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DAILY SURVEY 07.08.2018.
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BELGRADE, August 6 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Aug. 6 that this might be a good time to settle the Kosovo issue with a compromise, reiterating his support for a partition of Kosovo, his preferred solution. Dacic explained in an interview for Pink TV that the position of Russia had changed as the country was a great power now, and that its relations with Serbia were much closer than 20 years ago, while America and its foreign policy had changed as well. The minister believes an opportunity has opened for a dialogue, as Serbia developed closer ties with Germany, France and Turkey, in addition to a strategic partnership with China. "At this point, the EU, too, has realized that it is the Albanians who have made a compromise so difficult. The Albanians do not want to compromise at all, they want us to recognize an independent Kosovo, and, if possible, to take Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja - well, that would be an ideal situation for them. That situation, however, creates an opportunity for a compromise. If we have a dialogue, we need to have some proposals as well, don't we?," Dacic said, adding that he was inviting everyone, "the Church,the Academy (of Sciences and Arts) and political parties, to give theirs." When asked to make a comment on the Serbian Orthodox Church's refusal to accept a partition of Kosovo as a solution, Dacic said he did not see a better one, and that perhaps he was the only person in Serbia who had offered an idea in the process.


BELGRADE, August 6 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said on Aug. 6 that Croatia's stance on Operation Storm should not be surprising, given that it may be the only state in the EU, and probably in Europe as well, which celebrated ethnic cleansing. In an interview with Pink TV, Dacic said that objective historical problems "should not be the subject of and grounds for every conversation with Croatia" and that one should look to the future, but added that "with its attitude toward the past and thereby its attitude toward the Serbian people, Croatia constantly perpetuates the idea of relativization and denial of crimes." Operation Storm, Dacic said, was the biggest ethnic cleansing in Europe after World War II, adding that there were 560,000 Serbs in Croatia in 1991, whereas in 2010 that number had dropped to 180,000. Dacic also said that it was regrettable that "the flag of Israel flew in Knin yesterday at a celebration of the criminal Operation Storm." "We are disappointed with that act, even though they justified it with commercial contracts on the sale of aircraft... The Israeli flag was there, too... that is also immoral to their own people, to the Jews who suffered in the Independent State of Croatia and whose murders and the Holocaust the Croatian regime is relativizing and denying. The plaque inscribed with 'For the Homeland, Ready' still stands outside Jasenovac," Dacic told Pink TV.


BELGRADE, August 6 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's ambassador to Serbia, Ri Pyong Du, agreed at an Aug. 6 meeting in Belgrade that there were no open issues in the bilateral relationship. The minister and the ambassador underlined the importance of long-term friendship between the two states, celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations this year. In the same context, the two pointed to the need to strengthen the political dialogue and cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in a press release. Dacic reiterated Serbia's support to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and a peaceful, negotiated solution to the North Korean nuclear issue. Dacic and Pyong Du welcomed the historic summit between the U.S. and North Korea in Singapore, on June 12, hoping that the positive trend towards durable peace in the Korean peninsula would continue.


BELGRADE, August 6 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian Ministry of Justice said on Aug. 6 that the European Commission and the Eurojust issued a positive opinion on a draft law to protect personal data, and that the latest version of the document, incorporating the European institutions' suggestions, was forwarded to a number of state agencies, inlcuding the Office of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Rodoljub Sabic. Reacting to the Commissioner's criticism of the bill, the justice ministry said the drafting process was transparent, and that the ministry's website provided continuous access to the process for experts and the general public. The ministry went on to say in a press release that the recommendations by the EC and Eurojust "are not confined to a single, formal opinion by the two institutions, but rather involves official electronic correspondence between them and the ministry, which resulted in continuous adjustments to the draft, based on their suggestions." Commissioner Sabic had previously urged the justice ministry to "finally" publish the full text of the EC opinion on the bill. Describing the draft as "confusing and contradictory" against the backdrop of Serbia's legal system, and "nearly inapplicable" in practical terms, Sabic has warned that passing the act would create "even deeper legal insecurities, directly threatening the rights of citizens."


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