Committee on Kosovo calls for unity, high turnout
BELGRADE -- The Serbian Parliament Committee on Kosovo and Metohija on Thursday "called on political subjects to be united," Tanjug reported.
The committee "urged the citizens to vote in the repeated elections in Kosovo" and thus "give a contribution to the efforts aimed at strengthening the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo."
The committee called for "political unity in the fight for realization of rights of the government policy in Kosovo and for the creation of a peaceful, stable and secure atmosphere for fair and democratic local elections."
It condemned the violence in certain municipalities in Kosovo, especially in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, in the first round of local elections on Sunday.
The committee called on all bodies and institutions to gather all relevant information on the events in northern Kosovska Mitrovica on the election day, November 3, and conduct all the measures envisaged in the relevant laws.
DSS accused of "orchestrating incidents"
Advisor to the Serbian president Marko Đurić accused on Thursday the opposition Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) of having "orchestrated the recent incidents in Kosovo and Metohija during local elections," while the DSS rejected the accusations.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Kosovo, MPs of the opposition DSS said that the only way out of the situation that was created in northern Kosovo following the first round of local elections that were organized by interim institutions in Priština on Sunday is that the Serbian government calls elections in the four municipalities in the northern part of the province.
On the other hand, the opposition Democratic Party (DS) backs Serbs' voting in the partial re-run of local elections, but also calls on the government to stop dividing Serbs into good and bad ones and find a way for the people in Kosovo to vote in peace and without incidents.
With his activities in the northern part of the province, Marko Jakšić, an MP of the DSS from Kosovska Mitrovica, did more against the state policy and interests than anyone from Priština, the presidential advisor said.
Đurić asked whether someone maybe has the problem with the fact that Belgrade is changing the mode of financing in Kosovo, as earlier the state earmarked huge funds for the province, but money ended up in private pockets.
"I call on you to stop with the campaign that could have even worse consequences, as now we have the chance to present a united front in Kosovo," Đurić said.
Slobodan Samardžić, head of the DSS parliamentary group, said that the only way out is that the government calls elections in the four municipalities in northern Kosovo.
"I appeal to you to accept our initiative and form an inquiry committee (parliamentary) that would ascertain what happened in Kosovo," Samardžić said.
Marko Jakšić claimed that the government was behind the incidents that took place in the polling stations in Kosovska Mitrovica on Sunday, adding that it could not be concealed that the Brussels agreement is the greatest treason against the Serb people.
Borislav Stefanović, a DS member of the committee, said that the DS fully supports Serbs' voting in elections, but also defends the right of the DSS to a different opinion
"My differences in relation to the DSS are deep, but that does not mean that we should consider each other enemies. Try not to divide Serbs into good and bad ones, and try to find a way to ensure a peaceful polling day in the second round," Stefanović said.
November 7, 2013 | 17:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić met on Thursday in Belgrade with Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjorn Jagland.
November 7, 2013 | 13:42 | Source: Beta | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- PM Ivica Dačić says that all political parties have for years been "courting" hooligans and therefore incidents at sports venues "should not surprise anyone."
November 7, 2013 | 13:01 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Minister Without Portfolio in charge of EU integration Branko Ružić says he received ""clear support from Germany for Serbia's EU integration."
November 7, 2013 | 12:34 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- President Tomislav Nikolić has appointed Stanimir Vukičević as the new ambassador in Bosnia-Herzegovina, it has been announced in the Official Gazette.
November 7, 2013 | 11:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (23) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić called on Serbs on Thursday to vote in the repeated local elections in Kosovo at three polling stations in Kosovska Mitrovica.
November 7, 2013 | 09:27 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The election commission of Kosovo has agreed that the voting for the local elections at three polling stations in Kosovska Mitrovica be repeated on November 17.
November 6, 2013 | 17:09 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- Ivica Dačić has said that the talks he had with Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci and European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels were successful.
November 6, 2013 | 17:05 | Source: B92 | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The 17th round of the trilateral talks between Ivica Dačić, Catherine Ashton and Hashim Thaci was held in Brussels on Wednesday.
November 6, 2013 | 14:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The Wednesday round of talks between Belgrade and Priština "will mostly be dedicated to the recent local elections," says a spokesperson for Catherine Ashton.
November 6, 2013 | 13:39 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia expects that the European Council will deliver a positive decision on the official opening of membership negotiations in December, says Ivica Dačić.
November 6, 2013 | 13:14 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), founded by Serbia's former Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić, has officially opened.
November 6, 2013 | 10:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- The Kosovo election commission (CEC) decided to annul the vote at three polling stations in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.
November 6, 2013 | 09:31 | Source: B92, Beta, Danas | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS, BELGRADE -- EU's Catherine Ashton is meeting on Wednesday in Brussels with prime ministers Ivica Dačić and Hashim Thaci to resolve the fate of the elections in Kosovo.
November 5, 2013 | 17:00 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE, BRUSSELS -- Prime Minister Ivica Dačić says he will seek the annulment of elections in northern Kosovo when he meets with Catherine Ashton and Hashim Thaci in Brussels.
November 5, 2013 | 14:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (5) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- Roberto Gualtieri said on Tuesday that the vote count for polling stations in the four municipalities in northern Kosovo and Metohija has not begun yet.
November 5, 2013 | 12:28 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Tanja Miščević and Branko Ružić expressed their hope on Monday that the inter-governmental conference with the EU would take place in late December.
November 5, 2013 | 11:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA -- EU Election Observation Mission Chief Roberto Gualtieri will present the preliminary report on the local elections in Kosovo in Priština on Tuesday.
November 5, 2013 | 09:41 | Source: B92 | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian PM Ivica Dačić, his first deputy Aleksandar Vučić, and Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci will meet on Wednesday in Brussels, B92 has learned.
November 5, 2013 | 09:15 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (6) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Chief Hague Prosecutor Serge Brammertz is in Belgrade where he is conferring with Prime Minister Ivica Dačić and War Crimes Prosecutor Vladimir Vukčević.