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SERBIA

DACIC: BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE IN CRUCIAL PHASE

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated on Sept. 5 that the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue was in a crucial phase and that every offered option should be seriously considered. During the informal meeting of foreign ministers of the South East Europe Cooperation Process in Banjaluka, Dacic said Serbia had shown readiness to compromise and had made constructive proposals, in order for a mutually acceptable, sustainable and lasting solution to be found. "I deem it necessary to speak openly and seriously consider every offered option, wherein the best option would certainly be the one that is accepted by both sides in the dialogue. The understanding and support of our partners on this challenging path remains critically important," Dacic said. He stated that "the tempo of Serbia's association with the European Union largely depends on the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which is currently in a crucial phase." Dacic said more than two decades had passed since the start of the South East Europe Cooperation Process and that international circumstances had significantly changed in the meantime, but that there was still a need for improving regional cooperation and good neighborly relations. "I must say that we all managed, in the spirit of solidarity and mutual trust, to preserve stability in the region, despite certain challenges in the recent period," Dacic stated. He said association with the EU remained one of Serbia's foreign policy priorities, which has opened 14 chapters, and that it hoped to speed up the negotiations, so that all negotiation chapters are opened, with the aim of accomplishing the framework time of admission by 2025.

VUCIC, CEPURIN DISCUSS BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - During a meeting with Russian Ambassador Aleksandar Cepurin on Sept. 5, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke about the need for reaching a compromise and lasting solution in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, which would not jeopardize the interests of Serbia, the office of the Serbian president has stated. The statement reads that Cepurin said Russia would continue to provide active and comprehensive support to Serbia in the United Nations and other international organizations. Vucic and Cepurin concurred about great possibilities for cooperation between the two countries in various fields, such as agriculture, transportation, energy and information technologies. They said the holding of a major business forum in the near future would be of the utmost importance for the improvement of economic cooperation and trade.

VUCIC MEETS NORWEGIAN AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic thanked Norwegian Ambassador Arne Sanes Bjornstad on Sept. 5, for Norway's expert and financial aid to Serbia, the Presidency has stated. Vucic said relations between the two countries were good and that good political relations would contribute to greater economic cooperation. Bjornstad said Norway was ready to help Serbia in European integration, through supporting reforms, sustainable economic growth and stable social development. Vucic said during the talks that Serbia was dedicated to peace and stability and that, because of this, it wanted a compromise and lasting solution in the dialogue with Pristina, but one which would respect the state and national interests of Serbia.

DODIK TALKS TO MAJA GOJKOVIC

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said on Sept. 5 that he had met with Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojkovic in Banjaluka to discuss the joint work of the RS Assembly and the Serbian Parliament on examining the consequences of the 1999 NATO bombing. He said that Serbia was "very visible in RS," adding that he was happy that the two parliaments were cooperating. Gojkovic said that an agreement had been reached to move to a higher level of parliamentary cooperation, the kind which Serbia had only with the parliaments of China and Russia. Speaking about research conducted by a Serbian parliamentary commission into the consequences of the NATO bombing, she said that she had acquainted Dodik with the research results achieved so far and added that the same sort of commission ought to be formed in the RS soon, so that they could then continue to working together on this task. The meeting was also attended by RS Premier Zeljka Cvijanovic.

OHIO NATIONAL GUARD COMMANDER VISITING SERBIA

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - Minister of Defense Aleksandar Vulin said on Sept. 5 at a meeting with the commander of the Ohio National Guard, Major General Mark Bartman, that KFOR was the only body of the international community that had "both the capacity and the trust of the Serbs to keep the peace and security in Kosovo and Metohija." Vulin also said that he was strongly against the forming of the Kosovo Armed Forces and added that such announcements by Pristina representatives were one of the elements which "most certainly lead in a negative direction, where the political and security situation in the region is concerned." Vulin and Bartman highlighted joint exercises and training, enhancement of capacities of the Center for Training Units for Participation in Multinational Operations, joint medical engagement and cooperation between religious services as the most important areas of cooperation.
The Ohio National Guard commander on Sept. 5 also talked with Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic about the continued cooperation of the two institutions in the field of emergency situations. Stefanovic also said that the cooperation between the Serbian and U.S. emergency response services could be improved further through a greater number of joint activities, in the form of exchange of experience and know-how.
Serbian Armed Forces Chief of Staff Ljubisa Dikovic also met with Maj. Gen. Bartman, at the Banjica 2 army barracks in Belgrade. Bartman is to meet with the commander of the Land Army, Lt. Col. Gen. Milosav Simovic, and the chief of the Military Health Care Administration, Col. Ugljesa Jovicic. During his visit, Bartman will also attend civil-military cooperation activities in Nis and Kraljevo.

TRIVAN MEETS DEPUTY ENVIRONMENT MINISTER OF SOUTH KOREA

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister for Environment Goran Trivan had talks on Sept. 5 with the deputy-minister for the environment of the Republic of Korea, Park Cheon Gyu, about cooperation between the two countries, and especially about investments in projects for managing waste and waste water, the Ministry for the Environment has stated. On the margins of the conference Global Green Center, held in Seoul, Korea, Trivan also discussed cooperation in the sphere of air pollution control, pollution from agriculture, remediation of soil and climate change. He and the Korean minister for the environment, Kim Eunkyung, signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation in environmental protection between the two ministries. "The memorandum represents an opportunity and foundation on which Serbia and Korea can develop cooperation projects in the field of environmental protection," the statement reads. Korean experts will transfer this country's experience in adopting and amending laws and regulations in the field of environmental protection.

MARKO DJURIC BANNED FROM ENTERING KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - The director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija, Marko Djuric, was not allowed to enter KiM on Sept. 5, BETA learned at the Office for Kosovo and Metohija. Djuric arrived at the administrative crossing at about 3:00 p.m., but was not allowed entry into KiM, although his visit had been reported in an orderly fashion, it was stated. "This is a scandalous decision by Pristina, against all agreements and elementary principles of the freedom of movement," Djuric told BETA. He said that, after returning to Belgrade and consulting with President Aleksandar Vucic, he would inform the public about the reasons for "this and other pressure and blackmail, which the Serbian side had been exposed to today (Sept. 5) and on the previous days, because we would not accept Pristina's decisions which are directly against Serbia's interests."

CHINA'S ZIJIN OFFERS ACQUISITION OF NEVSUN RESOURCES, DEVELOPING PROJECT IN BOR

BELGRADE, 5 September 2018 (Beta) - The Chinese company Zijin Mining Group has offered to acquire Nevsun Resources, a mining company that is developing the project for the Cukaru Peki copper mine in Bor and the Bisha mine in Eritrea, the Nevsun company stated on Sept. 5. The two sides signed an agreement, according to which Zijin will make an offer for acquiring all of the issued shares of Nevsun at the price of six Canadian dollars per share, making the entire offer worth 1.88 billion Canadian dollars (US$1.41 billion), which will be officially presented on Sept. 18 at the latest. Nevsun is the leading mid-sized company working in the processing of heavy metals. It is operating in Serbia through the company Rakita Exploration, and is currently carrying out the project Cukaru Peki in Bor, which is a world-class copper deposit that is extremely valuable and a great potential for Serbia, the statement reads. The company is also managing the Bisha mine in Eritrea, which produces copper and zinc. Nevsun's board of directors has unanimously recommended to the company's shareholders to accept the offer of Zijin and reject the hostile takeover bid of the company Lundin, which is valid until Nov. 9. The offer of Zijin is conditioned with the acquisition of a minimum of 66 percent of Nevsun's shares. The president of Zijin, Chen Jinghe, said the company intended, after acquiring Nevsun, to quickly develop the Upper Zone on the Cukaru Peki project and start producing copper there, and to continue to improve and define the first-class potentials of the Lower Zone copper deposit. The company Zijin has won the tender for a strategic partner in the Bor Mining and Smelting Basin (RTB) and the contract should be signed soon. Zijin is a leading global mining company, specialized in exploring and developing gold, copper, zinc and other mines, and its stock market value is approximately ten billion dollars.

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