Statement by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Republic Serbia Ivica Dacic during a grave accepting on a arise of a 15th anniversary of a acknowledgment of a Republic of Serbia to a Council of Europe:
“Secretary General Jagland,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my good pleasure to be means to residence we now as we observe a 15th anniversary given a Republic of Serbia was certified to a Council of Europe.
Serbia’s membership in a Council of Europe brought about poignant changes in a nation – from a doing of conventions, discourse with consultant bodies and advantages from their expertise, countless projects carried out in team-work with a Organization, graduation of tellurian rights protection, converging of democracy and a order of law followed by elemental institutional reforms. Suffice it usually to review a Serbia of 2003 and Serbia of now to turn wakeful of these apparent changes.
However, it is a adults of Serbia who have benefited and continue to advantage a many from a Council of Europe membership as a nation progresses in a fixing with a Organization’s standards and, above all, by their entrance to a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In this way, Serbian adults were supposing a improved insurance of their tellurian rights and elemental freedoms, while a ECHR rulings had a temperament on a changes done to a legislation, authorised use and a activities of applicable authorities. The swell in this honour is reflected in a fact that Serbia is no longer among a countries with a top series of complaints before a Court.
Taking into comment that Serbia has complied with roughly all obligations and commitments undertaken on admission, and that it has entered a CoE Committee of Ministers’ post-monitoring procedure, we resolutely trust that a Parliamentary Assembly of a Council of Europe (PACE) should confirm to tighten a unchanging monitoring procession during a subsequent session.
Serbia is strongly committed to membership of a European Union as one of a unfamiliar process priorities. As it creates swell along a European path, Serbia continues to exercise reforms associated to a tellurian rights field, democracy and a order of law. Rest positive that we will strap all a potentials to have Serbia entirely welcome core European values in all areas. As it has been a box in a past 15 years, a grant and assistance of a Organization in this courtesy will be of useful assistance to us.
Serbia is committed to assent and serve growth of informal stability, as good as to a graduation of good-neighbourly family and team-work by dialogue. Resolution of all residual problems and misunderstandings in confluence to general law is an critical component of Serbia’s process followed in a context of family in a region, and this has already constructed poignant formula – mutual family have been promoted, so immediately contributing to a European viewpoint of a region.
Serbia strongly opposes probable rising of procession for a acknowledgment of “Kosovo” to a Council of Europe. Any intensity ask done by Pristina to this finish Serbia finds unacceptable, as that would be in transparent defilement of elemental authorised beliefs applicable to membership in general organizations, of a Statute of a Council of Europe and UNSC Resolution 1244. Serbia believes that a CoE should continue a status-neutral rendezvous in Kosovo and Metohija.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In a few weeks’ time we will symbol hundred years given a finish of World War we in that Serbia suffered good tellurian and element losses. The hundredth decoration is an event for us to remind ourselves of a significance of European togetherness and of a impediment of groups on a continent that in a past always led to comfortless conflicts. It is therefore a requirement and shortcoming of us all to overcome a differences and groups by dialogue.
In a 70 years of a existence and several hurdles notwithstanding, a Council of Europe, that came into being as a outcome of a aspirations towards ensuring a togetherness of Europe, has enabled a refuge of assent and fortitude on a European soil. The success and achievements of a Council of Europe are best reflected in a tellurian rights insurance complement enshrined in a European Convention on Human Rights, that now represents a many modernized complement of a kind during a tellurian level.
Unfortunately, there is a slow hazard of new groups that has jarred a foundations of a Council of Europe, one of a many poignant pillars of a European institutional architecture. The developments during a new Oct PACE event have suggested a outrageous opening and dread between a dual orthodox bodies, that could criticise a really tellurian rights insurance complement determined in line with a European Convention. Serbia lends a support to a Secretary General in his efforts to solve a stream institutional predicament and it stands prepared to assume a share of responsibility, together with other member states.
I had a event to be a member of PACE and we am now a member of a Committee of Ministers of a Council of Europe, that has given me a possibility to know even improved a significance of a dual bodies and of their good team-work and communication if a goals of a Organization are to be reached. A exigency for such team-work is a honour of a dual bodies for their competences set onward in a Statute. we am beholden to a Legal Service for a minute and transparent research that should beam us past a illogical conditions we have found ourselves in.
Respecting a opinion of a Legal Service ensures authorised certainty that is during a heart of a order of law.
As a member of PACE, we also had a event to understand a significance of PACE as a pan-European forum for dialogue. This is a reason we am privately assured that all inhabitant delegations should participate, given a ostracism of any of them would endanger a singular impression of a PACE and it would not be in suitability with approved values.
I share a CoE Secretary General Jagland’s confident opinion that anticipating a resolution for a maybe deepest institutional predicament a Organization has ever faced is possible. My hopes are that a Council of Europe will emerge stronger and some-more fit from it because, in a light of ever some-more formidable challenges, we need it some-more than ever before. Serbia, as we have already said, will take a share of responsibility.
Thank we for attending this reception, and we would like all of we to come to Serbia on a arise of a 20th anniversary of a admission.”