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SERBIA

DACIC: UKRAINE'S AMBASSADOR BACK TO HIS POST IN SERBIA ON NOV. 12

BELGRADE, 10 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Nov.10 that the Ukrainian ambassador to Serbia, Oleksander Aleksandrovich, would return to his diplomatic post in Belgrade on Nov. 12, and that Serbia would then decide if it would send its ambassador back to Kiev. "We wish to maintain good relations with Ukraine. Some disturbances did occur, and I want to make it very clear that Serbia respects the integrity of Ukraine. Ukraine's ambassador will return to Serbia on Nov. 12, and we will consider returning our ambassador," Dacic said at a press conference after a joint session between the Serbian and Republika Srpska governments in Belgrade. Minister Dacic said earlier this week that the Ukrainian diplomat had said that he was going to Kiev for consultations, and that the Ukrainian foreign ministry had notified him that Aleksandrovich would not be in the country. Ukraine had decided earlier in November to withdraw the country's ambassador for consultations in Kiev, and Serbia did the same on Nov. 9. Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed concerns over illegal contacts between Serbian representatives and Crimea, and said that it hoped that Serbia would commit fully to respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

BRNABIC: SERBIA WISHES TO MAINTAIN SPECIAL RELATIONS WITH REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

BELGRADE, 10 November 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Nov. 10 that Serbia wished to maintain special relations with Republika Srpska. After a joint session of the two governments in Belgrade, on Nov. 10, the Serbian prime minister said that a declaration on the survival of the Serbian nation was under way, and that she hoped that it would be presented soon. Speaking on the results of the joint session, Brnabic said that four cooperation agreements had been signed by Serbia and Srpska. "Preparations for the session were quite extensive, as it was not merely protocol, but there were concrete projects and proposals for things that were are already working on and will in the future. We will try to make these sessions more regular, because there are many connections between us," Brnabic explained. The prime minister said that the government which she was head of would step up cooperation with the Bosnian Serb entity. Her RS counterpart, Zeljka Cvijanovic, said that 30 conclusions were passed at the Nov. 10 session.

DODIK, VUCIC, BRNABIC, CVIJANOVIC DISCUSS COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA, REPUBLIKA SRPSKA

BELGRADE, 10 November 2017 (Beta) - The presidents of Serbia and Republika Srpska, Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik, as well as prime ministers Ana Brnabic and Zeljka Cvijanovic discussed bilateral cooperation and economic ties in Belgrade, on Nov. 10. President Dodik said to reporters after the meeting that they had discussed the results of bilateral ties so far, and plans for 2018. The Republika Srpska president also said that the Bosnian Serb entity was prepared to assist the reconstruction of schools and kindergartens in Serbia, and that a relevant decision would be made subsequently. The political situation in the region was also discussed at the meeting. "Serbia is an indispensable factor in preserving stability," Dodik said, adding that RS "is by Serbia's side."

SERBIAN, REPUBLIKA SRPSKA GOVERNMENTS SIGN FOUR DOCUMENTS IN BELGRADE

BELGRADE, 10 November 2017 (Beta) - After an 8th joint government session on Nov. 10, the ministers of Serbia and Republika Srpska signed four cooperation documents. An agreement on cooperation in infrastructure was signed by Republika Srpska's Minister of Economic Relations and Regional Cooperation Zladan Klokic and Serbian Minister of the Economy Goran Knezevic. Serbian Minister of Culture and Information Vladan Vukosavljevic and RS's Minister of Education and Culture Dane Malesevic signed a memorandum of cooperation for the period between 2017 and 2021. An air transport agreement was signed by Republika Srpska Minister of the Interior Dragan Lukac and Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin. A memorandum of cooperation in postal services and telecommunications was signed by Serbian Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic and Srpska's Minister of Transportation and Communications Nedjo Trninic.

OFFICIALS PLACE WREATHS AT MEMORIAL OSSUARY IN REMEMBRANCE OF WORLD WAR I KILLED

BELGRADE, 11 November 2017 (Beta) - On Nov. 11, in honor of Armistice Day, representatives of the Serbian government, foreign embassies and veterans' associations placed wreaths at the Memorial Ossuary commemorating the casualties of World War I, at Belgrade's Novo Groblje cemetery. There was a commemorative event at the cemetery, which opened with the Serbian anthem. Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' and Social Affairs Zoran Djordjevic said the Serbian army had stretched beyond its capabilities in the war and greatly contributed to victory. Djordjevic said the Serb people suffered greatly in World War I and had made, in proportion to its population, one of the greatest sacrifices of the war. He said Serbia lost approximately 60 percent of its male population in the war.

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