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Consultations at NATO Headquarters

Brussels, 22 March 2016 - Acting Assistant Foreign Minister for Security Policy, Ambassador Branimir Filipovic, held today at NATO Headquartersin Brussels consultations with the NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Securiy Policy, Ambassador Thrasyvoulos Stamatopoulos.

They centred attention on the achieved development of Serbia-NATO PfP cooperation and further steps within their PfP cooperation, with the aim of promoting regional stability and security. Ambassador Stamatopoulos expressed his highly positive views on the achievements of the partner cooperation, reiterating his high assessment of Secretary General Stoltenberg's visit to Belgrade and its results.

Ambassador Filipovic had a separate meeting with the NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, during which they examined Serbia's further participation in the Science for Peace and Security Programme that proved to be very useful for our research and other institutions.

Ambassador Filipovic also had talks with representatives of the Operations Division, Defence Investments Division , and Public Diplomacy Division, who spoke positively of cooperation with KFOR in the field, while the Serbian side expressed concern for the safety of the Serbian population and cultural and religious heritage sites in Kosovo and Metohija.

Permanent Representative of Slovakia to NATO, Ambassador Tomáš Valášek, organized a meeting with a group of Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives to NATO, in which they exchanged views in an open and constructive atmosphere on a wide range of issues.


MFA officials meet with NATO PA delegation

Belgrade, 9 March 2016 - First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic welcomed today a delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security, which is visiting the Republic of Serbia.

The delegation was led by Lord Tom Michael Jopling, Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Ms. Ulla Schmidt, General Rapporteur of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security and Vice-President of the Bundestag. Moreover, the NATO PA delegation also included prominent MPs from NATO member and partner countries.

During the meeting, national and foreign policy priorities of the Republic of Serbia, European integration, cooperation with NATO through the Partnership for Peace programme, challenges faced in the context of the migrant crisis, as well as issues of regional cooperation were discussed.

Referring to the relations with NATO, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic emphasised that the Republic of Serbia had no ambition to become a NATO member country and it was committed to adhering to its policy of military neutrality, reiterating Serbia's commitment to developing partner cooperation with the Alliance through available mechanisms and activities within the Partnership for Peace programme.

Minister Dacic underlined the importance of not downsizing KFOR's presence in Kosovo and Metohija, as a key guarantor of security in the province. He placed special emphasis on NATO security guarantees that the so-called Kosovo armed forces would have no access to northern Kosovo without KFOR's permission. In that sense, he highlighted the extremely important role which KFOR played in the implementation of the Brussels Agreement.

The First Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated the Republic of Serbia's commitment to advancement of regional cooperation with the aim of maintaining lasting peace and stability in the region.


Serbia will not alter its policy of military neutrality

Belgrade, 9 March 2016 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic reiterated today at a meeting with a delegation of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly that Serbia is a militarily neutral country, and that we will not change our position.

He expressed his gratitude for the role that KFOR has as a guarantor of security of the Serbian people in Kosovo-Metohija. He presented the delegation of the Committee, headed by Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO Lord Thomas Michael Jopling, the current situation and the priorities of Serbia in the field of interior, foreign and security policy.

The Prime Minister said that Serbia remains committed to its foreign policy goal, which is full membership in the European Union, as well as the implementation of economic and social reforms. Vucic said that the participation of a delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia at the annual sessions of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as an associate member contributes to mutual understanding and trust. He also expressed satisfaction with the strengthening of cooperation.

Members of the Committee on the Civil Dimension of Security praised and supported the efforts of Serbia to invest in preserving the stability of the Western Balkans. They also expressed support for Serbia's European integration.


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