“Mladić’s arrest our obligation”
BELGRADE -- Obligations to The Hague need to be fulfilled, which includes arrest of Ratko Mladić and Goran Hadžić, Tomislav Nikolić told B92.
The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader says that the government still has not convinced the citizens that the EU will not make Serbia give up a part of its territory.
Commenting on his coalition with Bogoljub Karić, who is accused of embezzlement of more than EUR 60mn, the SNS leader stressed that Karić had never financed him and that he should be punished if found guilty.
“Pride is to obey the law and respect the Constitution,” he explained his position regarding fulfillment of obligations to the Hague Tribunal.
B92: And Ratko Mladić?
Nikolić: That's a state obligation.
B92: And you would do it?
Nikolić: I would do it.
B92: What does that mean, I would or I wouldn't do it?
Nikolić: Here, the present government is doing that too.
B92: What does that mean – I would, but I wouldn't or I would do it?
Nikolić: I don't know, I don't have information about his whereabouts, I don't have information whether all these operations are staged or they are arresting Ratko Mladić.
B92: Why do you keep refusing to decisively say – yes, I would arrest him because it would be my obligation as a president or prime minister?
Nikolić: Yes, I would fulfill the obligations and whether I can arrest him I don't know, because I know that Tadić would arrest Ratko Mladić as a desert after lunch, but he's not arresting him. Maybe because he's not here. It would be the biggest treat for him.
The SNS leader has assessed that mutual apologies of the Serbian and Croatian presidents for the crimes committed during the war in former Yugoslavia are a good move, but he says that Vukovar and Paulin Dvor are not the same.
“Symbol of the crimes some Serbs committed in Croatia is Vukovar. No Paulin Dvor, to which I happened to be, is at all a symbol of the crimes Croats committed against Serbs. And it cannot be made equal. Because nobody heard of the village of Paulin Dvor in Serbia, but they heard of the Blaze and the Storm,” he stressed.
“I won’t call upon Serbs to vote in Kosovo elections”
Nikolić has stated that he will not call upon his supporters in Kosovo to vote in the elections. He stressed that he would not condemn them if they did vote and that it was, after all, the most important what the government said.
“I can criticize the government whatever it says and the government and its prime minister have been sending three different messages regarding the elections to the Serbs in Kosovo lately,” the SNS leader said.
He pointed out that the government needed to know what the alternative was if it called upon Kosovo Serbs not to participate in the elections.
“We took part in some local elections in Kosovo which were organized by the state of Serbia and we won. People from municipalities elected in accordance with the Serbian laws say that help from Priština, i.e. from the EU is ten times higher than the funds received by municipalities governed by the state of Serbia,” Nikolić explained.
He has also assessed that Serbia should join the EU but with Kosovo.
“If we should be a EU candidate for 20 years in order to wait to enter the EU with Kosovo, that’s all right. Being EU candidate is a good position,” the SNS leader pointed out.
He said that nobody from the EU had told him “give up on Kosovo and you’ll become a member” and that such sentence was maybe meant for someone in the government they were discussing Serbia with.
Nikolić added that they would speak about the situation in Serbia with him “after he has won the elections”.
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BELGRADE -- China strongly supports Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Wei Jinghua said on Wednesday.
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BELGRADE -- The authorities in Kosovo have not allowed Minister for Kosovo and Metohija Goran Bogdanović to visit the village of Prilužje, near Obilić.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 13:30 | Source: B92 | Comments: (22) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government decided today in a phone meeting that the conditions are not present for Serbs in Kosovo to take part in elections there.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 13:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Deputy PM Božidar Đelić stated on Wednesday that he expects the government to discuss the new EC enlargement report.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 13:13 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government still has not made a decision on whether Serbs should participate in Kosovo elections.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 12:00 | Source: B92 | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE, KRAGUJEVAC -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has criticized idea to move some institution from Belgrade to other parts of the country, claiming that this amounts to populism
sreda 10.11.2010 | 10:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Ministry for Kosovo State Secretary Oliver Ivanović has expressed his concern over the announced reduction of the NATO-led KFOR troops.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 09:56 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia should be proud of its anti-Fascist past because it had the courage to take the right side during the 1930’s and 1940’s, Deputy PM Božidar Đelić said.
sreda 10.11.2010 | 09:14 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert stated on Tuesday that the European Commission (EC) has noticed Serbia's success.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 18:59 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele says the EC concluded that Serbia has initiated important steps towards regional reconciliation.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 18:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission (EC) today in Brussels published its annual report on progress of candidates and potential candidates for EU membership.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 16:02 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A high ranking official of the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) has told B92 that Serbs in Kosovo should take part in the forthcoming elections.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 11:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
WASHINGTON -- Serbian Defense Ministry will next year get USD 1mn aid from the US, Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac said Monday in Washington.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 11:04 | Source: Danas | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government is likely to hold a phone meeting and decide the conditions are not present for Serbs to vote in Kosovo.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 10:26 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The head of the Government Office for European Integrations says the EC questionnaire will not include questions directed towards establishing Kosovo's status.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 09:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BUDAPEST -- The National Assembly of Hungary on Monday approved the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Serbia.
utorak 9.11.2010 | 09:49 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (32) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- British Ambassador to Serbia Stephen Wordsworth says Serbs in Kosovo should take part in the forthcoming elections there.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 14:28 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
President Boris Tadić says that faced with football "folklore and culture", he does not wish to have "preferential treatment" compared to other presidents.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 13:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- FM Vuk Jeremić sayshe believes there are no conditions for the government to call on Serbs in Kosovo to take part in the elections there in December.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 13:31 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
Prokuplje -- Serbian Army chief Lt. Gen. Miloje Miletić rejected on Sunday reports in some Albanian language media in Priština regarding his meeting with the KFOR commander.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 13:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
CAIRO -- Serbian PM Mirko Cvetković and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak met on Monday in Cairo and discussed political relations and improvement of economic ties.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 11:04 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) in Sunday in Belgrade marked two years since the split from the Serb Radicals (SRS).
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 10:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Priština Mayor Isa Mustafa was appointed new president of the Democratic League of Kosovo at the party's 7th election assembly on Sunday.
ponedeljak 8.11.2010 | 09:45 | Source: B92 | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A little over a month before the early elections in Kosovo parties from central Serbia are habitually divided over whether they should take part.
nedelja 7.11.2010 | 17:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
Every fake permanent residence registration and all documents which contain the false address will be invalidated.
nedelja 7.11.2010 | 16:49 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
HALIFAX -- Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac is attending Halifax International Security Forum organized by the Canadian government and German Marshall Fund.
nedelja 7.11.2010 | 15:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (9) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert says that the EC questionnaire contains no questions that refer to state boundaries.
nedelja 7.11.2010 | 11:12 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
PRIJEPOLJE -- Elections in Serbia will follow in less than a year, says Minister Without Portfolio Sulejman Ugljanin.
nedelja 7.11.2010 | 10:05 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The main stumbling block in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was next year’s budget.
subota 6.11.2010 | 19:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Boris Tadić did not promote his own stand in Vukovar, but voiced that of the state of Serbia.
subota 6.11.2010 | 19:02 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
The European Commission (EC), in its annual report on the progress made by EU hopefuls, commended Serbia on improving relations with Priština.
subota 6.11.2010 | 18:22 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (60) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Shots from automatic weapons were fired in close proximity of a cemetery in the village of Mušutište while Serbs were visiting the graves of their loved ones.
subota 6.11.2010 | 15:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Čedomir Jovanović says that the government and unions “have swept the problems under the rug”.
subota 6.11.2010 | 13:44 | Source: Blic | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Boris Tadić says he took with him faces and words of mothers, fathers and families of the missing and killed Serbs and Croats from Vukovar.
subota 6.11.2010 | 12:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRATISLAVA -- Serbia will probably get a positive response to its EU membership candidacy application from the EC in 2011, Slovak FM Mikulas Dzurinda said Friday.
subota 6.11.2010 | 11:25 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Vincent Degert has stated that the EC questionnaire will contain about 2,400 questions.
subota 6.11.2010 | 09:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A trade unions' negotiating team and the government have reached an agreement on all unions’ requests and amendments to the pension bill.
petak 5.11.2010 | 16:43 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government and the IMF have agreed to send the draft law on pensions and disability insurance to MPs "without any essential changes".
petak 5.11.2010 | 16:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (39) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Cyprus has not recognized Kosovo as an independent state, and Cyprus will never do so, the country's ambassador to Serbia says.
petak 5.11.2010 | 16:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said Friday that around 310 structures, mostly private homes, are not fit to live in after the earthquake early Wednesday.
petak 5.11.2010 | 16:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Vojvodina will open its office in Brussels in the beginning of next year, earlier than originally planned.
petak 5.11.2010 | 14:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (8) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- EULEX Head Xavier Bout de Marnhac stated on Friday that it was very important for the ethnic Albanians and Serbs to talk with each other.
petak 5.11.2010 | 13:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition SNS leader Tomislav Nikolić says his party works toward "a merger of all political parties that want changes in Serbia".
petak 5.11.2010 | 11:00 | Source: B92 | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE, ZAGREB -- An almost unanimous assessment of Serbian President Boris Tadić’s first visit to Vukovar is that it is a new page in history of Belgrade and Zagreb.
petak 5.11.2010 | 11:00 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (44) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Priština that he "does not believe there will be changes of borders in the Balkans" or a partition of Kosovo.
petak 5.11.2010 | 09:38 | Source: Beta | Comments: (7) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- The deputy speaker of the European Parliament (EP), Laszlo Tokes says EP representatives will monitor the transfer of jurisdiction from Serbia to Vojvodina.
petak 5.11.2010 | 09:37 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (29) | Send comment
BUCHAREST -- Romania will not change its stance regarding recognizing Kosovo "because it is a matter of principle", Romanian FM Teodor Baconschi said in Bucharest.
petak 5.11.2010 | 09:27 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
KRALJEVO -- A series of earthquakes described as aftershocks hit Serbia's central town of Kraljevo yesterday and early on Friday.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 16:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac called on the citizens to help alleviate the consequences of an earthquake that hit Kraljevo early on Wednesday.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 16:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
VUKOVAR -- Serbian President Boris Tadić and Croatian President Ivo Josipović said in Vukovar on Thursday that they are determined to continue the reconciliation process.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 12:08 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (45) | Send comment
VUKOVAR -- Serbian and Croatian presidents Boris Tadić and Ivo Josipović have placed wreaths to honor Croat victims at a memorial in Ovčara, near Vukovar.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 11:56 | Source: FoNet, Danas | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Hashim Thaci "plans on forming a new government with Behgjet Pacolli and minorities, primarily Serbs", says a Priština newspaper.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 09:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (18) | Send comment
BANJA LUKA -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said Wednesday in Banja Luka that Serbia will continue to support Bosnia's Serb republic (RS) and its leadership.
četvrtak 4.11.2010 | 09:19 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KRALJEVO -- President Boris Tadić said the state will do everything it can to help people in Kraljevo and other areas affected by the earthquake.