Iraqis in Belgrade celebrate U.S. withdrawal
BELGRADE -- The Iraqi embassy in Belgrade on Saturday organized a celebration of National Sovereignty Day at the start of withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country.
Unlike their compatriots in the home country who take it to the streets to celebrate and stay there until late in the evening, Iraqis in Serbia marked the holiday by gathering for lunch in a Belgrade restaurant, says our reporter.
They saw the beginning of the U.S. troops leaving their country as the start of a new era and a step toward freedom.
"Americans are friends of the Iraqi people because they helped Iraqis free themselves from the dictatorial regime," Jahia Salih Al-Gorani, Iraqi embassy charge d'affairs was quoted as saying. "Still, an average Iraqi does not like to see foreign troops, even when they are his friend."
The Iraqi diaspora in Serbia is made up of university educated people, who mostly came here 30 or so years ago to study, and stayed after finding jobs as professionals. They also started families here, and see Serbia as a "friendly and brotherly" country.
July 5, 2009 | 16:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Mirko Cvetković has said that his cabinet recorded progress over the past year "in all the areas of the government program".
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NOVI SAD -- The European Commission (EC) proposal to place Serbia on the so-called white Schengen list will be adopted, writes Novi Sad daily Dnevnik.
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BELGRADE -- Opposition DSS leader Vojislav Koštunica wrote a letter to the Republic of Srpska (RS) PM Milorad Dodik, reports said.
July 5, 2009 | 11:43 | Source: B92 | Comments: (2) | Send comment
NOVI PAZAR -- Two leading Sandžak parties have not supported a declaration sponsored by the Islamic Community in Serbia (IZuS).
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BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić says the country's diplomatic efforts are at this point aimed at "preventing a larger wave of recognitions of Kosovo".
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BELGRADE -- The govt’s biggest failings so far have been the lack of progress and the inability to break free of the Vojislav Koštunica system of government, says the LDP.
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NOVI SAD -- SVM leader Ištvan Pastor says the adoption of the draft law on national councils is good news, but that other important issues need to be discussed with the DS.
July 4, 2009 | 10:45 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serb Progressive Party leader Tomislav Nikolić denies speculation that the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) is offering minority support in Zemun and Voždovac.
July 4, 2009 | 10:39 | Source: Beta | Comments: (26) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and Greek Presidents Boris Tadić and Karolos Papoulias have opened a Hellenic Culture Fund Center that they hope will strengthen bilateral ties.
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BELGRADE -- Kosovo Ministry State Secretary Oliver Ivanović says the government “definitely won’t be forcing the Serbs not to vote at the Kosovo elections."
July 3, 2009 | 16:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (22) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo Tina Kaidanow said in Priština yesterday that Kosovo must learn to uphold its multi-ethnic character.
July 3, 2009 | 15:18 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (11) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Special EU envoy to Kosovo Pieter Feith has called on the Kosovo Serbs to participate in the local elections scheduled for November 15.
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BELGRADE -- Serb Progressive Party (SNS) leader Tomislav Nikolić says that his party has decided to form a European Integration Council.
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BELGRADE -- Liberal Democratic Party leader Čedomir Jovanović says that Belgrade’s call for a boycott of the Kosovo elections is pushing the Kosovo Serbs into isolation.
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BONN -- Swedish Migration Minister Tobias Billstrom believes the EC will present a proposal on visa liberalization for Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in mid-July.
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PRIŠTINA -- EULEX Chief Yves de Kermabon says that he is very happy with the fact that more than 300 Serb police officers have returned to the Kosovo Police Service (KPS).
July 3, 2009 | 09:42 | Source: B92 | Comments: (12) | Send comment
SARAJEVO -- Interpol’s General Secretariat has rescinded red arrest warrants issued by Serbia against Bosnian officials over the Dobrovoljačka Street case.
July 3, 2009 | 09:22 | Source: Beta | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- A reception, attended by a large number of officials, has been held at the U.S. ambassador’s residence to mark the 233rd anniversary of American independence.
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WARSAW -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić is on a working visit to Warsaw this Thursday, where he traveled invited by his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski.