“The Congress of the Serbian-American Friendship, established in Belgrade today, is evidence of the true friendship between two nations, United States ambassador in Serbia Kyle R. Scott said. After two years spent in Serbia, the ambassador spoke of his experiences in Belgrade including ‘challenges and disagreements.’ Scott said that he has revealed the warmness and hospitality of Serbian people; on the other hand, he was sometimes ‘angry’ over headlines in Serbian tabloids ‘which attribute to America the worst intentions’ against Serbia. He added that Serbian media ‘cite so called experts and unnamed sources in order to spread lies.’ According to the ambassador, such practices are examples of ‘hate speech.’ ‘The only remedy against hate speech is the freedom of speech and courageous men and women which are ready to defend the truth”, Scott said, adding that good relations between Serbia and America ‘are part of our common DNA.'” (Balkan EU)

“If dialogue means recognizing Kosovo – then thanks, bye” – Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic spoke in Davos on Thursday with the president of the interim institutions in Pristina, Hashim Thaci. Vucic said that they discussed continuing (Belgrade-Pristina) dialogue, and ‘solving problems.’ Vucic said that he ‘does not understand why they (Pristina) accepted only information exchange when it comes to the investigation into the murder of Oliver Ivanovic‘ – but that he ‘hopes they will find his killers.’  The Serbian president also said that it was important to talk, and that he was ‘thinking about the future of the Serb and of the Albanian people.’ ‘We had meetings with Albanians who are represented here in line with what has been agreed – i.e., Kosovo, asterisk, (UN Security Council) Resolution 1244,’ the president said, apparently referring to an agreement reached in 2012 on the use in regional forums of the term ‘Kosovo’ without prejudging the final status of Serbia’s southern provincewhere ethnic Albanians in 2008 unilaterally declared independence – a move Serbia considers a violation of its territorial integrity and sovereignty.” (B92)

“Croatia accused Serbia on Friday of falsifying history for propaganda purposes with its Holocaust exhibit at the United Nations in New York on a World War Two extermination camp run by Croatia’s then fascist regime. Serbia and Croatia are the two biggest republics to emerge from Yugoslavia, which collapsed in 1991. They have sought to improve ties since a 1991-1995 war but relations remain sour. The exhibit was prepared without the participation of Croatia’s Jasenovac Memorial Centre, said Croatia’s Foreign Minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric. ‘We express deep respect for all the victims of the Ustasha regime and in the strongest possible terms we condemn all its crimes and particularly crimes committed in the Jasenovac camp,’ a foreign ministry statement said. ‘Because of the respect for the victims, we consider it utterly unacceptable to use the suffering in Jasenovac for propaganda purposes or the goals of daily politics,’ it said. The exhibition was set up to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27 and is sponsored by Serbia’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, said Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.” (Reuters)