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Živaljević: I was granted an approval to enter the Parliament by President Ivanov’s advisor

Belgrade, 23 August, 2017 - 21:11 (META) 

The security advisor at the embassy of Serbia in Macedonia and a member of the Security Intelligence Agency (BIA), Goran Živaljević, this evening has stated that his presence at the Parliament on the 27th of April was neither clandestine nor hideous but that he was given an approval by President Gjorge Ivanov’s advisor, informs Serbian agency “Tanjug.”

-My mission was neither clandestine or hostile and on top of it the Macedonian agencies were aware of my presence – said Živaljević for Tanjug.

He also said that for his presence at the Parliament he was granted an approval by the President’s Security Advisor, Sinisha Aleksovski.”

-That man knew the reason why I was there and he was informed about that. my mission wasn’t clandestine and wasn’t threatening towards Macedonia’s security, and in the context of the cooperation, we have with Macedonia’s security agencies. My reporting for the activities that evening on the 27th of April was directed towards the president’s cabinet and his security advisor – said Živaljević.

Previously, VMRO-DPMNE refuted the claims of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić that a certain Macedonian institution has given its approval so the Serbian diplomat Goran Živaljević can enter the Parliament of Macedonia during the incident.

Živaljević claims that “in the press release issued by VMRO-DPMNE the title President of Republic of Macedonia is intentionally skipped over.”

VMRO-DPMNE: Vučić isn’t telling the truth as we have checked his claims

Skopje, 23 August, 2017 - 17:06 (META) 

VMRO-DPMNE has issued a press release where it refutes the claims of Serbian president Aleksandar Vučić that a certain Macedonian institution has given its approval to the Serbian diplomat Goran Živaljević to enter the Parliament of Republic of Macedonia during the incident.

“VMRO-DPMNE, which now is an opposition party, within its powers had been checking the facts and had determined that neither MFA, nor the government or the Parliament, the MoI or the Inteligence Agency haven’t received such request nor have granted such approval or permission” said the opposition party.

In an interview for the state broadcasting service RTS, Vučić said that Živaljević has asked the highest representative of the executive power in Macedonia.

-Živaljević didn’t enter the building on his own. He didn’t ask me nor anyone in our country even though he answers to us. He has directly asked the highest representative of Macedonia’s executive power: “I want to be there. Do I have your approval?” They were well acuainted with his presense – said Vučić.

VMRO-DPMNE has called upon the government to check whether someone has given an approval and if there was to publish the document with which a certain institution has issued such approval. The party claims that if no document is shown in the next two days it shall be concluded that no such document as issued.

Brussels has called upon Macedonia and Serbia to exercise restraint

Brussels, 23 August, 2017 - 12:36 (META) 

The European Commission has called upon the authorities in Skopje and Belgrade to exercise restraint and to solve the issue with the withdrawal of the personnel of the Serbian Embassy in Skopje in a calm manner.

The spokesperson of the European Commission said that the diplomatic incident is a bilateral issue for both countries that the European Union is observing with great attention.

-We look to both sides to exercise restraint and deal with the issue calmly, in the spirit of good neighbourly relations – the EU Commission’s spokesperson said.

Offical Belgrade withdrew the whole personnel from their embassy in Skopje, as Serbian Vucic announced, after receiving intelligence about “offensive actions” planned against Serbia.

Without making hasty conclusions, the Government welcomed Belgrade’s announcements of friendly relations

Skopje, 21 August, 2017 - 20:28 (META) 

The government said this afternoon that it will not jump to hasty conclusions about the withdrawal of the entire staff of Serbia’s embassy in the country for consultations in Belgrade, they welcomed statements from officials in Belgrade for “protecting friendly relations and restoring conditions in the usual framework”

“The Republic of Macedonia is developing friendly relations with all neighboring countries. The new Government of the Republic of Macedonia is absolutely committed and undertakes intense steps in the direction of resolving as opposed to creating problems, promoting good neighborly relations, cooperation and partnership with the Republic of Serbia, as well as with other countries in the region. We are convinced that it is the only way that the region moves forward. Regarding this concrete case, without bringing hasty conclusions, we welcome the announcements from Belgrade for the protection of friendly relations and restoration of the situation in the usual framework”, reads the government statement.

Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dačić today stated that staff from the Serbian embassy in Macedonia have been withdrawn for consultations in Belgrade since sufficient intelligence was obtained by Serbian intelligence authorities for many offensive intelligence activities against the authorities and institutions of Serbia”.

Vuchic has no intention to confute Dachic’s statements about Macedonia

Thessaloniki, 13 July, 2017 - 18:09 (META) 

Serbian President Aleksandar Vuchic announced today in Thessaloniki that he has no intention to confute the recent statements issued by the head of Serbian diplomacy, Ivica Dachic, that Serbia has made a mistake for recognizing Macedonia under its constitutional name.

-If I wanted to criticize or confute Dachic, I would have done that easily But, obviously, I haven’t done that – said Vuchic, after the meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Thessaloniki, where the trilateral summit between Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria is happening.

He stressed that in the future, Serbia will be thinking of its own interests and that it will provide friendly assistance to those that are on its side and have helped in the keeping of the principles of the international law, and in that sense “the Greek friends can count on Serbia’s support.”

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras repeated that the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia has to be solved first before the “little Balkan neighbor joins in the ranks of the EU and NATO” reports the Greek daily newspaper “Kathimerini.”

Tsipras: Name issue must be resolved before our tiny neighbour joins NATO, EU

Athens, 13 July, 2017 - 15:38 (META) 

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has repeated today that the name dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) must be resolved before the tiny Balkan neighbor can join the European Union and NATO, reports the Greek daily newspaper “Kathimerini.”

Speaking during a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić ahead of a trilateral summit of Greek, Serbian and Bulgarian leaders in Thessaloniki, Tsipras said that there are “decisions of the European Council and the NATO summit that say that the name issue must be resolved first, in a mutually acceptable way.”

He also said that the foreign ministers of both countries are in regular contact, while Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will talk with United Nations envoy Matthew Nimitz, who is mediating the talks between Greece and FYROM over the name issue.

The issue of security and stability in the Western Balkans is to be the focal point of the trilateral while Tsipras,Vučić and Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria are also expected to discuss Thessaloniki train links with Burgas and Belgrade, as well as energy cooperation between the three countries.

Trilateral meeting Tsipras – Vučić – Borisov in Thessaloniki, Macedonia will be one of the topics

Thessaloniki, 11 July, 2017 - 18:22 (META) 

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on Thursday in Thessaloniki, reports the Greek news agency ANA-MPA.
Tsipras and Vučić will participate in the Greek-Serbian high-Level Cooperation Council, after which they will give a joint statement.

After the meeting with the Serbian President, Tsipras will meet with his Bulgarian counterpart in the afternoon, after which a joint meeting of the leaders of Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia will be announced. The Greek media still does not know what shall be discussed at the meeting, however, a joint press conference has also been announced.

Antonio Milososki, an MP from VMRO-DPMNE wrote on his Twitter account, that a meeting will be held in Thessaloniki with the prime ministers of Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia, which will focus on relations with Macedonia. He says that the Macedonian government was not invited to this regional meeting.


Ivanov – Vučić: Open issues between Macedonia and Serbia should not be politicized

Skopje, 24 June, 2017 - 14:32 (META) 

We must address all open questions through a dialog and the competent institutions have find solutions, stated President Gjorge Ivanov after his meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vučić. He added that the meeting was constructive and agreed that open questions should not be politicized” stated Ivanov.

“Wherever the problems are, there solutions should be found. We should not politicized and not to give a special meaning to questions which are institution’s responsibility”, stated Ivanov.

When Ivanov was asked if at the meeting was discussed the idea regarding a common regional market, he answered that it was in the interest of the whole region and it both countries would be responsible.

The political dialog between the two countries is expected to continue when President Vučić is next in the Republic of Macedonia.

Vučić and Ivanov exchanged “heavy and harsh words” with Thaci and Nishani at Brdo, Kranj

Kranj, 4 June, 2017 - 10:00 (META) 

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić has said that in Kranj, he and the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov have exchanged “heavy and harsh words with the Albanian representatives” at the meeting, saying further that it is better that way rather than taking the issues on the streets, reports B92.

Vučić said that he can’t remember any other such heavy and harsh discussion he has had as the one with the Kosovar President Hashim Tachi, but that together with Ivanov, they have clearly shown what is right in the behavior of the people in Pristina and the plans for a Great Albania.

“They tried to show that these claims are a made up stuff by Belgrade and I have to say that the Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov completely supported all the arguments that I brought out and was very harsh and to some it looked like we are having a block of Serbia and Macedonia against the two Albanian representatives, which wasn’t the case” said Vučić.

Otherwise, Vučić and Ivanov took part in the leaders’ meeting of the process Brdo – Brioni, that took part in Brdo, Kranj.

At the meeting which was hosted by the presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Borut Pahor and Kolinda Grabar- Kitarović, also participated the president of Germany, Frank Walter Steinmeier, who was a special guest, the President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović, the President of Kosovo, Hashim Tachi, the President of Albania, Bujar Nishani and the member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Dragan Čović.

It’s not a criminal act that a Serbian intelligence officer was in the Macedonian Parliament, says Vučić

Brussels, 25 May, 2017 - 13:25 (META) 

The Serbian Prime Minister, Aleksandar Vučić, after last night’s informal dinner with the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans, when asked by a journalist about the presence of an advisor of the Serbian Embassy in Skopje in the Parliament building during the violence on the 27th of April, he said that the embassy’s advisor didn’t commit any crimes nor did he take part in the violence, reports Beta agency.

A day before yesterday, Telma television reported that Goran Živaljević, an officer of the Serbian Intelligence Agency BIA was present in Parliament during the mayhem.

Vučić replied that during the protests that were against him there were people from Macedonia in Belgrade and he said: “So What?”

Vučić has stated for the Serbian media that with the Macedonian mandatary, Zoran Zaev, he had decent relations and that Serbia wants to have good relations with Macedonia. SDSM party leader in his interviews in Serbia called the Serbian government “nationalistic.”

“Zaev was very well mannered this evening. I don’t want to talk about private relations. We want to have good relations with Macedonia and we will have them”, said Vučić.