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SERBIA

GHANAIAN FOREIGN MINISTER: GHANA'S GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER DECISION TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE

BELGRADE, 20 August 2018 (Beta) - The Serbian and Ghanaian foreign ministers, Ivica Dacic and Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, said on Aug. 20 that a decision had been made to "revitalize" bilateral ties, pointing to enormous potentials for their development. Ghana's foreign minister said at a joint press conference that her government would reconsider the decision to recognize an independent Kosovo made by the previous administration, adding that it was the chief obstacle to the development of relations with Serbia. "We want to rebuild the relationship with Serbia. It was ruined because we got separated, but at least we didn't get divorced...It's true the decision was made (to recognize Kosovo's independence), but what matters is our presence here, today. The decision has been the main obstacle to the development of relations. Yet, we are here now. No one from the Ghanaian government has visited Kosovo," Ghana's minister of foreign affairs and regional integrations said. Dacic said that Ghana and the former Yugoslavia were among the few founders of the Non-Aligned Movement. "We are celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year, and we are proud of the history of our relationship and cooperation. Six years ago the relationship deteriorated because Ghana recognized the independence of Kosovo, but we've decided to revitalize it and make an effort to improve political and economic ties between Ghana and Serbia," Dacic said.

DACIC: THAT IT'S ALL OVER WITH KOSOVO IS JUST TALK

BELGRADE, 20 August 2018 (Beta) - Commenting on the allegation that Pristina was considering border demarcation, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said that this was not a unilateral process, but one requiring a consensus instead. "It's absolutely clear that we want a compromise. The dialogue will continue in September," Dacic said at a press conference. The Serbian foreign minister said that if Kosovo officials might have thought that a compromise was to attach Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja to Kosovo, they did not understand the situation at all. As he put it, all the talk that it's all over with Kosovo was "just talk." "We want the least detrimental solution for everyone," Dacic said.

DACIC AND CEPURIN DISCUSS VISIT TO RUSSIA

BELGRADE, 20 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic had talks on Aug. 20 with the Russian ambassador in Belgrade, Aleksandar Cepurin, about his forthcoming visit to Russia. According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry, they discussed Dacic's visit to Russia and the scheduled meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in Sochi on Aug. 21. Dacic once again thanked Russia for the support it is providing to Serbia in the preservation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

VUCIC MEETS WITH GHANA'S FOREIGN MINISTER

BELGRADE, 20 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Ghana's Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey agreed on Aug. 20 that a political dialogue between the two states had been intensified, and that the opening of a Serbian embassy in Accra would provide a boost for the bilateral relationship, the Office of the Serbian President reported. The two officials believe that great opportunities for cooperation in agriculture, construction, energy and the pharmaceutical industry should be used. Vucic briefed Botchwey on Serbia's position on Kosovo, and the status of the Belgrade-Pristina talks, hoping that Ghana will reconsider its earlier decision to recognize Kosovo's independence.
Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin discussed with the Ghanaian foreign minister the importance of an agreement on cooperation in the defense sector, providing an agreement for the establishment and development of military ties.
Ghana's foreign minister has also met with Serbian Minister of Agriculture, the Forestry and Water Industry Branislav Nedimovic, discussing a plan for Serbia to bring its national agricultural capacities back to the western African markets.

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