Serb municipalities "could break off cooperation with EULEX"
ZVEČAN -- Councilors from municipal assemblies in northern Kosovo on Thursday voiced concern over the announced plans of the Priština authorities to form a Kosovo army.
Rakić addresses the meeting on Thursday (Tanjug)
"We see this as an act of open threat to security in the region and the safety of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija", North Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Goran Rakić said at the assemblies' joint session in Zvečan.
Фorming a Kosovo army "is unacceptable and contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which envisions no army in the province whatsoever", Rakić warned.
"It is an UN-administered territory and there can be only one armed force there - Kfor," Rakić explained.
"We want to inform all international representatives in Kosovo that we want a fair and just relationship, but that we are not ready to act as mediators if the people take to the streets of our municipalities, because we will be with our people in that situation," Rakić noted.
The members of the four municipal assemblies demanded that all recently arrested Serbs be released pending trial.
The leader of the Citizens' Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice, Oliver Ivanović was arrested in northern Kosovska Mitrovica in late January on suspicion of alleged war crimes.
For reasons that remain unknown, five other Serbs - four of whom serve in the Kosovo police - were also arrested in the Strpce area on March 4.
Kosovska Mitrovica Assembly chair Ksenija Božović "demanded that Priština and the international community immediately end their campaign of arrests, intimidation and constant escalation of tensions in Serb-populated areas in Kosovo."
The assembly members demanded from representatives of the international community and the Priština authorities that all Belgrade officials, in particular Minister for Kosovo Aleksandar Vulin, be allowed to enter the province in line with the Brussels agreement, which guarantees freedom of movement to anyone.
They announced that the Serb municipalities will be forced to break off their cooperation with the EU office in Priština and the EU mission, EULEX, "unless international structures in the province meet these minimal conditions."
"The Serbian government and the state of Serbia are our only allies and collaborators. We will speak to everyone, the international community and the interim institutions in Priština. Whether we will have cooperation shall depend on the extent to which our positions are accepted by those we will be speaking to," Rakić said.
March 6, 2014 | 14:57 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The City Electoral Commission (GIK) has released a complete list of slates for early local elections to be held in Belgrade on March 16.
March 6, 2014 | 13:05 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Serbian government will call for an urgent UN Security Council session, in the wake of announcements that the armed forces of Kosovo would be formed.
March 6, 2014 | 10:56 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
TUNIS -- There are no open issues between Serbia and Tunisia, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić said on Wednesday while visiting the north African country.
March 6, 2014 | 09:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) at midnight on Wednesday declared the collective list for parliamentary elections due to be held in Serbia on March 16.
March 5, 2014 | 16:58 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dragan Đilas has reacted to incidents in Belgrade and Užice targeting the property of the party by saying that "an atmosphere to lynch the DS" had been created.
March 5, 2014 | 15:17 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (19) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- First Deputy PM Aleksandar Vučić has said that he would discuss with EU's Catherine Ashton announcements from Priština that Kosovo would form its armed forces.
March 5, 2014 | 14:19 | Source: Kurir, VIP | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "The people in the New Democratic Party (NDS) want to do something concrete and they have a plan on how to do it," says Miorag Rakić.
March 5, 2014 | 13:53 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (2) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia is grateful to Indonesia for the principled support to its efforts to protect legitimate interests over the unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo.
March 5, 2014 | 13:13 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
TUNIS -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić met with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on Wednesday at the start of his visit to Tunisia.
March 5, 2014 | 12:24 | Source: Beta, Večernje novosti | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Former Serbian President and former DS leader Boris Tadić says his New Democratic Party (NDS) "cannot participate in a government with the Socialists (SPS)."
March 5, 2014 | 11:15 | Source: Politika, Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- GI SDP leader Oliver Ivanović has written in a letter published by the Belgrade daily Politika that he "does not feel safe in prison in Priština."
March 4, 2014 | 16:57 | Source: Beta | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Republic Electoral Commission (RIK) has declared five more lists submitted by parties and coalitions as eligible to take part in the March 16 elections.
March 4, 2014 | 16:24 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić received on Tuesday in Belgrade Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev.
March 4, 2014 | 15:52 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
KOPAONIK, BELGRADE -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić said on Tuesday that he "wishes Ukraine and its people to recover from the crisis."
March 4, 2014 | 13:26 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
KOPAONIK -- Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dačić has said that Serbia "could in 2020 be on the agenda for joining the EU as a full-fledged member".
March 4, 2014 | 10:21 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Office for Kosovo stated that the Priština authorities banned Serbian Minister without Portfolio in charge of Kosovo Aleksandar Vulin from visiting.
March 4, 2014 | 09:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
SREMSKA MITROVICA -- Aleksandar Vučić has told a campaign rally that Serbia will not "break off its relations with the Russian Federation."
March 3, 2014 | 15:07 | Source: B92 | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- "Our focus is now on the campaign and engaging people, and it is would be impossible not to cross the threshold," says the NDS candidate for Belgrade mayor.
March 3, 2014 | 14:32 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The ruling Serb Progressive Party (SNS) will win 44 percent of votes in the March 16 early parliamentary elections, a new poll has shown.