Slovak FM on "wrong decision"
Source: B92, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- The decision to tie Serbia's destiny to Ratko Mladić will turn out to be historically wrong, says Slovak FM Miroslav Lajčak.
The decision on whether Serbia has fullfiled the conditions to continue with her EU integration process should be made by the ministers of the EU member states – not by the Hague Tribunal's chief prosecutor, Lajčak told B92 in an interview.
The diplomat believes that the government in Belgrade could soon receive appraisal that it is fully cooperating with the Hague-based court, and also said that his country would not support any initiative that would put recognizing Kosovo as a condition for Serbia to join the EU.
However, he noted that the Serbian government "should be aware" that in the later phases of association, they will be asked to have good cooperation "with all neighbors in the region".
The former Slovak ambassador to Belgrade and high international representative in Bosnia thinks that insisting on Chief Hague Prosecutor Serge Brammertz's opinion amounts to "seeking an alibi for own decisions".
"It's wrong to tie an entire country to one man. I believe that soon an appraisal of full cooperation will come," said Lajčak, who is on an official visit to Serbia.
The Slovak minister and his Belgrade friends gathered at the Slovak embassy last night to mark the tenth anniversary of the so-called Bratislava Process.
It concerts a meeting organized in 1999 by the Slovak foreign ministry, that included invitations to Serbia opposition and NGO figures, aimed at uniting them against the Milošević regime and the country's isolation that lasted many years.
Lajčak says he expected Serbia to be more engaged and more enthusiastic about joining the EU.
On Friday, Lajčak met with top Serbian officials, including President Boris Tadić.
After the meeting, the president's press office issued a statement saying that Tadić thanked Slovakia for supporting Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Tadić expressed his gratitude for the support to Serbia's integrity and sovereignty, expressed by Slovakia's peaceful and diplomatic actions directed at preserving Serbia's sovereignty in Kosovo and Metohija, said the statement.
Regarding Serbia's European integration, Tadić stated that EU membership was Serbia's strategic goal, and he pointed out that Slovakia was providing full support.
"He underscored that visa liberalization for Serbian citizens would stimulate an acceleration of the reform process for the whole society," the statement read.
subota 3.10.2009 | 16:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (17) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- Boris Tadić says Serbia has "no ambition to resolve the issue of Kosovo in a way that would deprive the Albanians in the province of their legitimate rights".
subota 3.10.2009 | 16:01 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
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subota 3.10.2009 | 10:59 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling coalition has reached a deal on adopting the draft Vojvodina statute in parliament by the end of this year, a Belgrade daily writes today.
petak 2.10.2009 | 17:04 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Serbia has not received any criticism at international level following the recent spate of attacks on foreigners.
petak 2.10.2009 | 16:42 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković has praised Serbia’s relations with Slovakia, stating that cooperation with Bratislava is vital to Serbia on its EU path .
petak 2.10.2009 | 15:42 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Mirko Cvetković says that the government will crack down on all incidences of violence in the country in keeping with the law of the land.
petak 2.10.2009 | 12:14 | Source: Beta | Comments: (28) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci supports the idea of appointing a European special envoy for the north of Kosovo, according to local media.
petak 2.10.2009 | 11:08 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Participants in the Belgrade march against violence yesterday evening called on the state to take decisive action against increasing violence in society.
petak 2.10.2009 | 09:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
VIENNA -- EU Special Representative to Kosovo Pieter Feith has called on all Kosovo citizens, especially the Serbs, to vote in the coming local elections on November 15.
petak 2.10.2009 | 09:19 | Source: B92 | Comments: (16) | Send comment
GRAČANICA -- A Kosovo and Metohija Political Forum has been established in Gračanica, whose political goal is to unite the Kosovo Serbs.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 15:40 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić has congratulated German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her party's triumph in the German parliamentary elections at the weekend.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 15:35 | Source: B92, FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (25) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says that combating violence, which has its roots in the Nineties, is the top priority, as violence leads to fascism.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 12:29 | Source: B92 | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A protest against violence will be held today in Belgrade at 17:00 CET, starting in front of the Philosophy Faculty.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 12:10 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (21) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- A stable, prosperous and democratic Serbia is of key importance for regional stability and cooperation, says a senior U.S. official.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 11:00 | Source: FoNet, Vreme | Comments: (20) | Send comment
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četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 10:49 | Source: Beta, Danas | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- UK Ambassador Stephen Wordsworth says that the conditions are in place for the EU to begin applying the Stabilization and Association Agreement with Serbia.
četvrtak 1.10.2009 | 10:17 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Wei Jinghua says China and Serbia’s strategic partnership has defined the course of future relations between the two countries.
sreda 30.09.2009 | 16:19 | Source: Beta | Comments: (19) | Send comment
PARIS -- Brice Taton’s parents say that his murderers, whether they were football hooligans or not, were wearing shirts and symbols of “barbaric nationalism.”
sreda 30.09.2009 | 13:49 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (5) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- President Boris Tadić spoke today with Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor on the second day of his visit to Ljubljana.
sreda 30.09.2009 | 13:10 | Source: B92 | Comments: (53) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The public prosecutor has upgraded the charges against those accused of the attack on Brice Taton to aggravated murder, a District Court spokesman confirmed.
sreda 30.09.2009 | 12:23 | Source: Beta, Danas | Comments: (58) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says that Serbia will soon see how successful its attempts were at deterring countries from recognizing Kosovo.
sreda 30.09.2009 | 12:08 | Source: Politika | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- SNS deputy leader Aleksandar Vučić says that his party condemns the recent spate of violent incidents and “the bandits who attack foreigners for no reason.“
sreda 30.09.2009 | 11:10 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The European Parliament rapporteur for Serbia says action is needed to prevent violence from being used to advance political plans and ambitions in Serbia.
sreda 30.09.2009 | 10:55 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner says that Serbia and the whole region belong “without doubt in the EU.”
utorak 29.09.2009 | 15:56 | Source: B92 | Comments: (72) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A French football fan assaulted and beaten in downtown Belgrade earlier this month died this morning, B92 has learned from the Emergency Center.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 15:53 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (38) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgraders have been called to light candles in memory of a French fan who succumbed to his injuries after being attacked earlier this month.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 15:04 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
LJUBLJANA -- President Boris Tadić began a two-day official visit to Slovenia on Tuesday, meeting with the country’s senior officials.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 13:53 | Source: B92 | Comments: (7) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- A court in Priština confirmed a month-long custody period for three Kosovo Serbs suspected of committing war crimes.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 13:38 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- FM Vuk Jeremić is to visit Moscow on October 5 as part of the preparations for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Serbia later that month.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 09:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has fulfilled all conditions for the lifting of the visa regime, says an EP official.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 09:47 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Commission Vice President Jacques Barrot said that judicial reforms in Serbia are headed in the right direction.
utorak 29.09.2009 | 09:25 | Source: B92 | Comments: (61) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- FM Vuk Jeremić told B92 that the Kosovo delegation presence at the UN General Assembly violated the world organization's code of ethics.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 16:51 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A regional ministerial conference on the fight against organized crime began this Monday in Belgrade.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 16:47 | Source: B92, FoNet | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot is in Belgrade this Monday for talks with Serbian officials.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 14:22 | Source: FoNet, Beta | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- French ambassador Jean Francois Terral said that he is shocked by the fact that Serbia has not found a way to deal with extremist groups.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 12:00 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (15) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EULEX chief Yves de Kermabon says he believes cooperation with Belgrade, "even if minimal", is necessary.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 11:53 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- If elections were to be called now, the opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) would benefit most, according to analysts.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 09:55 | Source: B92 | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- German ambassador to Serbia Wolfram Maas said that changes in his country's policy towards Serbia are not expected in the wake of Sunday’s elections.
ponedeljak 28.09.2009 | 09:48 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Justice Minister Snežana Malović says the state must react "both repressively and preventively" in order to prevent the recent violence from repeating.
nedelja 27.09.2009 | 16:40 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- According to B92’s sources, Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković will be holding separate consultations with various ministers regarding reforms in the public sector.
nedelja 27.09.2009 | 10:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (39) | Send comment
TIRANA -- At this weekend’s UN General Assembly session, Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha called on UN member-states to recognize Kosovo.
nedelja 27.09.2009 | 09:48 | Source: B92 | Comments: (13) | Send comment
LESKOVAC, GRAČANICA -- Even though Belgrade does not recognize the elections being organized by the Kosovo government, there are some Serb politicians who are urging participation.
nedelja 27.09.2009 | 09:43 | Source: Beta | Comments: (47) | Send comment
NEW YORK -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that Belgrade has sent an official protest to the UN because of Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu’s visit to the organization.
nedelja 27.09.2009 | 09:33 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- After a recent string of violent incidents in Belgrade, the authorities are calling on citizens to refrain from all types of violence.