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DAILY SURVEY 01.06.2018.
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BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on May 31, a day after the attack on Serbs in Staro Gracko, that it was the obligation of the international community to protect the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija. Commenting on the statement of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama about Kosovo being a good example of the good treatment of national minorities, Dacic said that this treatment was reflected "in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Serbs and the burning of churches and monasteries." "What we can do is protest, but that won't make things better. The question is, what will the international community do?" Dacic told reporters in Belgrade after the meeting with June Soomer, the general secretary of the Association of Caribbean States. There was a conflict between Serbs and Albanians in the village of Staro Gracko on May 30 and three Serbs were injured during a police intervention, of whom two were children who sustained injuries from pepper spray. The police stated that there had been an argument between several persons in Staro Gracko, which they went to investigate after a report and found the suspects acting violently and aggressively.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Foreign and interior ministers Ivica Dacic and Nebojsa Stefanovic met on May 31 to discuss strengthening joint efforts to prevent Kosovo from joining Interpol. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Dacic and Stefanovic had arranged further steps and strategic directions for coordinated action "in this area of exceptional importance in the context of defending Serbia's interests with regard to Kosovo and Metohija." "A readiness was stressed for continuing the maximum mobilization of available capacities for the purpose of opposing unilateral attempts of so-called 'Kosovo,' to, contrary to the U.N. Charter and Security Council Resolution 1244, as well as the statutory documents and resolutions of Interpol itself, gain membership in this organization," a statement said. The ministries agreed on intense coordination in using international police cooperation instruments and engaging Serbia's network of diplomatic and consular missions in representing Belgrade's stances on the negative effects of Kosovo's possible membership in Interpol. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Dacic, Stefanovic and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications Rasim Ljajic had met and that they had arranged concrete proposals for enhancing the model of visa liberalization, in accordance with the legal regulations that regulate this question.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Belgrade on May 31 that Serbia respected the territorial integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina but also its own special relations with Republika Srpska. After a May 30 statement by RS President Milorad Dodik that RS and Serbia should unite into a single country "in the next several decades," Dacic said that Bosnia and Herzegovina needed to respect the interests of all of its constituent peoples. On May 30 Dodik said during a lecture at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade that "RS and Serbia should complete their unification into a single territory in this century or the next decade." At a news conference in Belgrade after meeting with Association of Caribbean States Secretary General June Soomer, Dacic added that "it is cynical that Serbia is constantly being asked to comment on Dodik, while no one in Europe is commenting on [Albanian Prime Minister Edi] Rama's statements. On May 30 Rama said that 'no one wants a Greater Albania but if someone is constantly crying: 'wolf' they might summon one'." "No one is questioning what the Albanians are doing. They are canceling border checks and we are being questioned about Dodik," the Serbian foreign minister said, adding that he was puzzled by how the cancellation of the Kosovo border with Albania would affect visa liberalization. According to him, Kosovo "is a failed project" which "ought to worry those who created it the most." "That problem will knock on the doors of each of of them," Dacic said.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic talked in Belgrade on May 31 with the speaker of the National People's Assembly of Guinea-Bissau, Cipriano Cassama, about strengthening cooperation and about Kosovo. Dacic said the two countries' traditionally friendly relations dated back to the time when the people of Guinea-Bissau were fighting for freedom and of cooperation within the Non-Aligned Movement, stated the Foreign Ministry. Dacic informed the guest from Guinea-Bissau about Serbia's policy regarding Kosovo and attempts for a solution to be found through negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina, under EU auspices, and reiterated that unilateral acts were absolutely unacceptable for Serbia. Cipriano Cassama said that his country would not accept the independence of Kosovo, that it respected the territorial integrity of Serbia, and that Serbia, which it considered unified and indivisible, with Kosovo as its integral part, could count on understanding, support and solidarity, the statement reads.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic met in Belgrade on May 31 with Guinea-Bissau Parliament Speaker Cipriano Cassama, who is also the president of the executive committee of the African Parliamentary Union, to talk about improving bilateral cooperation. Vucic said that Serbia was committed to developing friendly cooperation with Guinea-Bissau and other African states, based on firm ties from the past, which had been built through the Non-Aligned Movement, the Presidency said in a statement. He said that Serbia appreciated the freedom-loving spirit of African countries and the independence that they showed in making decisions, the statement said. Guinea-Bissau's speaker said that Serbia, in accordance with the principles of international law and U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244, was to his country a unified and indivisible country. Cassama said that his country strongly appreciated Serbia's attitude toward African countries and that they were interested in every form of cooperation, especially economic. The Serbian president announced the appointment of Serbian ambassador to Guinea-Bissau on a non-residential basis, to improve communication. The two officials also arranged the participation of students from Guinea-Bissau in a scholarship program called The World in Serbia.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the speaker of the Parliament of Ghana, Aaron Mike Oquaye, talked in Belgrade on May 31 about the development of cooperation between the two countries and concurred that excellent possibilities existed in the fields of energy, agriculture and construction. Vucic and Oquaye concurred that the years-long friendship, built in the past through joint activities within the Non-Aligned Movement, represented a firm basis for strengthening all forms of ties between Serbia and Ghana, and other African states, especially in the field of economy, the Serbian Presidency stated after the meeting. Vucic informed the guest from Ghana about Serbia's position regarding the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, and the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and said he hoped that Ghana, as a friendly country, would consider its position regarding the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo. According to the statement, the Serbian president said he was looking forward to the continuation of the good practice of students from Ghana studying at universities in Serbia, within the program The World in Serbia, and proposed the establishing of cooperation between the two countries' institutions of higher education, especially in the area of information technologies.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said during her on May 31 meeting with the representative of the Association of Caribbean States, June Soomer, that she was looking forward to Serbia's inclusion in projects of this association of Latin American states, primarily in the fields of culture and education. "Serbia is primarily interested in strengthening cultural ties and cooperation in the area of education, and Serbia will consider possibilities for providing scholarship grants for a certain number of students from the Caribbean states," Brnabic said. The prime minister thanked the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean for not recognizing the independence of Kosovo, the Serbian government stated. Brnabic said that, by signing a cooperation agreement with the Association, Serbia had shown readiness to further develop friendly relations with traditional partners in Latin America, and to establish a more intensive political dialogue with the Caribbean states. Commenting on the signed agreement, Soomer said she expected the plans for cooperation and the participation of Serbia in the Association to be defined within the next three years, but that much more important than this was the establishing of concrete connections between the peoples and the renewal of relations with traditionally friendly states, such as Serbia.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Romania supports Serbia's European integration and during its chairmanship over the EU next year it will focus on the integration of the countries of the Western Balkans with the EU, Serbian Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin said during a visit to Bucharest on May 31. "Wherever Romania has a voice, it is as if Serbia, too, has one. Wherever Romania has room to speak about what bothers Serbia, what Serbia believes to be an injustice, what Serbia believes needs to be done differently and better, Romania is ready to be our guardian in the EU and in all of the other organizations that it belongs to and Serbia does not," Vulin said after meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. Vulin and Dancila agreed, according to a statement released in Belgrade, that Serbia and Romania were guarantors of peace and stability in the Balkans. "Once again we have confirmed Romania's principled position, where the question of Kosovo and Metohija is concerned, and their strong support for international law and Resolution 1244 and, of course, talks as the only model that has Romania's and Serbia's support where the question of Kosovo and Metohija is concerned," the minister said. Vulin also met with Romanian Defense Minister Mihai-Viorel Fifor to discuss military and economic cooperation. According to a statement from the Serbian Ministry of Defense, Vulin also said that Romania supported Serbia's policy of military neutrality.


BELGRADE, 31 May 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Zoran Djordjevic met on May 31 with Italy's new Ambassador to Belgrade Carlo Lo Cascio, who said, according to a statement, that Serbia was a country with great potential for developing cooperation with. The ambassador said that he would work on continuing to improve cooperation between Serbia and Italy. "Our wish is to devote more attention to Italian investors so that we can improve relations that are a joint interest. Serbia has a positive business climate for expanding the business dealings of foreign investors," Minister Djordjevic said.


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