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WikiLeaks allegations cannot hurt Serbia

30. November 2010. | 06:02

Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug

Serbian Foreign Ministry Political Director Borko Stefanovic said Monday that the confidential diplomatic reports published on the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks regarding Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, if true, cannot have any significant consequences.

New secret U.S. government documents were distributed by Wikileaks to The New York Times Sunday.
The New York Times reported that they “provide an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.”

“The cables, a huge sampling of the daily traffic between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates, amount to a secret chronicle of the United States’ relations with the world in an age of war and terrorism,” The New York Times stated. Wikileaks is planning to gradually publish them all online.

Some of the documents, written late February, reveal Obama’s administration exchanges regarding world crises and conflicts.

The disclosure of the cables is sending shudders through the diplomatic establishment, and could strain relations with some countries, influencing international affairs in ways that are impossible to predict, NYT reported, announcing it will continue to publish some of the documents in coming days.

Among the discoveries are that Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like Al Qaeda, and that a state of Qatar, that has been a host to American military for years is “the worst in the region” in fighting terrorism, according to a State Department cable dated December 2009.

As far as North Korea is concerned, American and South Korean officials have discussed the prospects for a unified Korea, should the economic problems and political transition of North Korea lead to state collapse.

Slovenia was told to take a prisoner if it wanted to meet with President Obama, while the island nation of Kiribati was offered incentives worth millions of dollars to take in Chinese Muslim detainees, cables from diplomats recounted. The Americans, meanwhile, suggested that accepting more prisoners would be “a low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”

The White House immediately condemned the release of the WikiLeaks documents, saying “such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world, who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government.”

The confidential material from the Wikileaks internet page, which was published by several world media, includes one part which is dedicated to Kosovo and to Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, based on the notes of French diplomat Jean-David Levitte.

Some of Levitte's conclusions are that EULEX has diplomatic issues with the Kosovo government and public, and that Jeremic gives promises that he never keeps, BBC reported in its review of the British press.

Levitte also criticized Jeremic for not doing anything to encourage Serbs to return to Kosovo and take part in the Kosovo government.

As BBC reports, Levitte no longer meets with Jeremic and does not consider him a modern face of Belgrade that he presents himself to be.

Good relations with France disprove WikiLeaks allegations

Serbian Assistant Foreign Minister in the Directorate General of Bilateral Relations Zdravko Ponos stated Monday that the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement regarding the report based on the notes of French diplomat Jean-David Levitte regarding Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, in which it dismissed the veracity of the intelligence reports published on the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

Good bilateral relations with France and regular high-level visits disprove these allegations, Ponos told Belgrade-based TV B92.

Levitte's memos regarding Serbian Foreign Minister published on WikiLeaks read that Jeremic "makes big promises" every time he comes to France, but doesn't follow through, and that he is doing nothing to encourage Serbs to return and participate in Kosovo's government.

Ponos underlined that a foreign minister of a sovereign country does not have to be likeable, but rather “to represent legitimate interests and official policy of his country.“

Ponos added that Levitte is not Jeremic's counterpart, and recalled that French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner paid a visit to Serbia on March 1, and was hosted by Jeremic on that occasion.

"Serbia's relations with France are not threatened in any way, but they are stable, and France is one of the major investors in Serbia,” Ponos concluded.

WikiLeaks allegations cannot hurt Serbia

Serbian Foreign Ministry Political Director Borko Stefanovic said Monday that the confidential diplomatic reports published on the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks regarding Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, if true, cannot have any significant consequences.

The announced disclosure by WikiLeaks on reasons why the fugitive from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Ratko Mladic has not been arrested cannot harm Serbia's position or its cooperation with ICTY, Stefanovic said.

He noted that the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not confirm the veracity of the reports published by WikiLeaks, based on the notes of French diplomat Jean-David Levitte, according to which Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic does not honour his promises and does not represent the modern Serbia.

This affair is introducing big problems for some of the leading world diplomatic services, and mentioning Serbia in a small segment cannot have any significant consequences, Stefanovic told Prva TV.

It is irrelevant whether some foreign diplomat likes Jeremic, Serbia's European commitment is best demonstrated by the activities of the country's government and the results it has achieved, he said.


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30. November 2010. 18:53:21

| Ime


i always knew that governments do deals amoungst each other and hide their true agendas from the public,most governments particularly in the balkans are the most corrupt organisations on earth,they preach to the common man and do the complete opposite themselves having little to no interest in benefiting their own country but only focusing on lining their own pockets, serbia is well known for just that, complete and utter corruption, our officials will look anybody in the eye and tell outright lies,and its the little guy who knows this the best because it is he who suffers.i like many have absolutely no confidence in the serbian government and find them all to be a complete joke, i applaude wikki for what they have done and encourage them to continue,serbia is a complete sh.. hol run by a few for there own benifit, it would not surprise me if there where mass assasinations of government officials here one day as they deserve it,they have lied to us enough and continue to lie and decieve the rest of the world,just come and live here for a year or so and you will understand the state of corruption and the deapth of lies that they feed us,because of our ridiculouse excuse of a government we live like a third world country, we polish the surface so it all looks nice for the short term visitors but underneath its hell and people are angry and totally unhappy,dont believe what these scum officials say and keep exposing all that you can wikki

30. November 2010. 19:24:54

| Ime


p.s the first comment was writen by dont hide and speak the truth!!!!!!!

02. December 2010. 15:45:31

| Ime


@mickyzee..i agree 100% with your opinion of serbian government, but then again, all politicians are the same. the only question is how much respect they have for their own people (or better yet, how afraid they are of us) and how good they hide their misdeeds. our (serbian) government has not a tiny bit of respect for us and that is what pisses me of the most! it's all in the open, almost like we (the people) were not there.


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