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SERBIA

DACIC: KOSOVO'S MEMBERSHIP IN FRANCOPHONIE DOES NOT MEAN RECOGNITION OF INDEPENDENCE

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic stated in Yerevan on Oct. 11 that Kosovo obtaining the status of associate member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) did not mean the recognition of its independence and that some of the permanent members of OIF did not recognize Kosovo as independent. At the 17th summit of the heads of state or government of OIF members, Dacic said the 13 member states that do not recognize Kosovo as independent had submitted a declaration stating that their stand on Kosovo remained unchanged, the Serbian Foreign Ministry said in a press release. "Regarding Kosovo's application, 13 permanent members (of OIF) submitted a declaration, or so-called interpretive statement, which reads that the fact that Kosovo had obtained the status of associate member did not mean it was being recognized as a state, and that their stand on Kosovo remained unchanged," Dacic stated. Quoting Kosovo officials saying in Yerevan that obtaining the status of associate member of OIF was "a great victory for Kosovo's diplomacy," Dacic commented that OIF did not admit only countries, but also regions, the statement reads. "Today, for instance, (the U.S. federal state of) Louisiana obtained a certain status; in Canada, there are two or three regions which are also members of La Francophonie. The status of associate member is given to states that express that desire, but also to regions," Dacic said. The Serbian foreign minister said that Serbia had become associate member in a unanimous vote in Yerevan on Oct. 11, stated the ministry. "Our admission was accepted by all permanent members, of which there are more than 50. This will certainly mean a step further in the development of our status and of cooperation within this very important multilateral organization," Dacic said.

SERBIAN PARLIAMENT DELEGATION WALKS OUT OF CONFERENCE IN VIENNA OVER KOSOVO REPRESENTATION

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - The delegation of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Serbian parliament walked out of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, in Vienna, on Oct. 11, because of the "representation of interim institutions from Pristina with flag and under the name Kosovo without asterisk." According to a press release by the Serbian parliament, the delegation of the Spanish parliament also walked out of the conference for the same reason, since the organizer of the gathering, the parliament of Austria, "did not wish" to accommodate the request of the two delegations for members of the "interim bodies" of Pristina to be represented in keeping with the Agreement on Regional Representation. "The organizer has also disregarded the statute of the conference, which envisages that only EU candidate countries or NATO members can have the status of observer," the statement reads.

STEFANOVIC, CHEPURIN: COOPERATION OF SERBIAN, RUSSIAN POLICE AT EXCEPTIONAL LEVEL

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic met on Oct. 11 with the Russian ambassador to Belgrade, Alexander Chepurin, and discussed cooperation in the field of internal affairs. They concurred that cooperation between the police forces of Serbia and Russia was "at an exceptional level." One of the topics during the meeting was cooperation in emergency situations, the Serbian Interior Ministry has stated. Stefanovic and Chepurin met for the second time in two weeks. At their Sept. 27 meeting, they concurred that cooperation between the two countries was good, especially in the fields of internal affairs and security.

INTERIOR MINISTER, NORWEGIAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS COOPERATION IN INTERNAL AFFAIRS

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Internal Affairs Nebojsa Stefanovic met with Norwegian Ambasasdor Arne Sannes Bjornstad on Oct. 11 and discussed cooperation on future projects in the area of internal affairs. The Interior Ministry released a statement saying that Stefanovic and Bjornstad had also discussed possibilities for organizing training in the area of high-technology crime. The Serbian minister acquainted the ambassador with the concrete steps that Serbia was taking in battling money-laundering and the financing of terrorism.

MINISTER OF JUSTICE TALKS COOPERATION WITH TURKISH AMBASSADOR

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic met on Oct. 11 with Turkish Ambassador to Serbia Tanju Bilgic and discussed cooperation in the area of justice and joint projects designed to improve the justice system. A statement said Bilgic stressed that Turkey wanted to offer support to Serbia in every area -- justice, health care and other areas, noting as an example support under a project of the Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency and the revamp and expansion of the Novi Pazar courthouse. Minister Kuburovic thanked the Turkish ambassador for the support that the project had extended to strengthening Serbia's justice infrastructure, and added that the building, in addition to being renovated, had gained 1,000 square meters of new space, which would substantially improve work conditions. She said that, in addition to the Basic and Higher Courts, the building would house Novi Pazar's Misdemeanor Court and a division of the Justice Academy. Kuburovic said that cooperation in the area of justice between Serbia and Turkey was good, and noted that an inaugural ceremony for the courthouse in Novi Pazar would be held in November.

JOKSIMOVIC, DE LA ROSA ON CONTINUING COOPERATION BETWEEN SERBIA, USAID

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of EU Integration Jadranka Joksimovic noted during a meeting with new USAID director in Serbia Mike de la Rosa that the U.S. was one of the biggest bilateral purveyors of grants in Serbia's reform process. Joksimovic said that aid so far had been directed into projects for strengthening local administrations and creating the conditions for local economic development, reforming justice and supporting Serbia on its road to Europe. In this context, she especially lauded support for the development of small and medium enterprises, especially in southern and southwestern Serbia, which have a majority of underdeveloped municipalities. She went on to say that SMEs "should form the foundation for establishing sustainable regional economic development and progress." De la Rosa said that donations had so far been used in a transparent and efficient way, adding that they had been used exactly where intended and that good results had ensued. He confirmed that the U.S. would continue to support reforms in Serbia with the intention of stimulating the competitiveness of the economy, advancing the rule of law and the fight against corruption, i.e. raising the efficiency of state institutions.

ECONOMY

WB OFFICIALS, MIHAJLOVIC DISCUSS CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, TRANSPORTATION

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - World Bank Serbian Office chief Stephen Ndegwa and the new head of the WB transport sector Karla Gonzalez Carvajal met in Belgrade, on Oct. 11, with Serbian Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic. According to a statement from the Ministry, they discussed further cooperation between the WB and the Ministry, reforms of the Putevi Srbije road utility, overhauling roads and traffic safety, as well as projects designed to facilitate regional trade and transportation. The minister said that "we are realizing important projects together and are happy to have you as partners." "In addition to building Corridor 10, the rehabilitation of the road grid and reforms in the sector of construction permits, projects to facilitate trade and transportation are exceptionally important to us for removing non-physical barriers, as is reform of the Putevi Srbije company toward more efficient business and clearly defined obligations and responsibilities in maintaining the quality of the road grid," Mihajlovic stressed. WB transportation sector chief Karla Gonzalez Carvajal, a statement said, praised the results of the Ministry of Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure, stressing that Serbia was a model for other countries in the region in how to convert challenges into opportunities for progress.

NEDIMOVIC MEETS WITH ISRAELI MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE ABOUT INCREASING TRADE

BELGRADE, 11 October 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Branislav Nedimovic and Israeli Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel harmonized on Oct. 11 agreements in the area of agriculture to facilitate trade between the two states, the Ministry said. At a meeting, the two ministers agreed to create an agreement on free trade for agricultural products between Serbia and Israel. Minister Uri Ariel, a statement said, personally ordered the preparation of a list of products that would be part of the free trade regime.

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