Speaker apologizes to Congolese counterpart

BELGRADE -- Parliament Speaker Slavica Đukić-Dejanović has apologized to her Congolese counterpart for Čedomir Jovanović’s recent statement about “African cannibals“.

Evariste Boshab Mabudj-ma-Bilenge and Slavica Đukić-Dejanović (Beta)
Evariste Boshab Mabudj-ma-Bilenge and Slavica Đukić-Dejanović (Beta)

She said that both the Serbian parliament and the state had condemned the “slur”.

“Individual slurs, condemned by the state, must not be considered our country’s official position and must not block further development of our bilateral relations,” Đukić-Dejanović pointed out.

Congolese National Assembly Speaker Evariste Boshab Mabudj-ma-Bilenge, who is visiting Belgrade, has stated that it is unacceptable for the African nations that anyone is insulting their dignity, the Serbian parliament announced.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader criticized Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić for “cooperating with African cannibals” on March 22.

The Congolese assembly speaker pointed out that “Serbia’s position on Kosovo and Metohija is the Democratic Republic of Congo’s position”.

Đukić-Dejanović has thanked the Congolese people for their principled position regarding non-recognition of Kosovo’s independence and respect of the international law and the UN Charter, which represents an expression of the two peoples’ true friendship, it is said in the announcement.

“Political cooperation was never called into question,” the Congolese national assembly speaker said and added that one of the goals of his visit was to boost the economic cooperation.