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SERBIA

VUCIC WITH IVANIC: SERBIA WILL ALWAYS RESPECT DAYTON AGREEMENT

BELGRADE, 6 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said in a June 6 meeting with the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mladen Ivanic, in Belgrade, that Serbia favored the advancement of relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and would always respect the Dayton peace agreement. Vucic and Ivanic reviewed potential joint economic projects and other forms of cooperation between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and discussed the situation in the region, the Serbian Presidency stated after the meeting. The Serbian president underscored that Serbia would always respect the Dayton peace accords and the jointly expressed will of all three constitutive peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina - Serbs, Bosniaks and Croats. He added that Serbia favored the enhancement of political and economic relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, reads the statement. "Good neighborly relations are vital for both the Serbian people in Republika Srpska and Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the Bosniaks and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also for peace and stability in the region," said Vucic.

SERBIAN PM, SLOVAK PARLIAMENT SPEAKER DISCUSS MINORITIES, POLITICS, ECONOMY

BELGRADE, 6 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic had talks in Belgrade on June 6 with the speaker of the Parliament of Slovakia, Andrej Danko, about political and economic relations between the two countries, Serbia's European integration and the status of Serbian and Slovak minorities in the two countries. The Serbian government statement reads that Ana Brnabic assessed the two countries' political cooperation as being at a very high level and that, parallel with this, historically, their two peoples had maintained friendly relations. She said Serbia very much appreciated Slovakia's principled stand about the non-recognition of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo and Metohija, and support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Serbia. Danko cited Serbia's very good approach to the issue of the Slovak national minority, stressing that Serbia was at the forefront in establishing the standards of preservation of languages and cultures of minorities, compared with many other European countries. He said Slovakia strongly supported the continued process of the EU's enlargement in the Western Balkans, and primarily the integration of Serbia, which it considers the key country of the region and Slovakia's strategic partner. He said that, regardless of the current internal problems, the EU was primarily a family of states, in which Slovakia would like to see Serbia before any other country.

KUBUROVIC IN U.N.: NO OPEN ISSUES BETWEEN SERBIA AND MECHANISM

BELGRADE, 6 June 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Justice Minister Nela Kuburovic stated in New York on June 6 that Serbia had fulfilled all its obligations towards the U.N.s' International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Courts and that there were no open issues with the successor to the Hague tribunal. In her address to the U.N. Security Council session, at which the president of the court Mechanism in The Hague, Theodor Meron, and chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz explained their reports about the work of the Mechanism and the prosecution in the past six months, Kuburovic said she expected the cooperation between Serbia and the Mechanism to proceed without problems. She said Serbia had provided the prosecution with access to all documents, witnesses and archives, adding that she would continue her dedication to the prosecution of war crimes, regardless of the nationality of the perpetrators of these "horrible crimes against humanity". Success in that field also depends on regional cooperation, Nela Kuburovic said, adding that this was currently the most visible in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She said the Serbian judiciary in 2017 and 2018 recognized the court verdicts from Bosnia in seven cases and, on their basis, pronounced sentences totaling 104 years in prison, and that all the accused in those processes were Serbs. Commenting on cooperation with Croatia, Kuburovic said two commissions had been formed with the aim of exchanging the lists of the accused and sentenced for war crimes. As for the report of chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz, who welcomed the number of solved cases in Croatia, she said that the largest number of those cases had been solved with the accused in absentia, and wondered whether Serbia would have had a satisfactory number of solved cases if it had implemented the principle of trial in absentia. Commenting on Brammertz's claim that Serbia was not prosecuting its former high officials, Kuburovic said many of them had already been convicted by the Hague tribunal.

STEFANOVIC AND ROSGARDIA DISCUSS COOPERATION IN SECURITY FIELD

BELGRADE, 6 June 2018 (Beta) - A delegation of the Federal Service of the national guard of Russia (Rosgardia) visited Serbia on June 6, and discussed possibilities for joint training and cooperation in the prevention of organized crime and terrorism with Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic. The first deputy director of Rosgardia, Sergei Melikov, said that Russian and Serbian gendarmerie forces could benefit from each other, and that the Russian side was ready to transfer its knowledge in the fields of security to Serbia. He said members of Rosgardia participated in securing all 11 cities in Russia where the World Football Championship would be held. "We are ready to share our experience. We wish the Serbian national football team to show itself in a good light. We want this international holiday (of sports) to be held in dignity. After the world cup, we are ready to share our experience," Melikov said. He stated that Russian side had invited colleagues from Serbia to visit Russia, learn about their center, capabilities and the service, and that joint training and the exchange of cadres could be discussed after that. Stefanovic said the experience of Russian colleagues in the prevention of terrorism, radicalization and organized crime was important for Serbia, as was their work on providing security for the people. He said the exchange of experts and models of future cooperation would be defined in the forthcoming period. The meeting of the delegation of Rosgardia with Stefanovic was also attended by the Russian ambassador to Serbia, Aleksandar Cepurin.

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