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Ambassador Filipovic and James Mackey on cooperation through Partnership for Peace PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 May 2018.
Ambassador Branimir FilipovicActing Assistant Minister of Security Policy Ambassador Branimir Filipovic received today James Mackey, Head of the Euro-Atlantic and Global Partnership Office, Political Affairs and Security Policy Division, NATO, during his visit to Belgrade, where he participated in the Final Planning Conference on Serbia 2018 Disaster Management Field Exercise, to be jointly organized with the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC), and to be held in Serbia next October.
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Minister Dacic and Ambassador Keefe discuss topics and expectations related to the upcoming London Summit PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 May 2018.
Ivica Dacic with Denis KeefeFirst Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic received UK Ambassador to Belgrade Denis Keefe today.

Ambassador Keefe handed to Minister Dacic an invitation letter from UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for participation in the upcoming Western Balkans Summit to be held in London on 9-10 July 2018, in the framework of the Berlin Process.
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Minister Dacic about the UN Security Council Session PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2018.
 


Ivica DacicStatement by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic

"The UN Security Council session devoted to Kosovo and Metohija was characterized – after a lengthier period of time – by a critical attitude of the Organization's Secretary-General towards the acts of Pristina authorities. This critical attitude was expressed in several parts of the Secretary-General's Report through criticism of the behaviour of the Kosovo Police towards Marko Djuric, as well as the fact that reports noted that, in the period under review, only three returnees returned to - as they said, Kosovo and Metohija. This means that out of a total of 200,000 internally displaced persons, expelled persons, only three returned in the current reporting period of three months. The picture is complete when combined with the outcomes in all other years, and the fact that the total number of returnees corresponds to 1.9%. We never allow this issue to be side-tracked. It is highly important that all participants in the Security Council session referred to the obligation of Pristina to form the Community of Serbian Municipalities.

If we set aside the classical politicization of this issue by countries that have recognized Kosovo, and calls on other countries to act likewise, I believe that the session was useful to the extent that all Security Council Member States were informed of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija. Naturally, I drew attention to the indispensable need for maintaining the discussions every three months because – irrespective of the fact that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija is not as dramatic as in 1999, it is far from ideal, since a small incident would suffice to cause significant political and security instability not only in Kosovo and Metohija, but in the entire region.

There will be serious discussions in the coming months on whether at all, or how these sessions will be held further on. The proposals of some Western countries are to put an end to the mission; to change the format of holding sessions, i.e. replacing sessions with consultations closed to the public, in addition to some proposals not to hold discussions every three months, but only two or three times a year.

Nevertheless, since the next session will be held in three months, and the Security Council will be presided over by the United Kingdom, we can expect the reoccurrence of this topic. We have informed all Security Council Member States of our positions, and I believe that our attention should be focused on reaching a political agreement instead of causing further political instability.
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United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and Metohija of priority importance to Serbia PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 May 2018.


Ivica DacicFirst Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic had talks today with UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean- Pierre Lacroix on the role of UNMIK, and Serbia's contribution to UN peacekeeping operations, and the ways and means of further promoting cooperation in this area.

Minister Dacic underlined that the UN Mission in Kosovo and Metohija is of priority importance to Serbia and that Serbia is striving for the continuation of its presence and engagement, without downsizing or change of its mandate. He recalled that, according to the number of military and police personnel engaged in different peacekeeping operations, Serbia is the largest contributor in the Western Balkans region, and tenth in Europe.
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Celebration of Africa Day in Republic of Serbia PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2018.
Nemanja StevanovicDraft Statement by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nemanja Stevanovic on the occasion of celebration of Africa Day.

Your Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends,
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Minister Dacic attends UN Security Council meeting on the work of UNMIK PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 May 2018.
Ivica Dacic - UNStatement by H.E. Mr. IVICA DACIC, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at a meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations devoted to the work of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo:

"Madam President,
Distinguished Members of the Security Council,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I thank the Secretary-General, Mr. Gutteres and his Special Representative and Head of UNMIK Mr. Zahir Tanin for the Report on the work of UNMIK and their committed engagement in the implementation of the mandate that the Security Council entrusted to the Mission by its Resolution 1244 (1999).
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