First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said today that Serbia will continue with its activities in order to prevent the admission of Kosovo to UNESCO, but warned that this fight will be extremely difficult.
Appearing on Radio Television Serbia (RTS), Dacic stressed that countries that have not recognised the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo suffer high pressures. He said that Serbia will wait for a session of the Executive Council of UNESCO, to be held on 21 October, when the issue of Kosovo's membership will be on the agenda, noting that Serbia will go on with its activities directed against Kosovo's entry into this organisation.
According to Dacic, Russia, China, Cuba, Spain, Argentina and Brazil oppose Kosovo's membership in UNESCO, as they consider this to be the unnecessary politicisation of this organisation.
Memorial service for the children – innocent victims of the Ustasha’s concentration camp in Sisak
His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana served the commemoration – memorial rite (panichida) for the children – the innocent victims of the Ustasha’s concentration camp which operated from August 1942 until January 1943. The rite took place at the Children’s graveyard in Sisak (Croatia) on October 10, 2015.
On October 11, 2015, the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference was opened at the Orthodox Center of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambesy near Geneva. It is chaired by Metropolitan John of Pergamon, Patriarchate of Constantinople.
His Grace Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Paul the Apostle. He was concelebrated by representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches. The working session began on Monday, October 12th, 2015. By the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, the Serbian Orthodox Church is represented at this conference by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa and protopresbyter Gajo Gajic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Mr. Arne Sannes Bjørnstad, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on 9 October 2015.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, General LjubisaDikovic, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 8 October 2015.
The delegation of the Serbian Armed Forces (SAF), headed by the Chief of the General Staff of the SAF General Ljubisa Dikovic, consisted of: Head of the Directorate for Operations Major General Vojin Jondic, Colonels Milan Aksic and Sasa Milutinovic, from the Directorate of Human Resources as well as the chief military chaplain, Captain Sladjan Vlajic.
Bishops Simon of Shahtin and Milerovsky (Moscow Patriarchate) and Pahomije of Vranje (Serbian Patriarchate) received by Serbian Patriarch on October 5th, 2015.
Serbian and Russian hierarchs were accompanied by protopresbyterVladislavKasiyan