Friday, June 22, 2012

President urges speedy formation of cabinet

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić has said that a new government in Serbia "should be formed as soon as possible".
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among Nikolić's interlocutors in Rio (Tanjug)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was among Nikolić's interlocutors in Rio (Tanjug)
A new cabinet would then "work along with him in order to make sure the citizens live better", he was quoted as saying.
Nikolić spoke to Serbian reporters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he is attending a UN conference, to say that "Serbia was determined in its intention to help its citizens live much better than before", and to be "a guarantor of peace and stability and cooperation, at least in the Balkans":

Serbia is also determined, according to its president, to become a EU member - and maintain its excellent relations with the East - "the Russian Federation in particular".

This message, he told Tanjug news agency, was also relayed during all his meetings held on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Summit.

"The president can do something, but in order to finally achieve what we wish to achieve in Serbia, there must be cooperation between the president and the government. For that reason I wish to see a government put together as soon as possible, so that we can start working together," he said.

Nikolić noted that among his interlocutors in Brazil this week were those who "perhaps had the wrong opinion about us", as well as those who "always had the right opinion".

"We spoke to those who have recognized Kosovo and Metohija, as well as to those who have not," said he, and added that be believed the gathering had been used "in the best possible way".

Nikolić noted that "Latin America looked at Serbia favorably", and singled out his meeting with Brazil's foreign minister, which he said was about the country's investments in Serbia.

"Brazil now has high hard currency reserves that it must invest," concluded the president.

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