Nikolić says Serbia is "firmly on European road"
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić met with Slovak Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak and told him that Serbia is "firmly on the European road."
According to Nikolić, "Serbia knows it is the only option that can lead to progress and a better life for all its citizens."
“The talks between Belgrade and Priština in Brussels are going well, although the (ethnic) Albanians are trying to obstruct them,” the president said.
Nikolić added Belgrade had previously been forced to do things that were bad, but today, it is no longer the case, according to the Serbian president's press office.
“Although burdened with a lot of problems, the preparations for elections in Kosovo and Metohija are going well for now,” President Nikolić said, adding that yesterday’s killing of an EULEX staff member must be fully investigated urgently.
Nikolić stressed that that Serbia has excellent relations with countries in the region and that he has had friendly meetings with the presidents of all the countries in the region, announcing that Croatian President Ivo Josipović will visit Serbia soon.
“We have achieved a historic reconciliation with Hungary, bilateral relations with Bulgaria are improving, relations with Greece and Macedonia, just as with the most of our neighbors, are very good. Serbia has regained its former good reputation and credibility in the international context,” said the Serbian president.
Lajcak said that he can feel the enthusiasm being there concerning the beginning of Serbia’s negotiations with the EU and expressed his satisfaction about the choice of the chief negotiator in the talks.
The decisions made by the senior country officials were brave and they were taken for Serbia’s well-being, Lajcak said, adding that it is vital that the Serb institutions in Kosovo gain legitimacy and legality after the elections are held there in November.
Tendencies to impose additional conditions on Serbia before the start of the negotiations have no support in the majority of the European Union member states, stressed Lajcak.
He pointed out that Serbia enjoys strong support from the majority of the EU member countries and since the European Union is emerging from recession, room will be there for Serbia to join these positive trends.
September 20, 2013 | 15:24 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (16) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak says a proposal put forward by Britain and Germany concerning Serbia's EU membership talks "was not met with approval in the EU."
September 20, 2013 | 14:06 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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ATHENS -- Greece remains committed to the policy of non-recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, says Aleksandar Vulin.
September 20, 2013 | 11:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ljubiša Diković has met in Belgrade with Chief of the Greek National Defense General Staff Gen. Mikhail Kostarakos.
September 20, 2013 | 10:34 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Slovak Deputy PM and FM Miroslav Lajcak, who is on a visit to Belgrade, has called on Serbs in Kosovo to turn out and vote in the November 3 elections.
September 20, 2013 | 09:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić stated on Thursday that the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina "cannot secede from Serbia and that any such idea is unthinkable."
September 20, 2013 | 09:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić condemned on Thursday the incident in which a member of EULEX was shot and killed earlier the same day in Kosovo.
September 19, 2013 | 16:55 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkić says he does not see a statement made by a German ruling party official as a new condition or a threat.
September 19, 2013 | 16:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Ivica Dačić says Serbia does not want to join any military bloc while citizens would decide in a referendum if the issue of its NATO membership ever came up.
September 19, 2013 | 15:47 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- Aleksandar Vučić says "the shameful attack on EULEX members is actually aimed against Serbia and Serbs," noting that the government's response would be fierce.
September 19, 2013 | 14:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian and NATO officials discussed in Belgrade cooperation in the protection of citizens in emergency situations and international peacekeeping missions.
September 19, 2013 | 13:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says the attack on EULEX in north Kosovo represents an extremist, not a patriotic act that inflicts damage to Serbia in general.
September 19, 2013 | 12:44 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vulin and Milovan Drecun have condemned an attack on members of EULEX near Zvečan on Thursday, in which one Lithuanian member of the EU mission died.
September 19, 2013 | 12:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- EU Special Representative in Kosovo Samuel Žbogar has said that the EU will send an observer mission of 100 people to monitor the local elections in Kosovo.
September 19, 2013 | 11:42 | Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti | Comments: (5) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Faculty of Political Sciences professor Predrag Simić says that Jelko Kacin's statement about Vojvodina was a "trial balloon" to test the mood in this country.
September 19, 2013 | 10:18 | Source: Večernje novosti | Comments: (12) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia has not yet met all the requirements to move to the next step on its EU road, says German politician Andreas Schockenhoff.
September 19, 2013 | 09:41 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
SOFIA -- Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolić agreed on Wednesday that the two countries "need to intensify their relations."
September 18, 2013 | 15:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić arrived in Sofia for an official two-day visit and he was welcomed with highest military and state honors.