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DACIC, ABDYLDAEV SIGN AGREEMENT ON CANCELING VISAS

BELGRADE, 5 December 2017 (Beta) - Serbian and Kyrgyz foreign ministers Ivica Dacic and Erlan Abdyldaev signed in Belgrade on Dec. 5 an agreement between the two states on canceling visas. At a news conference after the signing, Dacic said that Kyrgyzstan was a great friend to Serbia and that in accordance with that it was necessary to keep developing cooperation. "The agreement on canceling visas, besides a trade treaty, is the best way to show friendship. We have cooperated very well in the past years and it is important that we work on enhancing cooperation... We also discussed honorary consuls, which is important because we do not have embassies," Dacic said. The Serbian foreign minister voiced his gratitude to Kyrgyzstan for respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, recalling that Kyrgyzstan had voted against Kosovo's admission to UNESCO. "We have agreed on my visit to Kyrgyzstan next year, where 20 years of establishing diplomatic ties will be marked on June 25," said Dacic. The Kyrgyz foreign minister added that he had briefed Dacic on the situation in Kyrgyzstan, where elections were held on Oct. 15, stressing that the first peaceful transition of power in that country in the past several years had happened in the wake in the elections.

DACIC MEETS SOUTH AFRICAN REPUBLIC'S DEFENSE MINISTER

BELGRADE, 5 December 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic met on Dec. 5 with South African Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, and the two agreed that bilateral relations had reached a high level, expressing readiness to make them stronger. The South African minister is visiting Serbia, and the Foreign Ministry said the two parties had agreed it was necessary to develop contractual regulations in all areas of mutual interest, especially those to soften the visa regime between the two states. The two ministers exchanged opinions of regional issues and the need to have joint initiatives on a multilateral level, and cooperate more closely within international organizations. Dacic thanked the minister for South African Republic's firm position on respect for international law in the context of Kosovo and Metohija, and, in the same context, the territorial integrity of Serbia as well.

DACIC, SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIAL: GOOD BILATERAL RELATIONS

BELGRADE, 5 December 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and a senior official of the South Korean foreign ministry, Cho Hyun, said on Dec. 5 they were pleased with bilateral relations, confirming readiness to develop them further, economic ties in particular. The South Korean delegation, headed by Cho Hyun, was familiarized with the current situation in Serbia and in Kosovo, as well as the status of the Belgrade-Pristina talks. The South Korean state secretary, whose country recognized an independent Kosovo in 2008, expressed understanding for and support to Serbia's decision to handle the issues related to Kosovo through dialogue and consensus. He also briefed the Serbian foreign minister on the current situation on the Korean peninsula. The two agreed to develop the bilateral dialogue, and repeated invitations for high-ranking officials, especially in the context of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two states. They also praised Korean investment in Serbia, especially by Yura, and the South Korean delegates announced new investment and more dynamic economic ties, the ministry said.

VUCIC, ABDYLDAEV: NO OPEN ISSUES BETWEEN SERBIA, KYRGYZSTAN

BELGRADE, 5 December 2017 (Beta) - During a Dec. 5 meeting in Belgrade, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Kyrgyzstan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Erlan Abdyldaev for his country's firm and consistent support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia, as well as a policy of independence Belgrade had pursued to protect national interests. Vucic also handed the Kyrgyz foreign minister a letter for President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov, congratulating the new president on his election, and inviting him to visit Serbia, the Office of the Serbian President reported. Minister Abdyldaev said a spirit of independence and sovereignty linked the two states, adding that his state wasn't giving up the firm and consistent support to Serbia in defending the principles of international law. The Serbian president and his guest agreed that there were no open issues between Serbia and Kyrgyzstan, and that there was mutual interest in developing the bilateral relationship. Vucic and Abdyldaev discussed cooperation in agriculture, the food sector and the industry, with a wish to strengthen ties in culture and sports, too.

SERBIAN JUSTICE MINISTER MEETS WITH ICTY CHIEF PROSECUTOR IN NEW YORK

BELGRADE, 5 December 2017 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic and Serge Brammertz, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), agreed at a Dec. 5 meeting in New York that the states of the region had to cooperate closely for unresolved war crimes cases to be tried within national legal systems. Ahead of a U.N. Security Council session, Kuburovic discussed with Brammertz the 24th Report on the Work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is also the last. The Serbian minister underscored that Serbia had been committed to processing war crimes since the early days of the court, "both before the tribunal and local judicial authorities," the Ministry of Justice reported. Commenting on a first-degree verdict for Ratko Mladic, the ICTY chief prosecutor "welcomed Serbia's position and reactions by Serbian officials." Brammertz said that Croatia's reactions to a verdict in "the Prlic case" had received a less than positive response from "the Hague tribunal and the European Union alike," the Ministry went on in a press release. The ICTY chief prosecutor reiterated that the court had never made a verdict against a state or a people, but only for a specific individual.

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