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DAILY SURVEY 09.11.2017.
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BELGRADE, 8 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Nov. 8 recalled Serbian Ambassador to Ukraine, Rade Bulatovic, for consultations regarding the current issues in relations with Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. The press release reads that Serbia had "since the start of the crisis in Ukraine on several occasions pointed out that it respected the territorial integrity of Ukraine" and that it had "taken a number of concrete steps in processing Serbian nationals fighting on foreign battlefields, including Ukraine, thereby demonstrating its commitment to respecting its international legal obligations." Dacic said that it was "a known fact that Ukrainian mercenaries took part in the crimes the Croatian forces committed against the Serbian people in Croatia, which Ukraine, unlike Serbia, has never condemned," but that Serbia "remains devoted to building good relations with Ukraine," adds the press release. Serbia remains committed to building good relations with Ukraine, on the principles of mutual appreciation, and will not allow anyone to make it collateral damage in international relations that have nothing to do with Serbia, reads the press release and recalls that respect for Ukraine's territorial integrity "was proven during Serbia's OSCE chairmanship." According to the release, in the coming days, the Serbian foreign minister will talk with Ambassador Bulatovic about further activities related to relations with Ukraine. Ukrainian Ambassador to Belgrade Oleksandr Aleksandrovych was recalled to Kiev five days ago, for consultations "concerning respect for international law and avoiding the use of Serbian citizens as mercenaries." The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Nov. 8 that Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and the Ukrainian ambassador to Serbia had discussed relations with Serbia, with a special focus on the matter of Serbian mercenaries fighting in Donbass, a region in eastern Ukraine.


BELGRADE, 8 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated in Belgrade on Nov. 8 that Serbia was determined to conduct a "principled and peaceful" policy. "The first foreign political priority of Serbia is full membership in the European Union and we are actively committed to progress in the process of negotiating and the opening of new negotiation chapters. Meanwhile, we are attempting to raise cooperation to the maximum level, both with large countries like the U.S., Russia and China and all other partners in the world, as well as to actively participate in the work of regional and international organizations," Dacic said at the opening of a seminar entitled "Strengthening the institutional cooperation of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) with Serbia and the countries of Central and East Europe and the Francophone possibilities of Serbia", held in the Palace Serbia. He went on to say that Serbia shared "the values of the International Organization of La Francophonie, whose motto is equality, complementarity and solidarity." "We fully support the organization's mission in the domain of improving linguistic and cultural diversity and supporting the study and use of the French language in international relations, but also in the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights and in developing cooperation in the function of sustainable economic development," the Minister stated. Dacic said that Serbia was ready to start the procedure for changing its status in OIF from observer to full member, and that cooperation would be stepped up in the forthcoming period in the fields of "culture, education, science and all other programs of the Organization, with emphasis on contributing to the development of political and economic Francophonie."


BELGRADE, 8 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on Nov. 8 that he expected economic cooperation with the Scandinavian countries to develop further and more investors from that area to come to Serbia. "We appreciate the sincere support to Serbia and its citizens. We can learn a lot from the Nordic countries and we should endorse some of that business spirit, because I am convinced Serbia can move forward and be more successful than it is at present," Vucic stated in the residence of the Finnish ambassador in Belgrade. He recollected that large companies from Scandinavia were already present in Serbia - IKEA, Carlsberg and Tikkurila, but that he would try to attract more investors to Serbia, and that he also expected Serbian companies to appear in the Scandinavian countries. "All that we do in our country - we do to improve our relations with countries in the region and to create better capacities for the preservation of peace and stability. I wish to thank all the Nordic countries for supporting Serbia in European integration," Vucic stated at the gathering which marked 100 years of Finland's independence. Vucic and the ambassadors of Finland, Norway and Sweden, Pertti Ikonen, Arne Sannes Bjornstad and Jan Lundin, planted five birch trees in the yard of the residence, after which the president said birch was the symbol of Finland, but also the symbol of the Finns' friendship with other nations.


BELGRADE, 8 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian and Hungarian interior ministers Nebojsa Stefanovic and Sandor Pinter on Nov. 8, in Budapest, talked about strengthening and intensifying cooperation between the two police forces in combating high-level corruption, organized crime, illegal migration and terrorism. Pinter said that the most important task was to protect the borders, but also to secure winter holiday events against potential terrorist attacks. Stefanovic said that he and his Hungarian counterpart had considered measures for the more efficient suppression of illegal migration, as well as for preventing the possibility of radicalized extremists or criminals entering both countries within the migration wave, reads a statement from the Serbian Ministry of Interior. The minister added that he and Pinter had talked about what the Serbian and Hungarian police forces could do together in order to stop such individuals and ensure maximum safety for the two states' citizens. At the meeting, according to Stefanovic, specific measures were agreed which the two ministries would take in order to obtain more funds within the EU for joint projects that will enable a more effective fight against drug trafficking and ensure the greater security of Serbia and Hungary. The Serbian interior minister described cooperation between the two police forces so far as excellent.


BELGRADE, 8 November 2017 (Beta) - Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin on Nov. 8 met with the chief of general staff of the Armed Forces of Romania, General Nicolae-Jonel Chiuco, and discussed the development of cooperation between the two countries in the field of defense, and the security challenges, risks and threats like terrorism. The two officials also discussed the migrant crisis, which is undermining regional stability, closer cooperation between the two countries' intelligence and security services, and the networking of all countries in the region, the Defense Ministry has stated. They also estimated that cooperation in defense could be characterized as developed, but that room existed for its qualitative and quantitative improvement to which, besides top level talks, joint exercises could contribute greatly. Vulin said the Serbs and the Romanians had good relations, based on traditional friendship and mutual understanding, and invited the Romanian defense minister to visit Serbia. Pointing to the common concern about the inflow of migrants possibly intensifying via the Black Sea - a challenge that can only be met in a concerted effort, Vulin added that more than 100,000 migrants had entered Serbia since the start of the year, and that 4,000 were still in Serbia's territory. General Nicolae-Jonel Chiuco met earlier on Nov. 8 with the chief of general staff of the Army of Serbia, General Ljubisa Dikovic.


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