Former General Staff building to be demolished this summer

Bratislav Gasic has announced that the clearing of the ruins of the former General Staff building in downtown Belgrade "will start in the summer."

Source: Tanjug
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The building was one of the targets of NATO air strikes in the Serbian capital during the alliance's war launched against Serbia in 1999.

"We expect to start demolishing a part of Block A after June 30, and then we'll see what we'll do with Block B," the defense minister said on Thursday.

He explained that this needs to be done "for the sake of safety of citizens of Belgrade and those employed in the Serbian Army and the MoD, who pass by these structures."

The minister also revealed that "the funds have been secured" for this work, and that the Institute for Protection of Monuments of Culture also gave its approval.

"I think that the design paperwork is now being finalized, and we are looking for pre-offers because in 2010, the asked price for the demolition of Block A was EUR 3 million," Gasic said, and added that authorities now expect the figure to be "ten times lower."

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