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17. October 2016.

Nis - The Prime Ministers of Serbia and Albania Aleksandar Vucic and Edi Rama met in Nis with representatives of the Albanians from South Serbia to discuss the improvements in living conditions in the municipalities of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.

The meeting was attended by Saip Kamberi, the Mayor of Bujanovac, Sciprim Arifi, the Mayor of Presevo, Ardita Sinani, the President of the Presevo Municipal Assembly, Riza Halimi, the Leader of the Party for Democratic Action (PDA), Fatmir Hasani, an MP in the Serbian Parliament, and by Jonuz Musliu,  the President of the Bujanovac Municipal Assembly. 

After the talks, Sciprim Arifi, the Mayor of Presevo, said that there was, at that moment, hope for solving their problems, and that the agreement on solving the issue of the lack of textbooks in the Albanian language had been reached for the first time.

He also said that Prime Minister Vucic had promised that the Government of the Republic of Serbia would help renovate the sports hall of the "Ibrahim Keljmendi" elementary school in Presevo with 100,000 euros, as well as that the German Embassy in Belgrade would assist with the implementation the project with 50,000 euros.

Mayor Arifi added that the aforementioned meeting and the economic forum in Nis were extremely important, since the Albanians from South Serbia hoped that they would be a bridge between the economies of Serbia and Albania.

“It is very important for us to get engaged in the economic processes and economic development, as we are one of the most underdeveloped municipalities in Serbia, and we think that such meetings should take place, "said Mayor Arifi, who believes that they contribute to increasing stability in the region.  

Source: Radio and Television of Serbia and Coordination Body