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Serbian president: Belgian PM “brought new proposals” (B92)

By   /  25/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel “presented some new proposals concerning Serbia’s European path.” But, the president told a joint news conference with Michel in Belgrade on Tuesday – “I cannot say more about those proposals until they become a part of EU policy, and until some other factors agree with […]

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Hahn: No new members with neighbourhood problems (FoNet, TV N1)

By   /  24/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Monday the European Union would not accept new members who have open issues with neighbours, TV N1 reported. Hahn told the European Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee progress in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue is important and added that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is doing a brave job […]

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Norwegian Ambassador: Grasping Presevo is same as laying hold of Kosovo (TV N1, Blic)

By   /  23/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, the Norwegian Ambassador to Belgrade, said that calling Presevo and Bujanovac “the eastern Kosovo” was the same as calling Kosovo Serbia, adding such statements were not helpful, TV N1 reported. He commented on the Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj’s remark about the two southern regions in Serbia with predominantly ethnic Albanian population describing […]

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Security strategy drafts: Kosovo, neutrality, dialogue (Tanjug, Blic, B92)

By   /  23/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbia will not recognize Kosovo, it is stated in the drafts of the National Security Strategy and the Defense Strategy of the Ministry of Defense. A public debate will be taking place on both drafts through May 15, where representatives of state bodies, professional public, as well as everyone interested will participate, Belgrade-based daily Blic […]

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Serbia’s National Dialogue on Kosovo: Scant Consensus, Much Scepticism (Balkan Insight)

By   /  23/04/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Serbia is no closer to consensus on Kosovo nine months after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called a series of roundtable discussions on relations with the country’s former southern province. Critics are sceptical of Vucic’s soul-searching. When Serbia’s president, Aleksandar Vucic, announced a national dialogue on Kosovo in July 2017, he vowed to spare future generations […]

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Vucic and Mogherini “don’t agree on everything” (B92, BETA)

By   /  20/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke on Thursday afternoon in Belgrade with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who on a tour of the region. Vucic told a joint press conference that he talked with Mogherini about EU accession negotiations chapters, both those where Serbia has made progress, and those where the European Commission says no […]

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Serbian President Woos World Leaders Over Kosovo (Balkan Insight)

By   /  19/04/2018  /  International  /  No Comments

Aleksandar Vucic has undertaken a frenetic diplomatic offensive lately – pressing Serbia’s case in its worsening feud with Kosovo on a range of world leaders. Serbian President Vucic has embarked on a relentless round of diplomatic meetings in recent weeks to lobby for Serbian interests in its long-term dispute with and over Kosovo. His meetings […]

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Dacic: Kosovo cannot be topic of “foreign policy trade” (Tanjug, RTS, Danas)

By   /  19/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian Foreign Minister, Ivica Dacic said Serbia wishes to reach a compromised solution for Kosovo and Metohija, but this issue cannot be used in foreign policy trade as a condition to enter the EU, Tanjug news agency reported. Dacic made these remarks in a conference “Training of Political Leaders,” held in Belgrade, adding that dialogue […]

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“It’s not true that Macron is closing EU’s door to Serbia” (B92)

By   /  18/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

The headlines in Serbian media about French President Emmanuel Macron closing EU’s door to Serbia are not correct, says French Ambassador Frederic Mondoloni. Macron told the European parliament on Tuesday that he will “only support an enlargement when there is first a deepening and a reform of our Europe.” Speaking on Wednesday, Mondoloni added that […]

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This and next year to be “crucial for Serbia’s EU bid” (B92)

By   /  18/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met on Tuesday with Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Sem Fabrizi. Fabrizi presented the Report of the European Commission on Serbia’s progress in the process of EU accession, the Serbian government announced on its website. Brnabic told in a joint press conference that this annual report is good and […]

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Palmer: No special pressure on Belgrade (Serbian media)

By   /  17/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

Acting Deputy Assistant US State Secretary Matthew Palmer says that America expects that Belgrade and Pristina, despite problems, continue their dialogue and he hopes for a normalization of relations by the end of the year. Palmer told the Voice of America in Serbian language that America does not “put special pressure on Belgrade” in the […]

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Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj in “Cirilica” show (Happy TV)

By   /  17/04/2018  /  Serb. Monitoring  /  No Comments

In an exclusive edition of the “Ćirilica” show, the author of the show Milomir Maric welcomed Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj who spoke in Serbian language. The summary of the show in Serbian is available here: https://www.happytv.tv/emisije/cirilica/89842/haradinaj-u-cirilici-kosovsku-spoljnu-politiku-vodi-amerika The first question was related to the Association/Community of Serb-Majority Municipalities (ASM). PM: “Let’s first find out what kind […]

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