Belgrade And Pristina Exchange Liaison Officers

Belgrade and Pristina have exchanged liaison officers after Dejan Pavicevic began his duty in the EU office in Pristina, and Ljuljzim Peci his in EU Mission in Belgrade.

This officially marked the exchange of liaison officers, which was one of results of negotiations of Prime Ministers Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci.

“Wherever my people needs me to do something, I will answer every such call, and I will go everywhere where it’s necessary”, said Pavicevic.

Ljuljzim Peci talked to the press upon starting his duty, wishing them “good afternoon” in Serbian, Albanian, and English, and then continued his speech in Serbian.

“This is very significant day for normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. I expect open and good cooperation with Serbian state institutions and I am here to give my contribution to normalization of relations between our two countries”, said Peci.

Police Detains 16 Immigrants

Police in Nis, town in the south of Serbia, has detained 16 foreigners without travel documents.

In the group, which was discovered this morning around 5AM, there were six Afghanistan citizens, three people from Burkina Faso, two from Mali and one person from Syria, Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia.

The illegal immigrants entered Serbia from Macedonia, the police reported.

Serbia is a transit country for people, seeking asylum in the European Union. Some of them request asylum even after having crossed the Serbian border. This allows them to be housed in one of the centres for asylum seekers where they are provided with shelter, food and cloths.

However, many leave the centres without waiting for their asylum requests to be processed after having made contact with people smugglers who promise them safe transfers over Croatian or Hungarian border.

Serbian police has been attempting to identify as many people smugglers as possible aiming to stem their highly profitable illegal business

Husband Delivers Wife’s Baby In The Car

25-year-old woman gave birth early this morning in a car near Belgrade recreational zone Ada Ciganlija.

Her husband actively took part in the delivery as obstetrician even though he is locksmith by trade.

The two of them sat in the car when the woman began going into labor to get from Obrenovac to Belgrade. The 50-kilometer trip was too long for the wife who couldn’t make it for another 3 kilometers so the husband was forced to stop the car and assist with the delivery.

They got a healthy girl, of 3.250 grams and 52 centimeters long.

Serbian Orthodox Church Against Abortion

Council of Serbian Orthodox church announced today its support towards the religious doctors’ initiative for state to ban abortions, except in cases when it’s performed for medical reasons.

Due to “child murder”, population of Serbia loses one average-sized town every year, which shows the deep moral descent, the big crisis of the family, and the lack of true faith in God in many, although most of our people declare themselves as believers, and are believers in basic sense of that word, says the announcement by the council of Serbian Orthodox church.

The council recommended all its eparchies to establish funds for support of families with many children, to act preventively, both as shepherds and therapists, against the plague of immorality, drug addiction, pornography and all other pathogen occurrences which jeopardize the being, soul and the future of Serbian people and all Christian nations.

UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic Meets Pope Francis

Before the meeting in the Vatican, UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic presented Pope Francis with the icon of Saint Sava, made by Serbian craftsmen from Prizren, town in breakaway Serbian province Kosovo and Metohija.

The Middle East and human trafficking were the central theme during dicussions this morning between Pope Francis and the UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic. Jeremic also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Dominique Mamberti in the Apostolic Palace.

A number of issues of mutual interest were discussed in particular the resolution of international conflicts through peaceful means, with specific reference to the Middle East, and the serious humanitarian emergencies caused by them. In this context the importance of reconciliation between the various communities that make up society and respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities was recognized. The problem of human trafficking was also dwelt upon as well as the plight of refugees and migrants.

With regard to the present global economic crisis, reference was made to the role that the UN General Assembly could assume in programs for the sustainable development agenda after 2015, which respects the environment and at the same time is capable of reducing the distance between rich and poor.

Meeting confirmed the Holy See’s appreciation for the central role of the Organization in the search for the common good of humanity. Mention was made of the contribution that the Catholic Church also makes, with the means proper to and in accordance with her identity, in favor of the promotion of integral human dignity, peace and a culture of encounter, hoping that those values ​​can always inspire the General Assembly’s debates and deliberations.

Bosnians Send Burek Into Space

Inspired by Bosnian comedy show “Nadrealisti” and the episode in which they send Bosnian national dish burek into space, two space enthusiasts from Sarajevo, Adnan Pasic and Emir Hasimbegovic, have succesfully launched a baloon with a camera to space, equipped with, you guessed it, this great meal.

The description under the youtube video says that burek, launched from Sarajevo, traveled 25 kilometers upwards, only to return with a speed od 600 meters per second, “proving that not everyone who leaves Bosnia never comes back.”

Karadjordjevics Finally Buried In Serbia

Earthly remains of King Petar the Second, Queen Aleksandra, Queen Marija and Prince Andrej were buried today in family tomb at Oplenac in central Serbia.

Coffin with remains of King Petar the Second were carried into the family tomb by members of Serbian Military guard, while the remains of other Karadjordjevic family members were carried in by the members of Association “Kingdom of Serbia”.

The burial was attended by members of Karadjordjevic family, President and Prime Minister of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and Ivica Dacic and members of Crown Council.

The burial was also attended by representatives of royal families from many countries, among which members of royal families of Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Lichtenstein, Bahrain, Austria, Great Britain. Beside them, a large number of foreign diplomats was also present at Oplenac, among which the ambassadors of USA and Great Britain Michael Kirby and Michael Devenport, as well as President of Republika Srpska Milorad Dodik.

Putin-Nikolic Meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic discussed in Sochi current bilateral relations and a number of regional and international issues.

Following the talks, the two presidents signed a Declaration on Strategic Partnership between Russia and Serbia.

Nikolic thanked Vladimir Putin, for Russia’s support of international norms when handling the situation around Kosovo.

“Serbia is grateful to Russia for upholding international law in its stand on the Kosovo issue,” Nikolic said.

The meeting of the two presidents, the third since Nikolic was elected president of Serbia, was attended by First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, on the Serbian side and by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Putin’s foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov on the Russian side.

Five Serbs Freed From Prison In Libya

Five Serbian citizens who were imprisoned in November 2011 by Libyan rebels, under suspicion that they fought on the side of Muammar Gaddafi, returned today to Serbia.

They went to Libya to work at reconstruction of demolished buildings, but they were arrested soon after their arrival in Tripoli.

They were found by the journalists of Russian “Komsomolskaya Pravda” at the Libyan capitol’s airport, in an improvised prison, and notified the Serbian embassy in Libya about it.

Until today’s liberation they were situated in prison in Zintan. During their imprisonment, they were visited once a week by representatives of Serbian embassy in Libya.

Kosovo Doesn’t Accept A Treaty Of Peace, Serbia Expecting The Date For The Start Of Negotiations With The EU

Whilst talks continue to be held for the implementation of the agreement, parties have different interpretations and expectations for it. Meanwhile analysts in Kosovo warn for the birth of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo.

The deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hajredin Kuçi has said that this week, parties will come up with an implementation plan for the agreement reached in Brussels on April 19. But he insists that he’s sure that there won’t be a Treaty of Peace with Serbia. “There will not be a Treaty of Peace with Serbia without the problem of the Albanians in the Valley of Presevo being solved first”, said Kuçi.

Meanwhile, the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vucic has said that Serbia is now expecting aid for economic development and more investments. He expressed his conviction that in June, Serbia will be given the date for the start of negotiations with the EU.

“We demand Pristina to respect the Agreement and not to compensate for something that it has not had. I’d like to stress that Serbia has its own important and crucial issues, besides those that are mentioned, focusing on the economic development and investments”, said Vucic commenting the declarations of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle who said that the agreement is a condition for Serbia if it wants to be given the date for the start of negotiations with the EU in relation to its accession.

Yesterday, Westerwelle has appealed for the implementation of the agreement, which aims the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.

“The implementation of the Brussels Agreement is the main condition for further progress of Serbia in the European path”, said Westerwelle.

Germany is amongst those EU countries which have appealed the most to Serbia to remove its parallel structures from the North of Kosovo and normalize relations with it if it wants to make progress in the integrating process.

Meanwhile, analysts in Kosovo say that this situation may lead to the creation of a Serb Republic in Kosovo.

“Now, with the First Agreement for the Normalization of Relations (2013 Brussels Agreement), which has been accepted by the Delegation of Kosovo and that of Serbia, the autonomy of the Serbs of Kosovo is expanded in domains which were not sanctioned in the Agreement of Rambouillet or the Proposal of Ahtisaari, such as the justice system, police and political institutions. Therefore, we may face the creation of a new SrpskaRepublic and if the Serbs of Kosovo make the most of it, then at the end of this decade we may have a political entity such as SrpskaRepublic”, says analyst Shkelzen Gashi.

Kosovo is negotiating about the implementation of the Agreement and parties are also discussing the technical side of things.