PM on Kosovo, EU accession, combat against crime
Source: Beta, Politika, Tanjug
BELGRADE -- The PM says the Security-Information Agency (BIA) and Military Security Agency (VBA) do not have information about a government member’s ties with Darko Šarić.
Ivica Dačić (Tanjug, file)
Serbian PM Ivica Dačić added that he had received a written statement from the two agencies, saying they had no information that a certain member of the cabinet had talked to runaway drug lord Šarić.
Commenting on Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić’s statement that the Serbian police (MUP) had been requested to inspect if the cabinet member had ties with Šarić, Dačić said:
“This is a planned provocation aimed at compromising the entire government because what kind of a government it would be if those sitting in it were talking to the most wanted person in Serbia. I asked our services to make a statement. I have received a written announcement by BIA and VBA that they do not have such information.”
According to him, such provocations are “a reflection of claims that the government could fall”.
“Everybody is killing themselves trying to find reason for the government to fall. Some say it will fall because of (arrested Delta Holding owner Miroslav) Mišković, others because of Šarić. If that is a reason for the government to fall, then this government is happy because there is no serious political reason for it to fall,” the prime minister was quoted as saying.
Speaking about Kosovo, he said that a UN seat was the only motive for Priština to be willing to discuss Kosovo’s status.
“The UN membership is one of the rare things that Priština cannot get today. They can get almost everything else. That is why I said we could talk about a UN seat. But let’s see a proposal for the final solution,” Dačić underscored.
When asked what Serbia could get in return, he said that he could not say.
“I cannot tell you that, you are not (Kosovo PM) Hashim Thaci,” the PM explained.
He noted that the first important step toward autonomy for Kosovo Serbs had been reached in Brussels with an agreement on payment of customs duty on administrative crossings.
“The agreement that was reached on collection of fees at administrative crossings was the first important step toward establishment of autonomy of Serbs in Kosovo because a basis of every autonomy is economic one,” Dačić said and reiterated that money from customs duties would go to a special fund intended exclusively for northern Kosovo.
He said that a Serb representative in the fund, that will be formed by the EU, would be able to veto any decision.
When asked if the autonomy was only possible in an independent state, he said that he “started the game in the second half” and that we are in the phase of the realization of agreements, including those that had earlier defined Kosovo as a separate customs territory.
The prime minister added that CEFTA agreement was signed so that it was determined that Kosovo was a separate customs territory.
“I certainly did not do it, I also did not define that customs officers will be at administrative crossings,” he explained.
Dačić said that a proposal to form a community of Serb municipalities was not a recognition of Kosovo’s independence but organization of the authorities in the territory defined by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
According to him, Serbian institutions will not be dismantled or abolished.
“If we manage to reach an agreement, it should be a transformation of those institution and they should have a system of special ties with Belgrade. On the other hand, if there is no agreement, we certainly won’t abolish the institutions because there are not others,” he said and added that Serbia would not remove the institutions from its system.
“Everything we agree on, in terms of authority, should be incorporated in Serbia’s legal system through the Law on Constitution, which Priština is not going to like,” Dačić explained.
When asked if there were two policies, the one represented by the president and the other represented by the government, the prime minister said that there were not and that only different jurisdictions existed.
He noted that President Tomislav Nikolić reluctantly agreed to change some parts of the platform on Kosovo.
“He is essentially right. He is right when he says it is necessary to have talks about everything and that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. And he is right that the technical talks solve some issues but indirectly confirm Kosovo’s independence. I agree with that but this is a position you can have at the start of the talks. We cannot have it now. We have already partially accepted many things, since the UN Security Resolution 1244,” the PM said.
According to him, the European Council has clearly stated that Serbia needs to have a dialogue with Priština if it wanted to get a date for the beginning of the EU accession talks.
When asked if he could confirm that there would be no early elections in Serbia, Dačić said that if early elections were held, some of his and Vučić’s dreams would not come true – getting a date for the start of the EU accession negotiations, economic recovery and establishment of good relations in the region.
“Anybody who is in politics must be ready that elections can take place tomorrow but this is not exactly our goal. If there is no chance to succeed in what we want, if there is a stalemate in reforms, obstacles in solving thins, we can certainly talk about elections,” the prime minister concluded.
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PREŠEVO -- Members of the Serbian police (MUP) Gendarmerie unit removed a controversial monument in downtown Preševo around 7:15 CET on Sunday.
subota 19.01.2013 | 14:00 | Source: B92, SRNA, Blic | Comments: (10) | Send comment
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subota 19.01.2013 | 13:07 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
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subota 19.01.2013 | 11:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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subota 19.01.2013 | 10:56 | Source: Beta | Comments: (12) | Send comment
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KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- The temporary agreement on customs duty collection reached in Brussels is in complete accordance with interests of Kosovo Serbs, says Krstimir Pantić.
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BELGRADE -- Vojislav Koštunica says that the latest agreement which PM Ivica Dačić reached in Brussels "undermines the very foundations of the country".
petak 18.01.2013 | 14:43 | Source: Beta, Večernje novosti | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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petak 18.01.2013 | 14:00 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
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BERLIN -- Serbia will not attend a meeting of agriculture ministers at the 78th International Green Week Fair in Berlin because Kosovo has announced its presence.
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BRUSSELS -- European Council President Herman Van Rompuy met with Serbian PM Ivica Dačić on Friday and promised the EU "would fulfill its obligations to Serbia".
petak 18.01.2013 | 09:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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petak 18.01.2013 | 09:17 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (27) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- Prime ministers of the governments in Belgrade and Priština Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci have resumed their dialogue in Brussels late on Thursday.
četvrtak 17.01.2013 | 20:56 | Source: Beta, RTS | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Former official in the Kosovo Ministry Oliver Ivanović says that "nobody from Priština" will be able to rule the northern, Serb part of Kosovo.
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BRUSSELS -- Defense ministers of the NATO member states agreed in Brussels on Thursday that progress in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue "gives grounds for optimism".
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PODGORICA -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić will pay an official visit to Montenegro on Friday at the invitation of his Montenegrin counterpart Filip Vujanović.
četvrtak 17.01.2013 | 17:04 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
DUBLIN -- Serbian Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić stated in Dublin on Thursday that Serbia's visa-free regime with the EU was "not under threat".
četvrtak 17.01.2013 | 16:22 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić has supported an initiative to change the Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency.
četvrtak 17.01.2013 | 11:44 | Source: Beta, Večernje novosti | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade will do its best in negotiations that as many ideas as possible from the Kosovo Resolution are accepted, preferably all of them, Ivan Mrkić has said.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 20:48 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Thursday's round of the talks between Ivica Dačić and Hasim Taci will be held over a working dinner with EU's Catherine Ashton this time as well.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 19:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
LONDON -- Britain "supports fully Serbia's EU integration and efforts to get the start date for the accession talks", it was said on Wednesday.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 18:58 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić met with foreign reporters on Wednesday and criticized his Croatian counterpart for "avoiding to meet with him".
sreda 16.01.2013 | 17:30 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (27) | Send comment
PREŠEVO -- Officials of six ethnic Albanian parties from the south agreed on Wednesday to take "all necessary steps to legalize the monument in Preševo".
sreda 16.01.2013 | 17:00 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (33) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said late Tuesday that Serbia would certainly never consent to Kosovo "getting a seat" in the UN.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 16:34 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanović met in Belgrade on Wednesday and agreed that the meeting was positive.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 16:26 | Source: Tanjug, Pink TV | Comments: (13) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Parliament Speaker Nebojsa Stefanović said on Wednesday that it was unacceptable to have a monument dedicated to a terrorist organization.
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WASHINGTON -- Freedom House NGO has given Serbia a status of a free country in its annual Freedom in the World 2012 report.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 11:48 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (17) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Belgrade will try to prevent Priština from banning visits of Serbian officials to Kosovo with a diplomatic offensive, daily Večernje novosti writes.
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BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- Serbia’s Office for Kosovo Director Aleksandar Vulin has urged the international community to make it clear for Priština that threats of war are “too much“.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 10:52 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić has said that both Belgrade and Zagreb wanted a meeting between the Serbian and Croatian prime ministers.
sreda 16.01.2013 | 09:43 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (30) | Send comment
BELGRADE, PREŠEVO -- A deadline for the removal of a controversial monument in the southern Serbian town of Preševo expired at midnight, the Justice Ministry has released.
utorak 15.01.2013 | 16:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) on Tuesday demanded that Prime Minister Ivica Dačić should resign over a remark he made concerning Kosovo.
utorak 15.01.2013 | 16:09 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says that he "already forwarded the Serbian Parliament's Resolution on Kosovo to EU High Representative Catherine Ashton".
utorak 15.01.2013 | 15:12 | Source: Beta | Comments: (39) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Ethnic Albanians living in southern Serbia were urged on Tuesday "to show they are ready for war, and put aside all their differences".
utorak 15.01.2013 | 14:49 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian parliament's resolution on Kosovo and Metohija "encourages the continuation of negotiations with Priština".
utorak 15.01.2013 | 13:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Office for Kosovo and Metohija Director Aleksandar Vulin on Tuesday visited the Serbs beaten up by the Kosovo police (KPS) on Orthodox Christmas.
utorak 15.01.2013 | 10:51 | Source: Danas | Comments: (38) | Send comment
PREŠEVO -- An ethnic Albanian terrorist group from Kosovo has announced it was "conducting an accelerated mobilization" of its members.
utorak 15.01.2013 | 09:30 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- European Parliament (EP) Special Rapporteur for Serbia Jelko Kacin said Monday that the Serbian parliament's resolution on Kosovo could be a major step forward.
utorak 15.01.2013 | 09:16 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU-sponsored, technical dialogue on Kosovo between Belgrade and Priština is resuming on Tuesday in Brussels.
ponedeljak 14.01.2013 | 16:54 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Opposition Democratic Party leader Dragan Đilas says his party "managed to force the government show the text of the Serbian president's platform on Kosovo".
ponedeljak 14.01.2013 | 14:57 | Source: B92 | Comments: (27) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović will arrive here for an official visit on Wednesday, it has been confirmed for B92.
ponedeljak 14.01.2013 | 11:27 | Source: Beta, Blic | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Socialist Party (SPS) Executive Board President and MP Branko Ružić says that his party does not wish to see early elections in Serbia.
ponedeljak 14.01.2013 | 09:33 | Source: Politika | Comments: (14) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- According to a Belgrade-based newspaper, the issue of the financing of the UN mission, UNMIK, in northern Kosovo will be discussed on January 17.