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Feb 26, 2013

Kosovo’s president says Serbia to disband clandestine security forces

PRISTINA/BELGRADE (Reuters) – Kosovo’s president said on Tuesday that Serbia has agreed to disband a security operation in the north of its former province that Belgrade – racing to clinch EU accession talks – denies exists.

Serbia said no such deal had been done and has denied Western accusations for years that it maintains clandestine security forces in a northern, Serb pocket of neighboring Kosovo, the majority-Albanian territory that broke away in a 1998-99 war and declared independence in 2008.

Feb 20, 2013

Minister accuses Serb opposition of smear campaign over milk

BELGRADE, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Serbia’s agriculture minister
accused the opposition on Wednesday of preying on public health
fears over contaminated milk to try to topple a government
already under pressure over allegations of links between
politicians and the mafia.

The authorities have ordered an unspecified number of
dairies to withdraw their milk from shops pending tests for
aflatoxin, a potentially carcinogenic product of the Aspergillus
fungi species, often found in grains.

Feb 14, 2013

Serbia says it uncovers plot to bring down government plane

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbian authorities said they had uncovered a plot by “criminal clans” to bring down a government plane carrying a national leader, in the latest twist to a murky row over the links between mafia and politicians.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who is also interior minister, had nevertheless decided to board one of the government’s two planes for his return to Belgrade from Dublin on Thursday evening.

Feb 7, 2013

Serbia tells state power monopoly to restructure or go bust

BELGRADE, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Serbia’s finance minister told
state-run power monopoly EPS on Thursday to restructure or face
bankruptcy, refusing it any financial help and offering only
“moral support”.

EPS is owed 120 billion dinars ($1.46 bln) by customers and
losses last year were 33 billion dinars, mainly because the
company is forced to absorb the cost of subsidised tariffs,
Acting General Manager Aleksandar Obradovic said on Thursday.

Feb 4, 2013

Serb PM says victim of plot to link him to drug barons

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister said on Monday he was the victim of a “cunning and dirty” plot to topple him following a flurry of leaks linking the Socialist leader to a suspected drug trafficker.

Prime Minister Ivica Dacic has denied there was anything untoward in his meetings in 2008 and 2009 with Rodoljub Radulovic, known as Misha Banana.

Feb 2, 2013

Serbian coalition rocked by leaks against prime minister

BELGRADE (Reuters) – A close aide to Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic accused Dacic’s SNS coalition partners on Saturday of staging a smear campaign after media reports linked Dacic to an alleged drug trafficker.

The row rocked the coalition just as speculation grows that SNS, the biggest party in parliament and riding high in the polls, will quit the government and try to force an early election.

Feb 1, 2013

Serbia, Kosovo presidents to hold first talks since secession

BELGRADE/PRISTINA (Reuters) – The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks next week in Brussels for the first time since Serbia’s former province seceded in 2008, officials said, in the latest sign of progress in EU-mediated talks to reconcile the neighbors.

The February 6 meeting will be the first between Serbia’s Tomislav Nikolic, once a firebrand advocate of the Greater Serbia policy that fomented the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, and Atifete Jahjaga of majority-Albanian Kosovo.

Jan 31, 2013

Serbia PM orders inquiry into “Basic Instinct” fake TV interview

BELGRADE, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister, who
was flashed by a model without underwear masquerading as a
television interviewer, has launched an investigation into how
he became the target of the prank, an aide said on Thursday.

The video of Ivica Dacic being interviewed by a brunette
former model from Croatian Playboy, who uncrosses her legs in a
scene reminiscent of actress Sharon Stone in the film “Basic
Instinct”, has been viewed 2.7 million times on YouTube.

Jan 31, 2013

Serb support for joining EU lowest on record – poll

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The proportion of Serbs in favour of the country’s efforts to join the European Union has fallen to the lowest level since the first poll a decade earlier, a survey showed on Thursday.

In a poll of 1000 respondents between Dec 14 and Dec 21 2012, only 41 percent said they would vote for joining the EU, down from 49 percent in June 2012 and the lowest since the question was first surveyed in 2002. The poll was carried out by Serbia’s Office for European Integration and TNS Medium Gallup.

Jan 16, 2013

Serbian PM says “illusory” to discuss U.N. seat for Kosovo

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia’s prime minister appeared to row back on Wednesday from talk of a deal allowing Kosovo to join the United Nations, saying it was “illusory” to even discuss the issue without a comprehensive settlement on its former province.

Remarks by Ivica Dacic on Tuesday, in which he held out the prospect of U.N. membership for Kosovo, raised eyebrows in Serbia and angered nationalists for whom the majority Albanian state is the cradle of the Serbian nation and its Orthodox faith.