Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Belgrade, Pristina exchange liaison officers

6/17/2013 12:43:00 PM
BELGRADE - Belgrade and Pristina exchanged liaison officers at noon Monday, when Pavicevic assumed the office at the EU Office in Pristina and Ljuljzim Peci at the EU Mission in Belgrade. In the manner, the exchange of liaison officers was officially completed, which is one of the results of the talks between Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and Kosovo Prime Minister Hasim Taci. 

Pavicevic is the first representative of the Serbian government in the building of the EU Office in Kosovo, and as he said earlier his main focus will be the implementation of the agreements reached in Brussels. Pavicevic told Tanjug earlier that neither he nor Peci will have a diplomatic status. “Neither Peci, who will be in the EU Mission to Belgrade, nor me in the EU Office in Pristina will have a diplomatic status. I repeat that these are not diplomatic missions, embassies or liaison offices - these are liaison officers - people who will facilitate communication within the implementation of the agreement,” Pavicevic said. 

 Upon assuming the office, Peci addressed reporters by saying "Good afternoon" in Serbian, Albanian and English, and then he continued his address in Serbian. “This is a very important day for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. I expect open and good cooperation with the Serbian state institutions and I am here to give my contribution to the normalization of relations between the two countries,” Peci said. After Peci's short statement, no questions of reporters were allowed. Photo Tanjug (combination), Zoran Zestic, Filip Kraincanic -----------------

 Dacic: Liaison officers exchange proof of implementation 
 Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said Monday that the exchange of liaison officers between Belgrade and Pristina is yet another proof that the implementation of the April 19 Brussels agreement is going as planned, stressing once again that the officers are not accredited as diplomats. “It is certain that a kind of abuse, in terms of passing somebody of as ambassadors, will be there. We did not open liaison offices, but rather only had the liaison officers exchanged. Liaison offices are an altogether different matter, on a level higher than what we agreed upon,” said Dacic.

 The Serbian prime minister said that the liaison officers should help in the solving of daily issues that we may face in the agreement's implementation. “They do not have a diplomatic rank - they are not diplomats,” Dacic told a news conference after a meeting with Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister for European Affairs, in Belgrade on Monday. According to Dacic, everything is in accordance with that which was agreed upon in Brussels.

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