Belgrade, Serbia

23 July 2012

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meetings with top officials in Serbia

The Secretary-General met today with the President of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic; the Prime Minister-designate of Serbia, H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic; and the Foreign Minister and President-elect of the 67th United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic.

During their meetings, the Secretary-General and his interlocutors exchanged views on regional cooperation in the Western Balkans and Serbia’s role in encouraging reconciliation and dialogue, including through the European Union-led dialogue with Pristina. The Secretary-General underlined the importance of confidence-building measures for the benefits of all peoples in the region.

They also discussed the benefits of EU accession and how the United Nations could assist the countries of the region in meeting their EU aspirations.

The Secretary-General and Mr. Dacic agreed that cooperation between Serbia and the United Nations – both in New York and via the United Nations presence in Belgrade – was fruitful and should continue, for example, in fighting organized crime and in promoting human rights.

The Secretary-General and Mr. Jeremic also discussed his plans for his tenure as President of the 67th UN General Assembly.