Serbia will continue to support the world's least developed countries
11. May 2011. | 07:20 11:41
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug
At the the fourth U.N. conference on the least developed countries in the world, Jeremic said he supported those countries' efforts to overcome their challenges and said that Serbia had and would continue to help their development. Serbia has helped the economies of the least developed countries through development programmes, infrastructure projects and higher education, and pledged to increase support to priority areas of development, including the fight against climate change.
Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic, on May 10 at a United Nations conference in Istanbul, spoke out in support of aid to undeveloped and poor countries, but on the condition that their sovereignty was respected and without meddling in their internal affairs.
At the the fourth U.N. conference on the least developed countries in the world, Jeremic said he supported those countries' efforts to overcome their challenges and said that Serbia had and would continue to help their development.
"Activities should be based on truthful cooperation with the most undeveloped countries, on the basis of equal sovereignty and adapted to the unique situation in each country. While the establishment of good rule of law should be encouraged, aid must not be allowed to lead to meddling [in the affairs of countries]. This has consistently been my country's stance for decades," said Jeremic.
He said that Serbia, the largest successor state of the former Yugoslavia and one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement, strongly supported the world's least developed countries.
"My country is to this day exceptionally proud of the role it has played in the history of the Non-Aligned Movement," said Jeremic who added that the the movement's 50th anniversary would be marked in Belgrade.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic said in Istanbul that allegations of trafficking in human organs in Kosovo-Metohija must be examined in an independent investigation under the auspices of the UN and that those responsible must be punished.
Jeremic, also said that assertions from the report of Special Rapporteur of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Dick Marty shocked the world and underlined that allegations of this and other crimes committed during the conflict in Kosovo-Metohija must not be pushed under the carpet.
It is necessary to conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation into the illegal trade in human organs in Kosovo under UN auspices, just as was the case with all war crimes committed in the Balkans, the Minister said.
He reiterated that Serbia’s position remains the same and that it will not recognise the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo explicitly or implicitly.
The determination to stand against unilateral separatism in Kosovo means determination to be against the violent partition of any UN member state, Jeremic underlined, adding that Serbia is ready to resolve all differences at the negotiating table.
He recalled that the former Yugoslavia was a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and always had good relations with underdeveloped countries.
The traditionally good relations between Serbia and underdeveloped countries, together with our longstanding policy of solidarity and assistance, will be a strong basis for comprehensive cooperation for which we hope will get deeper in the years to come, he said.
The Minister urged for help to poor and underdeveloped countries of the world - based on respect for sovereignty and not interfering in internal affairs.
He expressed support to the efforts of these countries to overcome challenges and underlined that Serbia has helped and will continue to help their development.
The engagement should be based on genuine cooperation with underdeveloped countries, on the basis of equal sovereignty and tailored to countries’ specific circumstances, Jeremic explained.
The Minister said that Serbia has helped the economies of the least developed countries through development programmes, infrastructure projects and higher education, and pledged to increase support to priority areas of development, including the fight against climate change.
We are ready to share our experience and best practices with the least developed countries in the world who seem to suffer the most, both in terms of economy and environment, although they are the ones who contributed the least to the cause of the environmental crisis, Jeremic underlined.
Speaking about education, Serbia will continue to grant scholarships to young people from countries belonging to the Non-Aligned Movement for studies at Serbian universities, the Minister said.
He noted that Serbia is participating in UN peacekeeping operations in Congo and Chad, where its medical teams are present, while in Liberia and in Haiti it has its military and police observers.
The Fourth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) will take place 9-13 May, 2011 in Istanbul,Turkey. The purpose of the conference is to:
1. Assess the results of the 10-year action plan for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) adopted at the Third United Nations Conference on LDCs in Brussels, Belgium, in 2001.
2. Adopt new measures and strategies for the sustainable development of the LDCs into the next decade.
Preparations for the conference are in progress, with activities at national, regional and global levels. It is an inclusive process involving the participation of all stakeholders, including governments, international organisations, civil society organisations, academia and the private sector.
The UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) is the coordinator of the LDC-IV process
Jeremic to partake in meeting of CoE foreign ministers in Istanbul
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic will partake in a conference gathering the foreign ministers of the Council of Europe's (CoE) 47 member states in Istanbul on Wednesday, which will be chaired by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The items on the agenda include a report by CoE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland on a strategy for values in action and the European Convention on Human Right.
The conference will also discuss the report of the Group of Eminent Persons dubbed Living together in 21st century Europe. One of the authors of the report is President of the Foreign Policy Council at the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence Sonja Liht.