Fake news about migrants are causing hatred in Serbia

Belgrade, 24 October, 2018 - 12:32 (META) 

The Commissariat for Refugees and Migration s in Serbia has issued a warning yesterday that fake news is spread on social networks about an alleged attack by a group of immigrants on a 17-year-old girl at the center of Belgrade.

“This is not the first case of spreading fake news on social networks about migrants in Serbia. Social networks are used as a place for freely expressing hatred and xenophobia towards these people, and the main weapon are the fake news – starting from granting money to migrants, 10 eur per person, to signing agreements with them for a permanent residence in Serbia” announced the Serbian Commissariat.

The Serbian Ministry of Interior disputed the information published on the social networks that a group of migrants has raped a 17-year-old girl in the center of Belgrade in front of passers-by and stated that in the area of Belgrade a case like that was not reported and evidenced.

The Ministry stated that the police, on a warrant issued by the Special Prosecution Office for High Tech Crime, will conduct official hearings with the persons that have published these claims on social networks.

A successful referendum means peace for Kosovo

Skopje, 12 September, 2018 - 16:33 (META) 

After meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci called on the citizens of Macedonia to vote in favor of the referendum, adding that a successful referendum would mean peace for Kosovo.

“The future of Kosovo and Macedonia is to aim for the EU and NATO. Kosovo gives its support for Macedonia to move forward towards NATO for a European future. I urge the citizens to participate in the referendum and vote for Macedonia in NATO. This is a historic moment, an opportunity to be seized,” said Thaci.

The President of Kosovo also touched on the relations between Belgrade and Pristina, pointing out that it will not be easy for the process alone to make a historic final decision and to resolve issues between Kosovo and Serbia, but that’s why dialogue exists.

“You have concluded the agreement with Greece, now it is Kosovo and Serbia’s turn to find a solution by dialogue. You know that this will not be an easy process to make a historic final decision to resolve the issues between Kosovo and Serbia, but that’s why dialogue exists. We have many barriers, but I am optimistic, because it is better to reach an agreement now rather than three decades later. I will make a huge effort to reach an agreement with Serbia which means reciprocal recognition,” adds Thaci, who says he has assured Zaev that a possible settlement between Kosovo and Serbia will not be by blasting neighboring countries.

He added that Macedonia welcomes dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, which it considers key to the stability of the region.

Putin to visit Serbia either in October or November

Belgrade, 4 September, 2018 - 16:18 (META) 

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, will visit Serbia either in October or November this year, announced today the Russian Ambassador in Belgrade, Alexandar Chepurin.

-We expect that President Putin will visit Serbia either in October or in November – said Chepurin during his visit to the building of the railroad tunnel Chortanovci, that is part of the railroad line Belgrade- Budapest and is financed with a Russian loan for modernizing the railroad network.

Previously, Moscow announced that Putin has accepted the invitation to visit Serbia, but no date was announced. The Serbian media speculated with potential dates such as 1st of November – the centenary of the liberation of Belgrade during WWI or the 11th of November – the centenary of the signing of the armistice treaty that ended WWI.

Putin visited Belgrade in 2014 when he attended the military parade during the 70th anniversary of the city’s liberation during WWII.

Kotzias – Dačić: A step forward in the Greece-Macedonia name negotiations

Belgrade, 11 April, 2018 - 23:49 (META) 

Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, after meeting with his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dačić in Belgrade, said that the name dispute between Greece and Macedonia had taken a step forward, and that the key to resolving the problem was “realism, pragmatism and understanding that compromises need to be made”, reported the Serbian media.

“We need to make compromises, but not “rotten” compromises, those that will please both sides. A compromise means that both sides should realize that they can not get everything they want, but that they should benefit”, said the Greek foreign minister.

Kotzias added that he hopes the two sides in the negotiations will understand this and that there will be positive results.

Meanwhile, the Serbian foreign minister said that it would be most effective and beneficial for the talks to be conducted directly and that both sides should think of the common interest of the entire region. Dačić also stressed that Serbia understands Greece’s position and repeated its long-held view that it was a mistake that the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia recognized Macedonia under its constitutional name, stressing that it was a “misguided and wrong step”.

“Skopje’s behavior towards Serbia and the Serbian national and state interest was not adequate. They recognized unilateral acts”, he said, referring to the recognition of Kosovo by the Republic of Macedonia.

According to Dačić, Serbia wants the name issue to be resolved, however it can not offer much help, except to offer the two parties a location to meet on occasion in Serbia.

Brnabić: Serbia will do its best to have the best relations with Macedonia

Belgrade, 9 September, 2017 - 17:51 (META) 

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić arrived at a reception organized in Belgrade for Independence Day of the Republic of Macedonia, and said that Serbia would do its best to have the best relations with Macedonia. She said that she did not speak with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev or Macedonia’s ambassador to Belgrade Vera Jovanovska-Tipko, about the possibility of Macedonia supporting Kosovo’s membership in Interpol.

“Tonight I do not want to talk about that. Tonight we celebrate our good relations and the Day of Macedonia. Serbia is open, flexible and we will do our best to have the best relations, said Brnbić, who wished the Republic of Macedonia the best on occasion of the national holiday on behalf of the Serbian government.

She stressed that yesterday she talked with Ambassador Jovanovska-Tipko for further cooperation between the two countries and reminded that she had sent an official call to Macedonian Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev to visit Belgrade in November.

At the reception organized in Belgrade, Macedonian Ambassador to Serbia Vera Jovanovska-Tipko said that Macedonia’s permanent commitment is the development of good relations with all neighbors.

“These good relations do not imply the illusion of an idyllic atmosphere, but relationships in which open issues are resolved through frank dialogue, mutual respect and mutual trust. It is this kind of relations that strives with our friendly neighbor Serbia, which is not connected with many elements of the past, the present and the future, but mostly of human relations and mutual sympathies are a permanent value and an incentive for continuous improvement of relations”, said Jovanovska-Tipko.

Apart from the Serbian Prime Minister, Serbian Parliament Speaker Maja Gojković, and the Minister for Labour, Zoran Đorđević, representatives of the diplomatic corps were also received at the reception.

MFA: Staff from the Serbian Embassy have been called to Belgrade for consultations

Skopje, 21 August, 2017 - 13:16 (META) 

The Minister of Foreign Affairs recieved a note today from the Serbian Embassy in Skopje. The note reported that the staff from the embassy have been called back to Serbia for consulations in Belgrade, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia is not aware of the reasons for this decision, and established communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia in order to determine the reasons for this procedure. According to the relevant provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the necessary institutions in Macedonia will undertake measures to protect the security and integrity of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Skopje”, said the MFA in a statement.

MFA demands Belgrade urgently remove the FYROM reference from pay toll receipts

Skopje, 20 January, 2017 - 14:37 (META) 

The Macedonian ministry of foreign affairs (MFA) has requested from the authorities in Belgrade to urgently change the naming of our country on the fiscal bills issued at the tolls in Serbia, as was announced by MFA.

“The ministry of foreign affairs of Macedonia through diplomatic means has requested a correction of how Republic of Macedonia is named by Republic of Serbia’s state institutions” was written in the press release that comes with the appearance of naming Republic of Macedonia with the reference or with the acronym of the reference at the tolls in Serbia.

Representatives of the MFA stated that the use of the reference and the acronym of the reference instead of the constitutional name of Republic of Macedonia is in contradiction with the established diplomatic relations between Macedonia and Serbia.

“This inconsistency should be immediately corrected. We believe that this provocation that is hurting the feelings of the Macedonian citizens is not a reflection of good neighborly relations” said MFA.
„A few days ago on Twitter there was a photograph of a bill issued at a Serbian pay toll in Preshevo that had the term FYROM for Macedonia.

On Tuesday, “Meta” contacted the Serbian public enterprise JP “Srbija Pat” since when does Macedonia is named as FYROM on its fiscal bills, but we still haven’t received any reply on our requests.

Hahn: European Parliament is seeking a solution for Macedonia

Скопје, 8 May, 2015 - 10:47 (META) 

The European Commission provides support and we are trying to provide all conditions for an independent investigation in Macedonia, said EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn from Belgrade.

– The situation is very serious and dangerous. MEPs seek to discuss solutions among key parties in the conflict. There must be an investigation for criminal liability on one hand, and for the political scandal on the other, so it is necessary for the opposition to return to the Assembly immediately, there has to be an executive committee that will work on the political responsibility of the case. Regardless of political accountability, justice must follow this case to the end. As the European Commission, we support it and try to provide all conditions for an independent investigation. The responsible parties in country should deal with it, but they should do so in line with European rules – said Hahn.

15 people accused of stealing the identity of the brother of the Prime Minister arrested in Serbia

Белград, 10 April, 2015 - 14:47 (META) 

In several cities in Serbia, more than 15 people were arrested this morning, as part of an investigation into identity theft of Andrej Vuchik, brother of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vuchik.

It is an investigation of the case in which the ID card with data of Andrej Vuchik was used for registering the fictional enterprise “Asomakum”.

The question for the work of this company is raised in Serbian Parliament last fall by the MP of NS Zoran Zhivkovik.

Prime Minister Vuchik immediately said his brother’s identity was stolen and Interior Minister Nebojsha Stefanovik stressed that police “irrefutably established” that there was forging of the ID card of Andrej Vuchik.