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SERBIA

VUCIC: SERBIA DEVOTED TO PRESERVING PEACE

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Apr. 10 after meeting with Bulgarian President Boyko Borisov in Mostar that preserving peace and stability in the Balkans was the most important thing. Vucic said that at the meeting, which was held ahead of a summit in Sofia called EU - The Western Balkans, it was concluded that "there is plenty of time before that (event)," that "a lot can still happen" until then and that it was important to do everything to preserve peace and stability in the Balkans. He said that any new clashes would ruin economic renewal and everything that had been achieved in the previous period, adding that Serbia would remain devoted to the goals of preserving peace and stability. On Apr. 10 Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic opened the International Economic Fair Mostar, where Serbia is a partner state.

VUCIC: MEETING WITH MERKEL EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, NO CHANGE REGARDING KOSOVO EXPECTED

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on April 10 that an upcoming meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel would be of exceptional importance for the future of Serbia, but that he didn't expect Germany to change its attitude toward Kosovo's self-proclaimed independence. "People in Serbia shouldn't expect too much. If you think that we can change the attitude the United States and Germany maintain toward the independence of Kosovo, that would be lying to the people. I will fight to win something more for our people. I won't sit idle, and I won't give up, I'll keep fighting, but it's not realistic to expect that we can give orders to the great powers," Vucic said in Mostar, after a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. Commenting on Hashim Thaci's words that Kosovo would respond to Serbia's threats the way it did 19 years ago - with guns, Vucic said that in his talks with U.S. representatives he would appeal to them to "explain to those whom they have created" that destabilization served no one's interests. The Serbian president added that the great powers were in constant search of a new conflict location, a place to cross their swords, but it was up to regional politicians to keep them away from the region. Speaking of upcoming foreign policy activities, the Serbian president said he would meet Angela Merkel in a few days, then EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and probably French President Emmanuel Macron. Following are visits by President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

VUCIC: BRUSSELS AGREEMENT DOES NOT ENVISAGE FORMING COMMUNITY ACCORDING TO KOSOVO LAW

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on April 10 that the Brussels Agreement did not state anywhere that the Community of Serb Municipalities would be formed according to Kosovo law and that he was surprised by European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic's statement on that. "I want them to show us where it says that in the Brussels Agreement, I know the Brussels Agreement by heart, it is on the website of the government, president, office, it does not say that anywhere," Vucic told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation and added that the Community would be formed in accordance with the Brussels Agreement, principles and plan. Vucic said that after such statements, it was unambiguous who was a friend to Serbia and who could not be called that.

BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER URGES REGIONAL LEADERS TO BE REASONABLE AND PRESERVE PEACE

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said after an April 10 meeting in Mostar with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic that he feared what direction developments in the Balkans might take in the future, appealing to all regional leaders to be reasonable and preserve peace. "As a citizen of the Balkans, I know how difficult it can be for Vucic, and I am aware of the enormous efforts he has invested in preserving regional peace and continuing the integration process. I hope that our peers in Kosovo will keep on in the same spirit. Provocative acts and conflicts that have emerged lately worry us all, because wounds haven't healed yet," Borisov said at a joint press conference with Vucic. Borisov also said that "there's not too much optimism," but rather the feeling "that something bad might happen." "Only a couple of months ago, it wasn't like that," the Bulgarian PM said. "I'm speaking to the entire region. We need to be reasonable; otherwise, everyone in the Balkans will feel the consequences. A new conflict would affect all the states. The war in the former Yugoslavia pushed Bulgaria back decades," Borisov warned. Borisov said that the EU summit in Sofia, on May 17, would be held "together with the Western Balkan peers," adding that he was confident there would be a way for Kosovo President Hashim Thaci to take part.

COVIC THANKS VUCIC FOR CONTRIBUTING TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC FAIR MOSTAR

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - In a speech at the opening of the International Economic Fair Mostar, Croatian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Covic thanked Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and other Western Balkan leaders attending the event for their contribution to making this year's fair better than the previous ones. "Mr. President, it was with great pleasure that we welcomed your decision last year that Serbia should be a partner state to this event. Over the past few months, you offered another trump card to Mostar and Herzegovina, and today I wish to thank you for everything you have done to strengthen relations between Serbia and Bosnia over the past few years," said Covic, who in an informal tone thanked the Croatian and Bulgarian prime ministers, Andrej Plenkovic and Boyko Borisov, too, as well as the Montenegrin and Republika Srpska presidents, Filip Vujanovic and Milorad Dodik. Covic added that he was confident that relations would develop in the same direction in the future, thanking the Balkan countries for helping Bosnia on its way to the EU, adding that "it's the only way for Bosnia and Herzegovina to become a normal European state in the future." Covic invited the attendants to use the opportunity for solidifying economic ties, specifying that the value of trade between all the states represented at the expo was in the neighborhood of two billion euros.

SERBIAN INTERIOR MINISTER TALKS COOPERATION WITH EGYPTIAN, TUNISIAN AMBASSADORS

BELGRADE, 10 April 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met in Belgrade on April 10 with Egyptian Ambassador Amr Aljowaily to discuss educating Egyptian police and others at the Criminal Police Academy in Serbia. Stefanovic also met with Tunisian Ambassador Seyf Allah Rejeb, with whom he discussed enhancing the fight against organized crime and terrorism.

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