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Citizens' Initiative SDP: Ivanovic's health deteriorates

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The Citizens' Initiative Serbia, Democracy, Justice (SDP) pointed out that despite the fact that the mayoral campaign is in full swing in Kosovska Mitrovica, the head of the SDP electoral list Oliver Ivanovic is still in custody in Pristina under unfounded accusations and his health has deteriorated.

Serbia, Azerbaijan sign defense cooperation agreement

BELGRADE - Serbian Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodic and his Azerbaijani counterpart Zakir Hasanov have signed a defense cooperation agreement.

After signing the document in Belgrade on Monday, the two ministers expressed satisfaction about good relations between the two countries further improving.

Mandic wins gold in Egypt

BELGRADE - Serbia's Olympic champion in taekwondo Milica Mandic won the gold medal at the prestigious tournament in Luxor, Egypt.

By defeating Uzbekistan's Umida Abdullayeva, the Serbian athlete won the title in the category up to 73 kilogrammes at the G2 series tournament which brought her 20 new points on the world list, Taekwondo Club Galeb released.

Venizelos visits Serbia on Tuesday

BELGRADE - Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's deputy prime minister and foreign minister, will visit Serbia on Tuesday, in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union.

Citizens should say whether or not they want reforms

BELGRADE - Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) leader and the country's first deputy prime minister, has said that it is very important that the March 16 elections show if the people want Serbia to go boldly forward with reforms or not, stressing that if the SNS wins the citizens' confidence, the party will insist on recovering Serbian economy and setting up a stable and legal sta

Screening of Chapter 26, one of easier chapters, to begin

BELGRADE - The so-called explanatory screening for Chapter 26 (Education and culture), expected to be one of easier for Serbia in the EU accession process, will begin in Brussels on February 20.

SPS-PUPS-JS is for reforms and presidential election

NOVI SAD - Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) President Ivica Dacic said at an election rally of the SPS-PUPS-JS coalition on Sunday the coalition wanted reforms, but not those that would "eat people," that Vojvodina needed elections and that Serbia needed a presidential election.

Dacic: I offered Vucic premiership several times

BELGRADE - Ivica Dacic, prime minister in the outgoing Serbian government and leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS), has said that he asked First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic several times if he wanted to become prime minister without calling elections but Vucic told him it was not a goal of his.

Miscevic: Elections are not slowing down EU integration

BELGRADE - Elections in Serbia are not slowing down European integration, Tanja Miscevic, Serbia’s chief negotiator in the talks with the EU said Sunday, adding, however, that reforms that Europe demands necessitate rapid formation of institutions after the elections.

Nikolic: Serbia is on clear course that cannot be stopped

BELGRADE - The outgoing government had a difficult task and performed it successfully, meaning that Serbia has started the talks with the EU, so it is on a clear course, which cannot be stopped, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said.

Nikolic: Respect for hard work and creativeness

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has said to winners of decorations that to see hard work and creativeness recognized and exceptional and deserving individuals highlighted is not only an important satisfaction to award winners, but also a way in which society is built and a message that it is worthwhile to devote oneself to something, to create, and that enormous efforts and achiev

Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic laid a wreath on Sunday

OPLENAC - Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dacic laid a wreath on Sunday at the tomb of the leader of the First Serbian Uprising Karadjordje Petrovic at the Church of St George in Oplenac and said that now was not the time to experiment with stathood, but to by united.

"That is why it is important to have political and economic unity in the country," he told reporters.

Nikolic: Let us do everything for progress of people

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic hosted a reception on February 15 to mark Statehood Day and said at the event that everybody in Serbia should be united and do all they can for the survival and progress of their people.

Protest to Vatican over intent to declare Stepinac saint

ZAGREB - Alen Budaj, an associate of the Jerusalem-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, has said that the coutries that are legal successors to the former Yugoslavia, Serbia in particular, must send a strong diplomatic protest to the Vatican over its intention declare Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac a saint.