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SERBIA

PM DISCUSSES JADAR PROJECT WITH RIO TINTO REPS

BELGRADE, August 2 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic on Aug. 2 met with representatives of Rio Tinto, a global mining group focusing on finding, mining and processing mineral resources, to discuss the Jadar project for exploring a lithium-borate deposit near Loznica, according to a statement from the government. Brnabic and Bold Baatar, CEO in charge of energy and minerals at Rio Tinto, and Stephen McIntosh, executive for development and innovation, said that the Jadar project was extremely important for the company and Serbia, as the deposit site near Loznica was expected to make it possible to use jadarite, a new silicate mineral, in the production of lithium and borate. Brnabic recalled that the government had set up an interdepartmental working group to work with the investor on all aspects of the project development to ensure maximum benefits from this important investment for the local economy, and that the benefits are present in each phase of project implementation. Rio Tinto's representatives said that they saw Serbia as an attractive investment location and expressed gratitude on the support so far of the government and the local government, the statement said. Rio Tinto has so far invested more than USD100 million in the Jadar project, planning to launch production in 2023/2024.

DJURIC EXPECTS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY'S REACTION TO MAJKO'S STATEMENT

BELGRADE, August 2 2018 (Beta) - Office for Kosovo and Metohija Chief Marko Djuric in Belgrade on Aug. 2 said he expected a reaction from the international community to a statement by Albanian Minister for Diaspora Pandeli Majko that the border between Albania and Kosovo would cease to exist as of Jan. 1, 2019. Djuric described the statement as irresponsible, and said that it served only to additionally worsen the already fragile relations in the region. "Enver Hoxha is dead. There is and there will be nothing of 'a Greater Albania,'" Djuric said, adding that there existed no border between Albania and Kosovo, only a 111-kilometer border line between Albania and Serbia. Djuric protested the fact that the international community was not reacting to the "fear-mongering" and "threatening" messages coming daily from various Albanian representatives. Nenad Popovic, minister without portfolio in the Serbian cabinet and leader of the Serbian People's Party, said Serbia had to issue an immediate and strong demand that the Albanian government annul the decision to allowing opening borders between Albania and Kosovo. He described such a decision as "a hostile act by (Albanian Prime Minister) Edi Rama" and proof of the existence of a plan for the creation of "a Greater Albania." He added that, unless Albania canceled the decision, Serbia should recall its ambassador from Tirana and reconsider future diplomatic relations with Albania.

DJURIC KOSOVO AND METOHIJA WILL BE DEBATED IN U.N. REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE BRITISH WANT

BELGRADE, August 2 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Office for Kosovo and Metohija Chief Marko Djuric on Aug. 2 said it was very important to discuss Kosovo and Metohija in the U.N. Security Council, adding that Kosovo and Metohija would surely be debated in the council in the future. Commenting on the decision by the United Kingdom, which holds the presidency of the U.N. Security Council in August, not to discuss Kosovo and Metohija in August, Djuric described the decision as a diplomatic mobilization of those supporting Kosovo's independence. "Attacks on (Serbian President Aleksandar) Vucic are solely motivated by his attempts to resolve the issue of Kosovo and Metohija. Both he and Serbia face opposition from those favoring the strengthening of Albania's position by not resolving problems, and what we see is a diplomatic mobilization of those who backed unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo in 2008 and before," Djuric said. He also said that much inconsistency could be seen as, on the one hand, a more intense dialog in Brussels was required, while on the other hand, the Kosovo and Metohija issue should not be discussed in the U.N. "Anyone familiar with the situation in Kosovo and Metohija knows how important it is to discuss the fate of our people in the U.N.'s highest forum, and it will be discussed in the future regardless of what the British want," Djuric stressed.

DRECUN CALLS UK'S DECISION NOT TO DEBATE KOSOVO AND METOHIJA AT SECURITY COUNCIL SESSION IRRESPONSIBLE

BELGRADE, August 2 2018 (Beta) - The United Kingdom's decision to exclude a debate on Kosovo and Metohija from the U.N. Security Council session in August was irresponsible and in violation of the Charter of the U.N. and international law, Milovan Drecun, chairman of the Serbian parliament's Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, said on Aug. 2. "It is an attempt to finalize what they want, that is, to fully withdraw the U.N. from Kosovo," Drecun told N1 TV. He further said that such an act by the UK was completely contrary to what could be recently heard from U.S. and French officials saying that their countries were ready for compromise solution. He branded the decision as a blow to the attempt to reach a compromise solution and an attempt to strengthen Pristina's position. Drecun further said some had been trying "to hide the real situation in Kosovo and Metohija, which is extremely bad, discriminating against the Serbs and other non-Albanian communities" and to hide that Kosovo "is actually not a creation that has been making progress, but a failed experiment of the UK and some other Western countries."

UK REP TO U.N. CALLS ON BELGRADE, PRISTINA TO FOCUS ON NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS

NEW YORK, August 2 2018 (Beta) - The United Kindom's permanent representative to the U.N. Karen Pierce has called on Pristina and Belgrade not to be preoccupied with tactics in the U.N. Security Council, but instead to invest more effort, with the EU assistance, in the normalization of relations, as this was the only way to progress on the EU path. I would like to encourage both sides not to be too engaged in the tactics issues here (in the U.N. Security Council), but to turn to higher goals and to invest all effort together with the EU high representative toward normalization of relations, Pierce told a news conference on Aug. 1, after the first U.N. Security Council session presided by the UK. Asked why debate on a regular report on UNMIK's work was not included on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council session in August, Pierce replied that the Security Council should focus on the most urgent issues of international peace and security, while the issue of Kosovo and Metohija, though still a very important European and regional issue, no longer bore the intensity it had in 1999, requiring regular meetings of the U.N. Security Council. We have been discussing somewhat more focused meetings with the Serbian and Russian sides. We have not reached a conclusion yet, but we will continue to talk, it is our goal... to try to reach a reasonable conclusion, acceptable for all, and then we can go back to the U.N. Security Council, she said. Pierce stressed that it was paramount that Serbia and Kosovo, together with the EU, which had been assisting them, make progress in the normalization of relations, as it was only through the normalization of relations that they would be able to make progress in the EU accession process, which "is of vital importance for both peoples and both economies."

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