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BELGRADE, 14 August 2018 (Beta) - On Aug. 14, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Arilje, where the keys to 15 apartments were handed to refugee families from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, that solving the question of refugees was the Serbian state's and international community's highest moral obligation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia has said in a statement. "It is our opinion, but also the opinion of our associates in international organizations, that we are achieving significant results in this area, due to which the Regional Housing Program is a successful initiative and a positive example for the long-term resolution of the humanitarian repercussions of forced relocation," Dacic said. The Serbian minister added that the Serbian cabinet remained strongly committed to and engaged in implementing the Regional Housing Program, owing to which solutions would be found for a total of 6,000 families in Serbia, of which 2,102 had moved into apartments, the statement added. The construction of housing units in Arilje is part of the Regional Housing Program as the most important regional initiative for solving the long-term relocation of families displaced between 1991-1995, Dacic said.


BELGRADE, 14 August 2018 (Beta) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Aug. 14 sent a letter of condolences to his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, over a bridge collapse in Genoa that killed 30. "I was deeply shaken by the photos from the scene of the accident. Serbia stands with Italy in these difficult times, and I can assure you that in Serbia you have a reliable friend, ready to provide support and any assistance in allaying the consequences of this horrible tragedy," read President Vucic's letter.
Prime Minister Ana Brnabic sent her letter of sympathy to Italian PM Giuseppe Conte. "It was with deep regret that we received news about the tragedy that claimed so many lives in Genoa. It is difficult to find the right words to console the families and friends of the victims," Brnabic said in her telegram of condolences.
The Italian authorities reported that at least 30 people were killed when a freeway bridge collapsed on the A10 highway passing through the Italian port city of Genoa.


BELGRADE, 14 August 2018 (Beta) - Veljko Odalovic, general secretary of the Serbian Foreign Ministry, said on Aug. 14 that systemic and organized crimes had been committed in Kosovo and that a working group for investigating the Kosovo Liberation Army's crimes in Kosovo had collected irrefutable evidence, which would be handed to a special prosecution that would soon bring the first indictments. At a conference in Belgrade titled Unpunished Crimes, Odalovic said that the working group had collected around 3,500 documents that pertained to crimes committed in two KLA areas of responsibility -- Drenica and Dukadjin, and that experts were working on evidence of crimes in three more areas of responsibility. "For the first time, we have gathered in one place 3,500 documents which can absolutely be part of the proceedings, which have legal weight, and cannot be contested and dismissed," Odalovic said. According to him, a new special prosecutor for KLA crimes will be chosen in September, and that that could mean that the first indictments will be raised before the Special Court, formed in 2015. Deputy war crimes prosecutor Miroljub Vitorovic was skeptical as to the start of the Special Court for KLA Crimes before the end of this year, but agreed with Odalovic that Belgrade was responsible for not punishing crimes against Serbs. "We can be angry at The Hague and Pristina, but I am angry with Belgrade the most," Vitorovic said.


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