Belgrade, May 10, 2012
JEREMIC: SERBIA IS MOST ACTIVE OBSERVER OF NAM
SHARM EL SHEIKH, May 09 (Tanjug) - Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic conferred Wednesday, on the sidelines of the Ministerial Meeting of the NonAligned Movement (NAM) Coordination Bureau, with his counterparts from several countries on political and economic cooperation, the issue of Kosovo, and support to Serbia's candidacy for presidency of the UN General Assembly.
"The NAM encompasses nearly two thirds of all world countries and is an extremely important organization when it comes to decisionmaking within international establishments, the UN in particular," Jeremic told Tanjug.
According to him, Serbia is possibly the most active observer within the NAM and a direct heir of Yugoslavia when it comes to international engagements in all parts of the world.
Jeremic recalled that Serbia is a candidate for the presidency of the UN General Assembly, which will be elected on June 8, and assessed that the country stands good chance of obtaining the presidency, particularly if one takes into account good relations it has with NAM member states.
Jeremic conferred with foreign ministers of Kuwait, Senegal, Pakistan, Myanmar, India, Lebanon and Palestine, and is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Kenya, South African Republic, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria on Thursday.
"This is a good opportunity to discuss all bilateral issues, economic and political cooperation, and to inform our collocutors about the events in our region, what is happening with Kosovo, and to strengthen the position of those that have not recognized Kosovo," he said.
"We asked everyone's support for all that matters to us, not only regarding direct interests state goals such as the strengthening of sovereignty and territorial integrity, but also for Serbia's presidency of the UN General Assembly," Jeremic pointed out.
Jeremic is also envisaged to address the participants at the beginning of the debate, and in the meantime, bilateral activities of the Serbian delegation will continue.
The meeting of foreign ministers of NAM countries is held on May 910 in the Egyptian summer resort of Sharm elSheikh.
The Serbian delegation also includes Ambassadors Feodor Starcevic, Sladjana Price and Dragan Bisenic, and advisors to the minister Nikola Jovanovic, Mihailo Papazoglu, and Aleksandra Radosavljevic.
DEGERT: STRONG EUROPE WITH SERBIA IN IT
BELGRADE, May 10 (Tanjug) - The European Union aims to build a strong, firm and united Europe, with Serbia and its neighbors within it as soon as possible, Head of EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert stated late Wednesday.
Degert, who hosted a reception at the Yugoslav Drama Theatre (JDP) on the occasion of Europe Day, May 9, stressed that in the past few years changes have been noted in the nature and intensity of relations between the EU and Serbia.
He said that the EU has abolished visas for the citizens of Serbia, that the trade agreement has come into force and that the country has obtained the EU candidate status.
Degert noted that things should not end there, adding that the EU and Serbia will work together on fulfilling the goal Serbia's full-fledged EU membership.
There are differences in Europe, just as every choir has different voices, but we want Europe to send its message with a strong voice, to become the strongest continent and that its clear, unanimous and strong message be heard, Degert said.
He pointed out that yesterday was the 62nd anniversary of the Schuman Declaration, a symbol of reconciliation in the world.
The reception was attended by Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, Parliament Speaker Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, who is also the acting president of Serbia, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic, EU Integration Office Director Milica Delevic, Dragoljub Micunovic from the Democratic Party, Jorgovanka Tabakovic from the Serbia Progressive Party, the Royal Family Karadjordjevic, NBS Governor Dejan Soskic and representatives of the diplomatic corps.
The marking of Europe Day at the JDP was enriched by Theatre Mimart with its performance and young Belgrade Opera soloist and choir.
DAYS OF INDIAN CULTURE IN JAGODINA
JAGODINA, May 10 (Tanjug) - Indian Ambassador to Serbia Nengcha Lhouvum Mukhopadhyaya and Ratko Stevanovic, the president of the Municipal Assembly of Jagodina, opened the Days of Indian Culture in the city of central Serbia late Wednesday.
The cultural event started with an exhibition dubbed "Kalpana Masterpieces of Figurative Indian Contemporary Paintings" at the Cultural Centre of Jagodina, where 14 Indian figurative painters were presented in the organization of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
The Indian ambassador said that she and her colleagues are happy that they came to beautiful Jagodina and pointed out that the exhibition is just a small sample of India's artistic treasures.
Serbia and India are not strangers. We know each other for a long time, from the time of Josip Broz Tito and Jawaharlal Nehru. Times have changed, but the relations they established are still precious to us, she said.
The ambassador expressed hope that all 85,000 citizens of Jagodina will visit the exhibition.
Ratko Stevanovic pointed out that in the past years Jagodina has flourished in a number of fields, especially in agriculture.
"We offer the best possible conditions for investments," Stevanovic said, and invited India's businesspeople to invest in Serbia.
After the exhibition of paintings, which will be open for 10 days, a Gandhi photo exhibition will be staged on May 19, while the Festival of Indian Films will start tomorrow.
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
PALME: PRISTINA SHOULD TALK WITH KOSOVO SERBS
COLOGNE, May 10 (Tanjug) - Christian Palme, spokesperson of the International Civilian Office (ICO), believes that the Kosovo government needs to be more engaged with the citizens in north Kosovo, that is to start a dialogue with Kosovo Serbs.
Palme underlined on Wednesday evening for Radio Free Europe that sustainable local selfgovernment in all municipalities and respect of language ad other rights of communities is the best model for Kosovo, north included.
Our daily engagement with the citizens in the north shows that the interest in sustainable local selfgovernment is increasing, just like the interest and apatite to have their voices heard, including the local decision making, Palme said.
He added that consultations with the community are the key to sustainable projects and establishment of relations between the Kosovo government and citizens in north Kosovo, stressing that this type of cooperation will lead to the development of a legitimate, transparent, and functional local selfgovernment in the region.
Palme's statement came two days after EU Special Representative in Kosovo Samuel Zbogar again urged the Kosovo government to prepare a plan for the north which would be acceptable for local Serbs.
The request for a comprehensive agenda for north Kosovo stems from the EC report on progress for 2011. However, the Kosovo authorities have not yet presented any official plan.
OSCE INVOLVED IN SECOND ROUND VOTE IN KOSOVO
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, May 09 (Tanjug) - OSCE spokesperson Nikola Gaon told Tanjug on Wednesday that OSCE will be involved in the second round of the presidential vote in Kosovo.
The agreement according to which OSCE monitored the first round of the presidential and parliamentary elections, envisages that OSCE should assume the same role in the presidential runoff, Gaon said.
We will work in the same way, and the number of polling stations and centers will be the same. At this moment, the results are yet to be confirmed by the Republic Electoral Commission (RIK), and I assume that on the occasion the second round of the presidential vote will be announced, the OSCE spokesperson in Kosovo said.
Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections in Kosovo recoded no incidents at a total of 90 polling stations in the province.