Premier changes Nobel boycott decision

BELGRADE -- Serbia will send an official to the ceremony in Oslo for this year's winner of the Nobel Peace Prize award.

This comes despite an announcement this week that the ceremony, set to honor a Chinese dissident and opposed by China, would not be attended.

Ombudsman Saša Janković will travel to Oslo as Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković's envoy, it was announced in Belgrade late on Thursday.

The prime minister's cabinet said in a statement that in this way expectations of a large part of the political and widest possible public in Serbia were met.

It has also been announced that the decision not to attend the ceremony was made by Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.

Meanwhile, Belgrade tabloid Press reports on its website that President Tadić "asked that the prime minister sacks Jeremić", for not consulting with him on the Nobel decision.

However, says the report, Tadić changed his mind "after associates convinced him that sacking Jeremić at this time would cause more harm than good".