Month: November, 2019

Specialized team from Serbia helps in eliminating the effects of November 26th devastating earthquake in co-operation with Albanian counterparts.

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A natural disaster struck Albania on the morning of November 26, where a 6.4 magnitude Richter earthquake took 51 lives and left over 700 injured, as well as a dramatic view in Durres and Thumane, where a series of buildings turned into ruins.

In order to help the population affected by this natural disaster, specialized teams from many European countries, including a team from the Republic of Serbia, were involved.

Members of the Special Team from the Emergency Sector under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, who immediately arrived to the Republic of Albania, assisted without any reservation in the elimination of earthquake consequences and they engaged themselves in field search operations, for finding and rescuing individuals trapped under the ruins in the Thumane area.

The Serbian rescue team, which consists of 13 rescuers, who are well-trained and equipped with special equipment to search and rescue endangered people down the ruins in urban areas, began a field search along with Albanian rescue teams, immediately after meeting with local Albanian emergency representatives.

A specialized rescue team from the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs arrived in the early hours of the morning, immediately after the earthquake, in the areas affected by the earthquake in Albania. The news was confirmed by the Serbian ambassador to Tirana, Mirojlub Zaric. “They arrived in Thumane at 03:30 am, and according to information we received from the team leader they were stationed near the tents,” Ambassador Zaric said.

On the other hand, Vlada Plemic from the Emergency Sector stated that they have safely arrived meanwhile for the team, he said that they are certified and trained like all other teams in the world. Plemic also said that the earthquake that affected Albania is reminiscent of that of Skopje in 1963 and of Banja Luka in 1969. He also stated that the first 72 hours are crucial for searching and rescuing of survived people who are under the ruins. Plemic said among others that rescue activities will last at least 15 days as they are unlikely to survive more under such conditions. “We are in constant monitoring of the situation and we are also in touch with the Hydro-meteorological and the Seismic Institute. All events are being monitored, statistics are being recorded and analyzed,” Plemic said.

The arrival of this specialized team to help in eliminating the effects of the earthquake was made possible after an agreement reached between the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic also expressed his condolences to the earthquake victims and he also added that Serbia is ready to help – within its capacities – to alleviate the consequences of this devastating earthquake.

The Chief of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Nikola Selakovic meets with representatives of the Serbian and Montenegrin minorities in Shkodra.

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On 19/11/2019 the Chief of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Nikola Selakovic accompanied by the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana Mr.Miroljub Zarić visited the premises of associations representing the Serb minority in Shkodra, Moraca-Rozafa and Sh.Jovan Vladimir. During this visit, Mr. Selakovic had a cordial meeting with representatives and some of the activists of these associations and lasted about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Issues discussed included increasing the role of the Serbian state in supporting the interests of members of the Serb and Montenegrin community living in Shkodra, as well as creating facilities for students belonging to this community who study at Belgrade faculties. Also discussed was the right to obtain passports from the Republic of Serbia for all those who meet the requirements for completing the declaration form.

In his name, the President’s Cabinet Chief conveyed the President’s greetings to our community and reiterated the readiness of the state he represents to support in all legal forms the activities of the Moraca-Rozafa and Sh.Jovan Vladimir Associations in the function of living together and peace.

On the day of the First World War Ceasefire, representatives of all Serbian associations paid tribute to the Cemetery of Serbian soldiers who died on Albanian territory.

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On the day of the World War I Ceasefire, representatives of all Serbian associations commemorated Serb soldiers who died or were killed in the Albanian territory.

On Monday, November 11, by the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, representatives of all associations representing the Serb minority in Albania honored the memory of those Serb soldiers who lost their lives in World War I while retreating across the territory of Albania. The ceremony was organized at the civil cemetery in Tirana and it began at 11am.

In this ceremony the President of Moraca-Rozafa Association Mr. Pavle Brajovic, and the staff-member, Mr. Omer Stankovic on behalf of this Association did participate. On behalf of the St. Jovan Vladimir Association, the wreath was laid by the president of the association Mr.Z. Ajkovic and on behalf of the Jedinstvo Association from the city of Fier the wreaths were laid by the president of this Association, Mr Ekrem Dulevic and his associates. Also, representatives of the new Tirana-based Skadarlija Association, headed by its president, Mr. Salko Brajovic, were present at this solemn commemoration.

After the wreaths were laid, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana, Mr. Miroljub Zaric, addressed the occasion. After a minute of silence in soldiers’ memory, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Zaric, among other things stated that “this is a significant date for us and it is good that our small Serb community in Albania and you, as the most active members, have gathered to preserve the memory of our ancestors who lost their lives during in fighting during their retreat through the Albanian territory. Unfortunately, the past regimes did not allow what is Christian and civilized, to have at least a place where to store their remains; a place in which they are buried. But as you are here, I am especially pleased that the young people are present, and I am sure that you will preserve the memory of our countrymen and that you will also fight, but by other means such as knowledge, wisdom, honesty and precious values, and that the truth about the Serbians sufferings and the hardships of the Serbian survivors will live in this environment and you will find a mutual understanding with the young Albanians, so that such a thing will never be repeated, and on the other hand to build a new world, a shared life in this region. I always tell our foreign friends that the Balkans is small, but there is plenty of space for both Serbs and Albanians and for all other peoples living in the region,” Ambassador Miroljub Zaric concluded.

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