STANDS NO CHANCE AT UNESCO, SERBIA TO JOIN EU, IF UNION SURVIVES

BELGRADE, 1 October 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Oct. 1 that Kosovo had not applied for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) yet, but that he was confident it would lose whenever it applied, adding that "not everything can be solved by using force or money." "Kosovo's deadlines at UNESCO are about to expire. They have not applied yet. We are waiting for them. Whenever they do, they should know that they will lose," Dacic said to reporters in Belgrade. In a comment on a recent analysis by French President Marcon and the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, saying that the European Union (EU) should open its doors to the new Western Balkans members by 2025, Dacic said that the European leaders had better discuss their own relations. "It is unclear whether the EU will survive until 2025 or not. If it does, here we come," Dacic said, adding that he "is fed up" listening to the Balkans being described as "savage tribes that someone should let into the EU." Entry into the EU is a political matter, Dacic said, asking if anyone believed that Turkey had deserved to join NATO, but not the EU. "Turkey is a member of NATO, because they need it to be," the minister said. "I think (the EU) needs us. They would rather have us there politically, than face new conflict in the Balkans," Dacic said.

DACIC ON CATALAN REFERENDUM: SERBIA SUPPORTS SPAIN'S INTEGRITY

BELGRADE, 1 October 2017 (Beta) - Serbia supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Spain, alongside the country's unity, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in an Oct. 1 comment on a referendum on Catalan independence. "Our position is clear and firm, and Spain is one of Serbia's biggest friends," Dacic said to reporters in Belgrade, adding that Madrid shared the same view on the territorial integrity of Serbia. The minister urged "all political actors not to toy with the issue," adding that he couldn't understand why some Serbian politicians had visited Barcelona and not Banjaluka. Minister Dacic said that the Serbian stance on Catalan independence coincided with those of European institutions. Dacic added that all unilateral moves contrary to the legal and constitutional system of a state, and made without the consent of the central authorities, constituted a violation of international law. "This can happen to any state. Without international law, there is nothing to protect you but the love and grace of great powers, which is a changeable thing," the Serbian foreign minister warned.

DACIC: STATUS OF RUSSIAN HUMANITARIAN CENTER IN NIS YET TO BE DEFINED

MOSCOW, 29 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbia's first deputy prime minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Moscow, on Sept. 29, that a decision had yet to be made granting diplomatic status to Russia's humanitarian center in Nis. Dacic, who co-chairs the Serbian-Russian Intergovernmental Committee on Economic and Trade Cooperation, said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Rogozin, that Serbia had been under strong pressures over the center in Nis, and that it would decide according to its national interests. "Clearly, there is an anti-Russian hysteria in the West, and everything is being interpreted as Russia's major influence on the region. They believe that it is harmful," Dacic said. The Serbian foreign minister dismissed allegations of the Nis facility being a spy center. Minister Dacic also said that his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, would visit Serbia on Feb. 23, next year, to celebrate in Serbia 180 years of Russian-Serbian diplomatic relations.

ROGOZIN: RUSSIA, SERBIA PREPARED FOR COOPERATION IN INNOVATION, USE OF SPACE

MOSCOW, 29 September 2017 (Beta) - Russia and Serbia are ready to develop cooperation in innovation and the use of space, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, who co-chairs the Serbian-Russian Intergovernmental Committee on Economic Cooperation and Trade, said at a Sept. 29 meeting with his Serbian co-chair, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic. "The agreement is to boost cooperation in new, promising areas, including the localization of Russian industrial production in Serbia and the affirmation of Russian high-tech products in the Serbian market. More specifically, these will include the production of civilian aircraft, technology, innovation and the use of useful space," Rogozin said. The Russian official explained that by "useful space" he meant Russia's satellite-based services, the TASS agency reported. He also said that Russia and Serbia were discussing opportunities to act together in third markets. "We intend to continue our work in the committee, focused on tackling assignments for the Balkans - to solidify the status and role of the Russian-Serbian center in Nis," Rogozin said. Minister Dacic said the up-coming 180th anniversary of the Russian-Serbian diplomatic relations was another reason to deepen cooperation. "We believe that our relations with Russia are a priority," Dacic said, adding that priorities in cooperation existed in the areas of technology, energy and agriculture, the Russian news agency quoted the Serbian foreign minister as saying. The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that an agreement had been made at the meeting in Moscow for the 16th session of the committee to take place in the Serbian city of Novi Sad, in December.

VUCIC: WE MUST NOT FORGET WWII VICTIMS, YET WE NEED TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE

BELGRADE, 1 October 2017 (Beta) - In a speech at the Jajinci memorial park near Belgrade where the people who were executed during World War II were commemorated on Oct. 1, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that the Serbs, Jews and Roma killed by the Nazis during the war should never be forgotten, but that we needed to look to the future. "There are not many words, there is not much to say, and there is no phrase that can mean a lot. Pain, violence - that is Jajinci, the largest graveyard of Nazi victims in Serbia," Vucic said. The Serbian president said that that should be remembered every day, but that Serbia's main task was to invest in life, understanding, peace and the work that peace made possible. President of the Association of Jajinci Camp Prisoners Slavko Milanovic said that all of the horrors that had happened needed to be talked about, lest they should be repeated. President Vucic, Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali, the Vozdovac district chief, Aleksandar Savic, diplomatic representatives and others laid wreaths at the Jajinci monument. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and ministers, the Serbian Speaker, Maja Gojkovic, Serbian army chief of staff General Ljubisa Dikovic, representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church, diplomatic and military-diplomatic representatives from over 20 states, representatives of the National Council of the Roma Ethnic Minority, the Union of Jewish Municipalities, camp prisoners' associations, the Serbian SUBNOR and a large number of war veterans. At the Jajinci military execution site, which is now a large memorial park, the Nazis killed more than 60,000 people from 1941 to 1944 - Serbs, Jews, Roma, member of the liberation movement, anti-fascists and all others who offered active resistance to the occupier. The victims selected for execution were brought in from the Banjica and Staro Sajmiste concentration camp. The memorial park, with a large monument to the victims, was opened on Oct. 20, 1964.

DODIK, VUCIC OPEN HIGHWAY SECTION IN REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

BELGRADE, 1 October 2017 (Beta) - The presidents of Republika Srpska and Serbia, Milorad Dodik and Aleksandar Vucic, opened on Oct. 1 a 10-kilometer stretch of the "January 9" highway, linking Mahovljane and Drugovici in Republika Srpska, the Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The section was opened by a motorcade displaying Serbian and RS flags. President Vucic said that new roads "connect the Serbs on the two sides of the Drina river," as well as Serbia and Srpska with other nations. Vucic said that roads opened new jobs for young people, making it possible for them to remain in their homes of old and save them. The Banjaluka-Doboj highway is expected to be completed next year when and it will connect in the future with Corridor 5c, which will be built in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the Banjaluka-Doboj highway completed, Republika Srpska will have 105 kilometers of highways.

STEFANOVIC, MANZO: SUCCESSFUL SERBIAN-ITALIAN POLICE COOPERATION

BELGRADE, 29 September 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic and Italian Ambassador to Belgrade Giuseppe Manzo said on Sept. 29 that the two countries' police forces were cooperating closely and successfully, but that there was room for new activity in the coming period. According to a press release from the Interior Ministry, Stefanovic pointed out the importance of Serbia's European Union integration and thanked Italy for its consistent support. Ambassador Manzo conveyed an invitation from Italy's minister of internal affairs to a conference in Trieste late in October, to mark the successful completion of an IPA project executed by the ministries of Italy and Serbia. Migration was another topic of the meeting, an issue that both Serbia and Italy have faced for some time.

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