Monday, December 16, 2013

Fight against crime, corruption to yield results soon

12/16/2013 7:32:00 PM

BANJA LUKA - Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Banja Luka on Monday that concrete results of the cooperation between relevant bodies of Serbia, Republika Srpska (RS) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) on the fight against crime and corruption will be evident in the coming period.

  “As regards the systemic fight against crime and corruption, we have good cooperation with RS and BiH bodies, and we expect that you will be able to see the concrete results of our efforts in the coming period," Vucic said after the talks that he and Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic had with the RS president and prime minister, Milorad Dodik and Zeljka Cvijanovic respectively. Voicing satisfaction about the holding of the joint sitting, Vucic said that, for citizens of RS and Serbia, it is far more important that economic relations be strengthened, as that will create new jobs. 

 He noted that there is a market for agricultural produce, and the efforts will be invested in that in the coming period. "Each and every goods from RS is welcome, and we will help with the market placement, as that is in the interest of our citizens," Vucic said. During the meeting, the officials summed up the things that have been done so far, and noted that a high level of cooperation has been achieved, which is marked by "excellent friendly relations in all fields", Dodik said. The focus was on the economy, cooperation in that field, entry to third markets, and projects in the energy sector, Dodik underlined. 

 The cooperation between RS and Serbia is being developed in line with the Dayton Agreement, to the benefit of the peoples of RS and Serbia, and is not to the detriment of anyone, Dodik said. "There is nothing covert there, we want to build and develop our relations in the interest of both republics, and not to the detriment of BIH or any other, but only to the benefit of all," Dodik said. He also announced further cooperation in the fight against crime and corruption, noting that Serbia is an indisputable leader in the region in that regard.

 "That fight requires a stable justice system, and I think that RS does not have that and all activities that we carried out with that aim in mind did not have a final effect," Dodik said, adding that he informed Vucic about that. Dodik congratulated Serbia on the positive assessments, and the fact that it would soon open EU entry talks. At the premises of the Serb Democratic Party (SDS) in Banja Luka, Vucic also talked with leader of that party Mladen Bosic. Photo Tanjug Video, Pink BiH

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