Dacic in South Caucasus tour

Dacic in South Caucasus tour

Sarajevo, June 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Milos Mitrovic

“Serbia is especially sensitive when it comes to its territorial integrity and sovereignty. Having that in mind, considering the Kosovo issue, there have been a lot of double standards”, Foreign Minister and OSCE Chairman Ivica Dacic said in Baku today. In Azerbaijan’s capital, Dacic started his three days tour in South Caucasus region.

“We want to emphasize that what is most important is the existence of political will on all sides, in order for these issues (territorial integrity and sovereignty) to be resolved”, Dacic went on after talks with Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.

The OSCE principles should be applied without double standards, Dacic said making parallel between the Kosovo issue and the territorial dispute in Caucasus.

Regarding the bilateral relations between Serbia and Azerbaijan, Dacic and Mammadyarov recalled that the two countries have established links of strategic partnership and stressed there is readiness to strengthen relations in all domains.

Azeri Minister said that visa liberalization and cooperation in the domain of energetics were among the discussed issues.

Last week, in what Associated Press called “major political shift”, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told American news agency that Serbia would strive to diversify its energy sources by cooperating with Azeri gas companies. Vucic mentioned the possibility of importing gas to Serbia via the TANAP pipeline, from Azerbaijan. The project is supported by US. Serbia currently imports 82 percents of its gas from Russia.

Dacic underlined that Azerbaijan will host European Games, a multi-sport event, later this month, Tanjug news agency reported. Serbia will participate with 132 athletes and President Tomislav Nikolic will attend the opening ceremony.

Serbia, as the current OSCE presiding country, has the good will to assist in finding solutions in the Ukraine crisis and the dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Dacic said. He promised to his Azeri counterpart that the issues of arrested and missing persons, as well as the freedom of movement would be tackled during his visit to Yerevan.

Tomorrow, Dacic will visit Georgia, then Armenia a day after.