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SERBIA

DACIC MEETS WITH CYPRIOT FOREIGN MINISTER

BELGRADE, Jully 31 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian and Cypriot foreign ministers, Ivica Dacic and Nikos Christodoulides, confirmed during a July 31 meeting in Nicosia, that Cyprus would not recognize an independent Kosovo, and that Serbia supported the territorial integrity of Cyprus, the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Dacic briefed his Cypriot peer on the status of the Belgrade-Pristina talks, and Christodoulides provided him with an account of the situation in Cyprus. The two ministers discussed bilateral relations, cooperation in international organizations and forums, cooperation between ministries and Serbia's EU accession. Cooperation between the Serbian and Cypriot expatriate communities was also a topic. The Serbian foreign ministry reported that the meeting was the result of arrangements made during President Nicos Anastasiades' visit to Belgrade last May.

SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER, JAPANESE AMBASSADOR: POLITICAL RELATIONS VERY GOOD, ECONOMIC TIES IMPROVING

BELGRADE, July 31 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and Japanese Ambassador to Serbia Junichi Maruyama concurred on July 31 that political relations between Serbia and Japan were very good and on the upswing and that progress had been achieved in economic relations. The two officials said that there was heightened interest on the part of Japanese companies to do business and invest in Serbia. They concluded that economic cooperation should continue through the realization of important investment projects and by opening new prospects for raising the volume of trade, the Serbian cabinet said in a statement. Ambassador Maruyama thanked Serbia for supporting Japan during the catastrophic flooding which recently struck the country. Prime Minister Brnabic stressed that the citizens of Serbia sympathized with the people of Japan and recalled again the selfless help that the government of Japan, and citizens as well, had sent to Serbia with their donations during the 2014 floods.

BRNABIC BLASTS GREAT BRITAIN'S INTENTIONS AS IRRESPONSIBLE AND POLITICALLY INCORRECT

BELGRADE, July 31 2018 (Beta) - On July 31 Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that Great Britain's intentions to sidestep a debate on Kosovo and Metohija during its upcoming chairmanship of the U.N. Security Council in August was irresponsible and politically incorrect. She said that this was irresponsible, especially coming from a country that, in addition to leaving the EU, was insisting on its role in solving problems and regional stability in the Western Balkans and hosting the Berlin Process summit, while describing the situation in Kosovo and Metohija as not relevant enough to be on the agenda of the Security Council's session. "It seems to be irresponsible and politically disingenuous to me. I think that the question of Kosovo is important not just for a long-term normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina, but for overall regional stability as well," she said. According to the media, Great Britain does not want to make a debate on Kosovo and Metohija part of its upcoming chairmanship of the Security Council in August, because it feels that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija is good and that there is no need for a debate.

LONDON: U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL'S WORK PLAN NOT READY YET

BELGRADE/LONDON, July 31 2018 (Beta) - The U.N. Security Council's program for August, the month under British presidency, will be released on Aug. 1, BETA learned from the British Foreign Office on July 31. When asked if media reports that London didn't want a debate on Kosovo and Metohija to be included in the Council's agenda were true, BETA was told that the monthly program would be published on the Council's website on Aug. 1, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Central European Time, and that was all they were able to say at this point. The Vecernje Novosti daily reported on July 31 that Great Britain didn't want to include a debate on Kosovo and Metohija in the U.N. Security Council's agenda as unnecessary, since the situation in Kosovo and Metohija was good. Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that it was quite expected, as Great Britain "is clearly not interested in Serbia's position," while Prime Minister Ana Brnabic described London's decision as politically incorrect and thoughtless.

SERBIA, CUBA SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON LABOR, SOCIAL POLICY COOPERATION

BELGRADE, July 31 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy Zoran Djordjevic and Marta Elena Feito Cabrera, the first deputy minister of labor and social security, signed in Havana a memorandum of understanding on labor and social policy. The Serbian labor ministry quoted Djordjevic as saying that the signing of the memorandum was yet another step to solidify a traditionally close bilateral relationship, established 75 years ago. "Serbia and Cuba have developed cooperation in medicine, culture and sports. Having in mind the bilateral capacities, we have expanded the ties to the domains within the authority of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy," Djordjevic said during a two-day visit to the Cuban capital.

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