22-02-08

Demonstrations Against Illegal Partition of Serbia (Serbian Institute)

In an act of solidarity, please join us for Kosovo information session in our peaceful protest against illegal partition of Serbia, at 3 PM on Sunday, 24 February 2008, at Schuman Square, Brussels.

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Europeans,

Kosovo is our heart! Don't tear it out!

Stand up for international law!

Raise your voice against awarding ethnically motivated secessionism!

Today it is Kosovo, tomorrow it could be the Basque region, Corsica, Cyprus, South Tyrol, Republic of Srpska, South Ossetia, Abkhazia ...

And do not take us wrong! We are not a priori against the right of self-determination, but against its endorsement in breach of basic principles of international law! The existing one, and only until it is replaced by some new principles, for which the United Nations Security Council has the exclusive right.

The citizens of Serbia have unanimously condemned self-declared and illegal independence by Kosovo. Serbian Diaspora of Belgium and various other countries will show their disproval with the recent political developments in Brussels where certain EU member states have expressed their will to recognize illegal partition of our country.We believe that international law must be fully respected and in this case, the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo is in severe breach of international law - the UN Charter, UN Resolution 1244, Helsinki Final Act and the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.

We are convinced that a constructive solution can be found on sustainable social and economic basis, benefiting people in the entire territory of Serbia, irrespective of their ethnic background. This separatist development can be seen as a threat for stability and sustainable development, being a model for further similar movements, often even classified as terrorist movements, both in Europe and world-wide.

Join us and stand up for international law on Sunday in our peaceful protest. Give your contribution to the wave of protests across Europe and world-wide!

http://www.serbianinstitute.org

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EU, US, NATO, go home !

200.000 Serviërs betoogden tegen de EU, de NAVO en de VS. De Amerikaanse ambassade moest eraan geloven. Begrijpelijk ! De VS-regering is verantwoordelijk voor het dreigend verlies van het hart van Servië, Kosovo. Servië moet "Danger Zone" worden voor elke Amerikaanse diplomaat of militair !

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30-01-08

Serb nationalist Nikolic pledges pro-Russian stance if wins vote

Serbia's nationalist presidential contender told Russian lawmakers on Wednesday that if elected, his policies will be favorable to Russia, a deputy speaker of the lower house of parliament said.

Serbian Radical Party leader Tomislav Nikolic is currently neck-and-neck in the opinion polls with pro-European incumbent Boris Tadic ahead of the February 3 runoff. Nicolic arrived in Russia on Tuesday on a two-day visit, and met on Wednesday with the speakers of the two houses of parliament.

Nikolic "said that in his position as a leader and a potential president he will insist that cooperation with Russia be expanded in economics, politics and other spheres," said Alexander Babakov, deputy State Duma speaker.

The candidate considers that Serbia's "main political partner is Russia," he said.

The nationalist Serb politician's campaign for president has been given a boost by the ongoing dispute over Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo, which is expected to unilaterally declare its independence in the next few weeks, despite resistance from Belgrade.

Russia has consistently backed Belgrade's position on Kosovo and supported Serbia's territorial integrity.

Nikolic, seen as an anti-Western far-right figure, gained a five-point advantage in Sunday's first voting round, sparking concerns in the EU. Although the president's powers are limited in Serbia, the office has important symbolic significance.Tomislav Nikolic

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Will Russia’s stake win in Serbian elections?

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RIA Novosti political commentator Yelena Shesternina

On Friday, Vladimir Putin met with Serbian President Boris Tadic and Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica in the Kremlin.

It was announced that the main goal of the visit was to sign agreements in the oil and gas sphere (Gazprom’s planned purchase of the controlling interest in the state-run oil company NIS and the laying of a section of the South Stream gas pipeline on Serbian territory) and discuss privatization of the Serbian airline JAT - Aeroflot wants to buy a controlling block of shares in it.

But the talks were not limited to economic projects. The parties discussed Kosovo and the domestic political situation in Serbia. On February 3, Serbia will have a second round of presidential elections, and Boris Tadic needs Moscow’s support as never before.

He is not the only one, though. The winner of the first round, nationalist Tomislav Nikolic is going to visit Moscow in several days. He will also try to persuade the Russian authorities to give him public support. But only deputies of the State Duma are ready to meet him. No meetings are planned with Putin or Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Moreover, the latter did not even know that a potential future Serbian president was coming to Moscow. “We have received no notification of this,” Lavrov said at a news conference this week. Such ignorance makes it clear that Moscow has already placed its stake in the Serbian elections.

Why have Kremlin officials and Russian diplomats decided to support Tadic? Nikolic - number two in the Serbian Radical Party (number one is Vojislav Seselj who is accused by the Hague Tribunal of crimes against humanity) - looks a bigger supporter of friendship with Moscow than his opponent. Tadic is ready to be friends with Russia, but to no bigger extent than with the West and is hoping for Serbia to join the European Union (EU) sooner or later. The president believes that even the loss of Kosovo (most NATO members are in favor of its independence) will not ruin these plans.

Meanwhile, Nikolic bluntly said that he is prepared to sever relations with the West as soon as it recognizes Kosovo’s independence, that Serbia can live without the EU, and that deployment of a Russian military base on Serbian territory may be a reply to Kosovo’s cessation. Nikolic believes that Moscow would benefit from this step - it would be an adequate answer to the plans to deploy U.S. missile defense elements in the Czech Republic and Poland. “If the United States deploys missiles in Europe as a counter-terrorist measure, Russia can set up a stronghold in Serbia,” he said. Serbia will host Russian missiles with nuclear warheads, he added.

Moscow has not replied to this for several reasons. First, although Nikolic has won the first round, there is no guarantee that he will win the second one. A little more than four percent between the two main rivals is not such a big gap. Now everything depends on who the outsiders of the first round will support.

Right now, the current president has more potential supporters. This is why Moscow does not want to give Nikolic additional dividends in the form of open support - he will remain a friend of Moscow and does not even have to be persuaded, as distinct from Tadic. If the prospects of the EU entry become real, Tadic may forget his current pro-Russian leanings.

Second, support for radical Nikolic has obvious minuses, even if he wins the elections. Deploying nuclear missiles in the Balkans is tantamount to overt confrontation with the West. Nikolic may forget about his proposal right after the voting - everything goes on the eve of the elections when the rating is at stake. Nobody can guarantee that this proposal is no more than election rhetoric. The Russian leaders have never heard about this proposal - it was made public in the media.

Third, Russia is not at all interested in Serbia’s complete isolation, which will be the case if Nikolic wins. Unlike NATO, the expansion of the EU has not irritated Moscow. It has found unpleasant only the attempts of some new EU members to settle accounts with Moscow under the EU cover - this is particularly true of the Baltic nations and Poland. But Serbia will never behave like that. Moscow would welcome the appearance of a new pro-Russian state in the EU, all the more so since Serbia has very few friends there.

Obviously Russia has placed its stake. Now it will have to wait for February 3 to see whether it will win.Putin-Kostunica-Tadic

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27-01-08

Présidentielle serbe: un candidat à la présidence participera à une réunion d'un comité parlementaire russe

Le candidat au second tour de la présidentielle du 3 février en Serbie Tomislav Nikolic est attendu lundi 28 janvier à une réunion élargie du Comité pour les Affaires internationales de la Douma (Chambre basse du parlement russe), a appris vendredi aux journalistes à Moscou le président du comité Konstantin Kossatchev.

Selon M. Kossatchev, cette réunion sera consacrée à la situation autour de la province serbe du Kosovo dont la majorité albanaise cherche à obtenir l'indépendance vis-à-vis de la Serbie.

Les participants à cette future rencontre se proposent notamment d'analyser le déroulement de la discussion à la dernière session de l'Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l'Europe (APCE).

Comme l'a fait remarquer le président du Comité pour les Affaires internationales de la Chambre basse du parlement russe, lors de la session de janvier, des décisions très importantes ont été adoptées à l'APCE en ce qui concerne la confirmation de la prise de position russe sur l'inadmissibilité d'une proclamation unilatérale d'indépendance du Kosovo.

Ainsi, les parlementaires européens ont soutenu l'amendement préparé par la Russie à la résolution sur le problème du futur statut du Kosovo, conformément auquel "les parties au conflit sont appelées à la poursuite des négociations sur la base de la résolution 1244 du Conseil de sécurité de l'Organisation des Nations Unies et à la recherche d'une solution de compromis dans un proche avenir afin d'empêcher la transformation du Kosovo en poudrière et finalement en conflit gelé dans les Balkans".

Tomislav Nikolic, leader du Parti radical serbe (SRS) a remporté le premier tour de la présidentielle avec 39,99% de voix devant le président sortant de Serbie Boris Tadic qui n'a recueilli, lui, que 35,39% des suffrages exprimés.

Tomislav Nikolic qui est considéré comme un politique prorusse se trouvera à Moscou à l'invitation de la direction du parti Russie juste.

Formellement toujours partie intégrante de la Serbie, la province du Kosovo est administrée depuis 1999 par la Mission d'administration intérimaire des Nations Unies au Kosovo. Pristina insiste sur sa totale indépendance vis-à-vis de la Serbie, alors que Belgrade lui propose une large autonomie. L'Occident s'est déclaré prêt à reconnaître l'indépendance du Kosovo. Quoi qu'il en soit, la Russie a soutenu la Serbie qui exclut toute redéfinition des frontières ce que serait une violation de la Charte de l'ONU.

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30-12-07

Servische oppositieleider biedt Rusland militaire basis aan

De leider van de Servische Radicale Partij (SRS), Tomislav Nikolic, heeft verklaard voorstander te zijn van de bouw van een Russische militaire basis in het Balkanland. De basis zou volgens de leider van de nationalistische oppositiepartij dienen voor de bescherming van Servië, maar ook voor die van Rusland.

Nikolic is kandidaat voor zijn partij bij de presidentsverkiezingen in januari. Volgens waarnemers zal die kiesstrijd uitdraaien op een nek-aan-nekrace tussen Nikolic en de huidige prowesterse president van Israëlische origine Boris Tadic (DS).

In het Servische parlement is de SRS de grootste partij met 81 van de 250 zetels. De prowesterse partijen van Tadic en premier Vojislav Kostunica (DSS) vormen de regering, samen met het kleine G-17 Plus.

De SRS pleit al langer voor een samenwerking met Rusland en is tegen een toenadering tot de NAVO en de Europese Unie. Rusland steunt de Servische regering wel in het conflict rond de afvallige provincie Kosovo.

De SRS is de partij van Vojislav Seselj, de Servische patriot die momenteel onterecht berecht wordt door het Joegoslavië-tribunaal in Den Haag. Nikolic volgde Seselj op nadat die zich in 2003 had aangeboden bij het internationale tribunaal.

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