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Stoudmann: Serbia is engine of favorable processes in region

BELGRADE - Serbia is an engine taking regional processes in a favorable direction, Gerard Stoudmann, OSCE chairperson-in-office special representative on the Western Balkans, said in Belgrade Tuesday.

Ethnic Albanians urged to resume discussions

BELGRADE - The recent interruption of discussions with political and institutional representatives of ethnic Albanians in Presevo and Bujanovac has brought "no good to anyone," the head of the Serbian government's coordination body for southern Serbia said on Tuesday, urging a resumption of the discussions.

Tolerance and dialogue against hate speech

CACAK - The Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport has started a campaign and initiated the creation of a national committee for battling hate speech on the Internet, and the central event of this project, entitled Using Tolerance and Dialogue against Hate Speech, was held in Cacak, central Serbia, on Tuesday.

Kocijancic urges fast resolution of fate of missing from KiM

BRUSSELS - Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, called on Belgrade and Pristina on Tuesday to find effective ways to resolve the fate of missing persons from Kosovo-Metohija (KiM).

Renowned sculptor Olga Jevric passes away

BELGRADE - Olga Jevric, Serbia's renowned sculptor and academician, passed away at the age of 92, her family has said.

Jevric died on Monday.

Serbia to play against Romania in Fed Cup playoffs

BELGRADE - The Serbian national female tennis team will play against Romania in the match for the last place in the Fed Cup second world group, the draw in London determined on Tuesday.

NBS governor: Banks in Serbia are stable

BELGRADE - National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Governor Jorgovanka Tabakovic said Tuesday that none of the 29 banks in Serbia is facing lack of liquidity, citizens' savings are guaranteed by the state and the forthcoming early parliamentary elections are not among causes of the local currency downfall.

PDA decides to go to elections

BUJANOVAC - The Party for Democratic Action (PDA), which gathers ethnic Albanians from southern Serbia, has decided to take part in the early parliamentary elections scheduled for March 16.

Chair of the PDA Bujanovac municipal committee Saip Kamberi confirmed for Tanjug that PDA wishes to test its strength in the elections and hopes to win at least one MP seat.

Mihajlovic expects Ivanovic, Delibasic to be released

BELGRADE - Certain progress has been made in calming the situation in Kosovo-Metohija, Milivoje Mihajlovic, the head of the Serbian government's press office said on Tuesday, adding that he expects Oliver Ivanovic and Dragoljub Delibasic to be released pending trial.

Copies of Our Lady of Ljevis frescoes in northern Mitrovica

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - An exhibition titled 'Details of the iconography at the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis' has opened at the town museum in Kosovska Mitrovica, in cooperation with the Belgrade-based National Museum, as part of the events marking the Statehood Day of Serbia.

Opposing views on Kosovo in UN

NEW YORK - In the meeting on Kosovo held at UN Headquarters in New York late on Monday, Serbia's outgoing Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said that any debate referring to potential change in the scope and mandate of EULEX should not bypass the UN Security Council, having in mind that UN serves as an umbrella organization for the international presence in KiM.

Ban: Efforts must continue to consolidate already achieved

NEW YORK - The year 2013 was a year of significant political progress which culminated in the landmark agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, and in 2014, efforts must continue to consolidate these critical achievements of the past year in the Brussels dialogue and along the path toward regional reconciliation, stability and prosperity, reads the latest report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-m

URS submits slate for snap parliamentary poll

BELGRADE - The United Regions of Serbia submitted on Monday its slate, entitled Let's Work and Live for the snap parliamentary election on March 16.

The first name on the slate is that of URS leader Mladjan Dinkic, follwed yb Sasa Milenic and Verica Kalanovic.

URS Vice Preisdent Suzana Grubjesic is 6th on the list.

EP delegation confers with SPS officials

BELGRADE - A delegation of the European Parliament (EP) headed by President of the group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the EP Hannes Swoboda visited the Socialist Party o Serbia on Monday, and the talks at the end of the meeting covered the current political situation.

Nikolic decorates Itsuko Teruoka and Stella Jatras

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed a decree on Monday, to mark the Statehood Day on February 15, whereby he decorated professor Itsuko Teruoka from Japan by a gold medal of merit for her exceptional engagement in humanitarian activities and delivered a posthumous decoration to Stella Jatras of the U.S.