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SERBIA

VUCIC, DODIK ON DEVELOPMENT OF SERBIA-RS RELATIONS

BELGRADE, 18 January 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met with Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik on Jan. 18, to discuss ways to further boost relations between Serbia and RS. Vucic and Dodik discussed further cooperation and relations and the construction of a highway to link Belgrade and Banja Luka, Herzegovina and eastern Republika Srpska with Serbia, according to a news release from Vucic's office. They also discussed other important national issues, including a joint Declaration on "the survival" of the Serb nation, a draft of which should be completed by the Statehood Day on Feb. 15, 2018, the statement said.

DJORDJEVIC, FRENCH AMBASSADOR ON FUTURE SOCIAL INSURANCE COOP

BELGRADE, 18 January 2018 (Beta) - Labor, Employment and Veteran and Social Affairs Minister Zoran Djordjevic on Jan. 18, met with French Ambassador Frederic Mondoloni to discuss cooperation in the area of social insurance. They also discussed joint celebration of the end of World War I and the reconstruction of the memorial of gratitude to France, erected at the Kalemegdan Park to honor French friendship and aid during World War I. Djordjevic and the new French ambassador also discussed the future formalization of cooperation in the field of social insurance, as well as other ongoing joint projects, according to a release from the ministry. Mondoloni said he was happy to serve his mandate in Serbia, adding that establishing cooperation in the prevention of discrimination would be of special interest in the coming period, the statement said.

EU: VUCIC, THACI AGREE TO RESUME DIALOGUE, EULEX PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO IVANOVIC MURDER INVESTIGATION

BRUSSELS, 18 January 2018 (Beta) - The president of Serbia and Kosovo, Aleksandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci, agreed for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue to continue and for the investigation into the murder of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic to be carried out in cooperation of the judicial and police authorities of both sides, the spokesperson of the European Commission (EC), Maja Kocijancic, stated on Jan. 18. Kocijancic told reporters at a regular briefing in Brussels that the police and judicial mission EULEX in Kosovo was supporting the investigation into Ivanovic's murder. This was her reply to a question on whether EULEX, as the largest judicial and police mission of the EU, was participating in the investigation into the murder of one of the Kosovo Serb leaders, or it could only act with consent of the authorities in Pristina. To the repeated question, Kocijancic replied that EULEX was providing support to that investigation. She said that Vucic and Thaci discussed the murder of Ivanovic and that it was important to investigate the case and bring the perpetrators to justice, through cooperation of the two sides' security forces. In that regard, it is important for the Kosovo police and judiciary that the investigation be carried out in accordance with the agreement on the judiciary and the police reached in the dialogue, she stated. Immediately after the murder of Ivanovic, the EU stressed that EULEX would support the investigation into that crime, Kocijancic reiterated.

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