"Economic situation reason behind rioting"
BELGRADE -- Marko Djuric believes that the basic reason for violent protests in Pristina on Tuesday is bad economic situation and dissatisfaction with the government.
"The subtext of these demonstrations is bad economic situation and dissatisfaction with the way a small elite has an airtight grip on power," the director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo told the state broadcaster RTS.
Asked whether Kosovo Minister of Returns and Communities Aleksandar Jablanovic would be sacked, Djuric said that "Serbia wants stability in Kosovo which Serb members of the government in Pristina should fulfill."
"If Serb members of the government in Kosovo do not produce results in this segment, someone from Belgrade might seek accountability, too," said Djuric.
He then stated that as the Kosovo talks continue in Brussels on February 9, creatig a community of Serb municipalities will be discussed, as well as property issues, "not just Trepca but also many other resources essential for life."
"Addressing the issue of property is a key part of the core of normalization of relations in the province. We want to start on serious topics, in the coming days we will have preparatory talks for Brussels," Djuric said.
He added that the dialogue in Brussels was "only one of the steps in the normalization of relations which Serbia is fully committed to."
Commenting on trial in Kosovo of Oliver Ivanovic, Djuric expressed hope that Ivanovic will "finally will soon get the right to a fair trial and the right to be released."
Tuesday 27.01.2015 | 19:51 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
PRISTINA -- The situation was calm but still tense in Pristina on Tuesday evening after a day of clashes between the police and demonstrators.
Tuesday 27.01.2015 | 09:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
VIENNA -- OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic condemned on Monday the attacks on journalists reporting from the protests in Pristina last weekend.
Monday 26.01.2015 | 10:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (34) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government is "acting responsibly over the Trepca case and other property issues in Kosovo and Metohija, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic has said.
Monday 26.01.2015 | 09:54 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
ADDIS ABABA -- Serbia wants to develop good relations and economic and political cooperation with African Union member states, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic has said.
Monday 26.01.2015 | 09:14 | Comments: (19) | Send comment
PRISTINA -- Protesters in Pristina have demanded the removal of Aleksandar Jablanovic from the Kosovo government, and a law that would turn Trepca into a public enterprise.
Friday 23.01.2015 | 19:23 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
PRISTINA -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that he "saw progress in the security and political situation in Kosovo but much remained to be done."
Friday 23.01.2015 | 10:08 | Source: Beta, Danas | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Marko Djuric has said that the Serbian government was fully committed to finding a solution for Trepca during the talks between Belgrade and Pristina.
Thursday 22.01.2015 | 16:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic met with Serbian Patriarch Irinej on Thursday "to discuss his proposal for a final settlement for Kosovo."
Thursday 22.01.2015 | 13:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dacic said Thursday that the agenda of a new round of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina had not yet been drawn up.
Wednesday 21.01.2015 | 10:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met on Tuesday in Belgrade with Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).
Wednesday 21.01.2015 | 09:48 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
UZICE, BRUSSELS, PRISTINA -- Serbia is not setting any conditions, "on the contrary, it shows with each step how much it cares and is working on regional cooperation,"says Zoran Mihajlovic.
Tuesday 20.01.2015 | 12:48 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment
PRISTINA -- Albanian language daily Koha Ditore writes on Tuesday that the Kosovo government has abandoned the intention to turn Trepca into a public company.
Tuesday 20.01.2015 | 11:51 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Marko Djuric believes that the role of the Serbs participating in the Kosovo institutions was "important" when it comes to the Trepca case.
Tuesday 20.01.2015 | 10:02 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- During the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, Trepca should not be a topic - instead, Serbia's property in Kosovo and Metohija should be discussed, says an official.