Wednesday, 25 July 2007
Seventh Extraordinary Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007
At the request of 127 Members of Parliament, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Oliver Dulic, convened the Seventh Extraordinary Sitting of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in 2007, for Tuesday, 24 July. The sitting will begin at 4.p.m.
1. Discussing the Report of the State Negotiating Team for Kosovo-Metohija on the negotiations conducted in Vienna from 21 February to 2 March 2007, with the Proposal of the Resolution of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on the need for a just solution of the issue of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo-Metohija, based on international law, submitted by the Government.
The sitting, held at the National Assembly House, was attended by the President of the
The Members of Parliament were first addressed by the President of the
The Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica, stated in his address to the Members of Parliament that the new negotiations on the future arrangement of Kosovo-Metohija can be conducted solely under the mandate of the Security Council and that Resolution 1244 is the only possible basis for the negotiations. He reiterated that the recent withdrawal of the American-European Resolution from the Defense Council represents a significant victory for
In his address to the Members of Parliament the Minister for Kosovo-Metohija, Slobodan Samardzic stated that it is very important that the Government’s Draft Resolution is adopted so as to set the guidelines and framework for the continuation of the negotiations on the status of Kosovo. He stressed that the majority of votes which brings this resolution is not unimportant, because, according to him, it is not solely a Government or Party matter, but a key issue which is why all Deputy Groups are consulted. Adopting a new resolution should sound the beginning of a new stage of negotiations and be the key guide point to all state organs and the Negotiating Team as well as a binding framework for activities, Samardzic said. He reiterated that
The Members of Parliament then conducted a unique discussion on the item on the agenda. At the beginning of the discussion Heads of Deputies’ Groups of the Socialist Party of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, Serbian Radical Party, Tomislav Nikolic, Democratic Party, Nada Kolundzija, Democratic Party of Serbia – New Serbia, Milos Aligrudic, G17 Plus, Suzana Grubjesic, Liberal Democratic Party, Cedomir Jovanovic, minorities Deputies’ Group Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians-List for Sandzak-Union of Roma of Serbia-Albanian Coalition of Presevo Valley, Pastor Balint and Deputies’ Group of Vojvodina Deputies of the Social Democratic League of Vojvodina and Union of Hungarians from Vojvodina, Nenad Canak.
After the completion of the unique discussion, the Minister for Kosovo-Metohija, Slobodan Samardzic spoke up stressing the necessity of the new Resolution of the Serbian Assembly on Kosovo for the upcoming new negotiation stage and the need that the state answers the open threat of unilateral acknowledgment of the province’s independence. The resolution is an important step in state politics as it is supposed to hold up the efforts of all state organs to come to a just solution and support the future negotiating team, Minister Samardzic said.
After the completion of the unique discussion, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Oliver Dulic designated 25 July as Voting Day on the only item on the agenda of the Seventh Extraordinary Sitting of the National Assembly of the
With 217 votes “for”, 12 “against” and three abstained, the National Assembly adopted the Report of the State negotiating team for Kosovo-Metohija on the negotiations conducted in
With 217 votes “for”, 12 “against” and three abstained, the National Assembly adopted the Proposal of the Resolution of the National Assembly of the
After the National Assembly completed the discussion and came to a decision on the only item on the agenda, Speaker Dulic concluded the Seventh Extraordinary Sitting of the National Assembly of the
13.00 - press conference of MPs Sasa Radulovic, Branka Stamenkovic and Vojin Biljic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)
13.25 - press conference of MP Djordje Vukadinovic (National Assembly House, 13 Nikola Pasic Square, Central Hall)