Sunday, March 31, 2013

Nikolic: Gov't has to take care of Serbs everywhere

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said at a meeting of the Council for Relations with Serbs in the Region Thursday that Serbia has a constitutional obligation to protect the interests of its 'compatriots' abroad.

  “We need to do more, to do better than we have been doing so far. Serbs must see themselves as Serbs and know that the state cares about them, wherever they may be,” said the president of Serbia. 

 The meeting highlighted in particular the importance of preserving the Serbian culture and language, Serbian Church and Serbian schools, the president's press office said in a release. Jelena Kis, president of the Center of Emigrants, was elected the Council's secretary, and members elected include Serbian Prime Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic, parliament Speaker Nebojsa Stefanovic, Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Zarko Obradovic. Also, Minister of Culture and Information Branislav Petkovic, Finance Minister Mladjan Dinkic, President of the Vojvodina governemnt Bojan Pajtic and Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Mileta Radojevic.

 The Council also includes representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Director of the Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the region Slavka Draskovic, Presidential Advisers Marko Djuric, Stanislava Pak-Stankovic, Radoslav Pavlovic, Predrag Mikic, and Presidential Secretary-General Nedeljko Tenjovic. Photo Tanjug, S. Radovanovic

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