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13. February 2013.

President of the Coordination Body of the Government of the Republic of Serbia for the Municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, Zoran Stankovic, is on a two-day visit to the municipalities of Presevo and Bujanovac.

Mr. Stankovic spoke with the mayor of Presevo, Ragmi Mustafa, about the problem of the use of the Cyrillic alphabet in the registers, electoral rolls and at polling stations in the municipalities populated by the Albanians. 

The Coordination Body’s President said that the local officials had been informed that the use of the Albanian minority’s language and script was governed by law, and that, until then, there had been no reason for all rights of the Albanian minority in Serbia not to be fully respected. He pointed out that that had probably been caused by a technical oversight, so that the said right wasn’t exercised. 

According to Mr. Stankovic, the issues discussed at the meeting included the completion of the outpatient maternity ward in Presevo, too. He also said that the Coordination Body would undertake the activities for economic boost of the enterprises in the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.

As stated by Mr. Stankovic, the documentation necessary for completing the second phase of construction of the maternity ward would be prepared on Monday, February 18.  He also said that 30 million dinars had been provided for the maternity ward until then, while another 20 million dinars were needed for its completion. 

“Meetings will be organized in these three municipalities once a month, during which we will analyze whether everything that had been agreed upon was done, but we will also make new plans and define new objectives at them, " Mr. Stankovic said. He added  that the purpose of visiting the village of Miratovac, which is situated near the Serbian-Macedonian border, was to intensify the activities for the opening of the small border-crossing. 

“Serbia has completed its share of work on construction of the necessary infrastructure and we expect that the Macedonian side will do the same, so that the people who live in this area wouldn’t have to travel around to work in their fields and visit their relatives," Mr. Stankovic said.  

Upon visiting the border-crossing, Mr. Stankovic met, at the local community’s building, with the citizens of Miratovac, with whom he talked about and listened to their problems.  One of their problems is the lack of quality drinking water, while they have a conceptual project, which costs about 600 thousand euros. They are willing, together with the state, to invest the funds for the purpose of solving the problem.

“We talked about the functioning of the village, classes held at the village school, as well as about providing better conditions to the farmers, "Mr. Stankovic said, adding that such meetings would be held on a regular basis.

Afterwards Mr. Stankovic visited the local community of Cakanovac and talked with citizens about unemployment, infrastructure and other life problems.

President of the Coordination Body visited the "Gumoplastika" company and talked with the bankruptcy trustee, and, thereupon, he talked with the leadership of the "Bivoda” company.   

Source: The Coordination Body