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SERBIA

DACIC: PAPUA NEW GUINEA REVOKES DECISION TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO' INDEPENDENCE 

BELGRADE, 5 July 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic said on July 5 that Papua New Guinea had canceled an October 2012 decision to recognize Kosovo as an independent state. "This is the sixth country that has withdrawn its recognition of Kosovo. These six countries have a total surface of 800,000 square kilometers, 25 million people and 6 out of 193 vote in the U.N.," Dacic said at a ceremony marking the government's first year in office in Subotica. Dacic showed journalists the note from Papua New Guinea and said that it was often said that the countries that had revoked their recognition of Kosovo were small or insignificant. "How were these countries important when they were recognizing Kosovo and how come they are not when recalling their decisions," the Serbian foreign minister said. He said that Serbia was not fighting Pristina but those that supported Kosovo. "We are not fighting against Pristina. You know who were are fighting against, their mentors and guardians," Dacic said. Dacic said last week that another country had withdrawn its recognition of Kosovo but declined to say which until an official note arrived. He said that as soon as a country withdrew its recognition of Kosovo's independence, Western diplomats and Kosovo Foreign Minister Bexhet Pacolli went there to try to talk them out of doing so.

VUCIC: I WILL MEET WITH XI JINPING AND ASK HIM FOR A LARGE PROJECT 

BELGRADE, 5 July 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic stated on July 5 that he would meet with Chinese President XI Jinping in China at the end of summer or the beginning of autumn, and ask him for a large project. "I will ask him again for something for our country. President Xi is a true friend of our country and, so far, every time we asked him for something, he did it for Serbia," Vucic told reporters in Smederevo, after a visit to the hot rolling plant of the "HBIS Group Serbia" steelworks. Vucic said that he "has an idea" which he had to consult Prime Minister Ana Brnabic about, so as to prepare for the meeting with the Chinese president. He said that, when he goes to China for talks with Xi Jinping and his associates, he always tells them that he will not leave before they promise him something, that he then waits for their reaction and that when he sees them smiling, he knows that they will come to Serbia. Vucic also said that he was meeting Chinese Ambassador Lee Manchang twice a week in Belgrade, to discuss various topics and projects, and that he would have more conversation topics if the Chinese make the best offer for strategic partner for the Bor Mining and Smelting Basin (RTB Bor). "Then the Chinese will spread from Smederevo to Bor," Vucic pointed out.

VUCIC, DITTMANN: RELATIONS BETWEEN SERBIA AND GERMANY THE BEST EVER 

BELGRADE, 5 July 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on July 5 received the German ambassador to Serbia, Axel Dittmann, on a farewell visit, and thanked him for the "dedicated diplomatic experience with which he contributed to the improvement of relations between Serbia and Germany." The office of the president has stated that they concurred that Serbia and Germany had the best relations in their history, characterized by a high level of mutual trust, proof of which were the numerous visits of the two countries' highest officials. Vucic stressed that there was great momentum in economic cooperation and that he believed the increased number of German investments was the reflection of the changed image of Serbia and its better reputation in Germany. He thanked the German companies for providing almost 50,000 jobs in Serbia, saying that he hoped their experience would contribute to greater interest in investing in Serbia. Dittmann said it was an honor for him to represent Germany in Serbia, and stressed that Germany strongly supported Serbia's European path and the policy of regional stability, and underscored the need for improving the rule of law within the reforms for membership in the EU. President Vucic particularly stressed the importance of the Berlin Process, initiated by Chancellor Merkel, for peace and stability in the Western Balkans. He added that Serbia was working on a compromise solution for Kosovo and Metohija, for the sake of a peaceful future of the country and the region, which would at the same time protect the state and national interests. Ambassador Dittmann is to take a new post in the German Foreign Ministry.

BRNABIC: I AM VERY PLEASED WITH GOVERNMENT, WHICH WORKS AS A SERVICE FOR PEOPLE 

BELGRADE, 5 July 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic stated on July 5 that the Serbian government was a service for the citizens, that she was very pleased with the results of its work, that they had moved the country and society forward during the past year and that it would continue to work on faster economic growth, the population's living standard and the modernization of society. During the ceremony that marked the first year of work of her government, she said the entire Serbian government and all ministers had worked hard and with dedication, and accomplished numerous results as a team and with the support of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. She stressed that the government continued to work on the most important foreign policy goal - full membership in the EU, that it remained dedicated to developing international relations and that a number of significant leaders visited Serbia in the past year, which was proof of Serbia's reputation in the world. She said that six countries had revoked their recognition of independence of the so-called state of Kosovo, stressing that Serbia remained committed to its policy regarding Kosovo and Metohija and to honest dialogue as the only way for reaching a sustainable compromise. The prime minister recollected that Serbia was the 43rd out of 190 countries on the World Bank's Doing Business List, which is "the best position ever", and that the World Bank had declared Serbia a leader in reforms in South East Europe. She said that, in the next year of its mandate, the Serbian government would work on quicker economic growth, the population's living standard, digitalization, the modernization of society, the continued reform of education, health, the restoration of culture, European integration and regional stability and cooperation. Brnabic pointed out that the government was working as a service to the citizens, recollecting that, during the 365 days of work of her government, pensions and salaries in the public sector had been increased, with continued economic reforms, the reform of public governance, maintained financial discipline and continued important infrastructure projects, more than 71 billion dinars invested in road and railway transport, the completion of the Clinical Center Nis, the opening of the National Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade and the reconstruction of the gallery of the Serbian Matica Srpska Cultural and Publishing Society in Novi Sad.

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