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.
The Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo-Metohija has condemned in the harshest terms yesterday’s attack on the Church of Dormition of Holy Virgin in Orahovac and requests that the perpetrators be immediately found and brought to justice.The statement by the Office for Kosovo-Metohija says that the attack on the Serbian church, on the day of the big Eastern Christian holiday of Intercession of the Theotokos, at the moment when children were playing in the church yard, confirms that an atmosphere of fear and lawlessness is still being fomented in Kosovo-Metohija, an atmosphere where there is no safety neither for Serbs nor for Serbian holy sites.
On Friday, 9 October 2015, when the Church celebrates Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia officiated the Divine Hierarchal Liturgy, with concelebration of local priests, in the church of Saint Great-martyr George on Oplenac.
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.
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.