Press Review




Dailies comment on Serbian PM Vojislav Kostunica’s statement that the US support of independence of Kosmet is leading to a deterioration of relations between the two countries. They also quote Serbian President Boris Tadic as saying at a summit of the BSEC in Istanbul that a possible independence of Kosovo would represent a dangerous political and international and legal precedent with far-reaching consequences. The 300 best students from Serbia are setting out on a tour of the EU. Red Hot Chilli Peppers, one of the most popular US rock bands, is giving a concert in Serbia tonight. More in the PRESS REVIEW, prepared by Vesna Jakovlevska.

Under the title SERBIAN-AMERICAN BATTLE FOR KOSOVO, daily POLITIKA writes that the rhetorics used by Americans in their diplomatic offensive for an independent Kosovo is becoming an aggravating factor in relations between the two states, although it has been regularly accompanied by US officials’ statements on good relations with Serbia. On the eve of a meeting between US President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 1 and 2, the topic of which will be Kosmet, the debate has been transferred to world press as well. POLITIKA quotes NEW YORK TIMES as warning that tension is growing and suggesting that UNMIK might not be able to combat extreme Albanian political elements.

The best students of the final years of Serbian universities are setting out again this year on a tour of EU member-states, at their own choice, in the organization of the European Movement in Serbia, NOVOSTI writes. The Austrian Foreign Ministry has decided to grant 300 visas for free, in order that Serbian students should start from Vienna to other European cities. The tour is to last a month and the students will be able to get to know the way of life in the EU. They have been selected on the basis of an average mark, above 8.5, the length of their studies and the knowledge of foreign languages. They have been granted free Interrail cards by the Belgrade City Assembly and the Austrian railways and have also been given EUR150 of pocket money each, NOVOSTI writes.

The Serbian national volleyball team returned satisfied from Cairo, after beating Egypt 3:0 in sets and becoming closer to the finals of the World League, held in Katowice from 11 to 15 July, provided they play well in the last duel in the group, with the Russian team, which is the first on the list with an advantage of three points compared to Serbia, NOVOSTI reports.

US band Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the world’s biggest attractions, is to give a concert tonight in Indjija, a town 20km far from Belgrade. BLIC writes that the band will land in a helicopter and the concert will also be attended by Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich. Despite all the expectations, band members asked only for juice, water and organic food, having turned to a healthy way of life and yoga after numerous problems with narcotics. Their concert in Serbia is part of their European tour of 9 concerts.


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