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The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia informs that the documentary film "The Truth-No Kosovo Unesco"  which talks about the mass destruction of the Serbian Churces and Monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija since 1999 can be found at the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. The link is as follows:


Afrer wathcing the documentary, it is obvious why the Republic of Serbia is against the admission of "Kosovo" to UNESCO.

Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO-the non-paper of the Republic of Serbia, 19.10.2015

Why Kosovo is ineligible for membership in UNESCO?

• Because the request for its membership is a serious breach of the international law, the Constitution of UNESCO, the legally binding UN Security Council resolution 1244 (1999) andt he Charter of the UN whose Article 25 says that „The Members of the UN agree to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council in accordance with the present Charter“.
• Because according tothe UN Security Council resolution 1244,which reaffirms the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the Republic of Serbia, under the administration of the UN. Since Kosovo cannot be considered a State, it does not fulfill the basic requirement for membership set out by the UNESCO Constitution.
• Because unilateral attempts such as this one seriously harm and disrupt the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, under the auspices of the European Union in which mutually acceptable solutions for many complex issues have been devised so far.The issue of the Serbian cultural heritage and the property of the Serbia Orthodox Church has not yet been discussed within the dialogue where it belongs.
• Because this is an unacceptable politicization of UNESCO which should not overtake the competences of the UN Security Council as the highest authority for the preservation of the international peace and security. UNESCO should not serve as an instrument for the affirmation of an illegal and unilaterally declared independence of a part of the territory of one UN member state. The primary goal of UNESCO is to promote universal values of humanity through education, science and culture not to make political decisions with regard to the statehood.
• Because this would be a dangerous precedent, harmful for many states. This would open the door for other entities to follow the same path thus threatening territorial integrity and sovereignty of other member states.
• Because this issue is polarizing the membership of UNESCO.
• Because, besides not being a state, Pristina does not have moral credibility for membership. Anyone aspiring to UNESCO membership must prove not only in words but as well in deeds its commitment to the goals of the UNESCO Constitution, which certainly is incompatible with deliberate, systematic, vandal demolition of Serbian cultural and historic monuments with the aim to remove the traces of centuries-long existence of Serbs in this area as well as the impunity of the perpetrators of such barbaric acts unworthy of the 21st century. These acts are comparable only to the acts of destruction of cultural heritage by terrorist groups in the Middle East and elsewhere that the world is witnessing and UNESCO is strongly condemning.
• Because four Serbian orthodox monasteries are inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in danger although the armed conflict in Kosovo is over for many years now. In danger from whom?
• Because the inclusion of this item in the provisional agenda of the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive board raises serious concerns about the compliance with procedure and the respect of the established UNESCO rules. Just to mention that that even publishing of the document on the unacceptability of Kosovo’s application for UNESCO membership from the standpoint of the international law, prepared by Serbian Delegation to UNESCO ,as an official document, as we requested, was refused. And the only intention was the voice of Serbia also to be heard.
• Because we all would have to live with the negative consequences of such an irresponsible decision from the lesioning of the international law up to the fate of the Serbian cultural heritage in the province of Kosovo and Metohijawhich not only belongs to the Serbian people but also represents a part of the historical and civilizational heritage of modern Europe and the world.


President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vucic attended ceremony of the formal opening of the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in the Turkish city of Eskisehir. Upon the invitation of the Turkish President H.E. Mr.Recep Tayyip Erdogan,next to which he stood on the scene, President Vucic together with presidents of Ukraine and Azerbaijan opened the TANAP by symbolic turning on a vent of the pipeline. During the ceremony President Vucic held a speech in which he pointed out that this project will prevent the energy isolation of the region of the South Eastern Europe, will contribute to the energy connectivity of this part of Europe, as well as to positively affect the investment climate and to encourage the arrival of new investors to the countries of the region. While opening program, President Vucic had separate bilateral meetings with the presidents of Ukraine and Turkey. The improvement of all kinds of the cooperation aspect, especially, the economic one, was the main subject of the meetings.


On the contrary of the Brussels Agreement, temporary local government in Prishtina do not allow the entrance to the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohya to the citizens of the Republic of Serbia holders of the passports of the Republic of Serbia issued by Autonomous Province Kosovo and Metohya Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. When entering the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohya, citizens of the Republic of Serbia are advised to use their ID cards issued by the concern authorities of the Republic of Serbia.


During an official visit to Istanbul, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Turkey Zoran Markovic visited the associations of our emigrants in Pendik and Bajrampasa. These associations bring together the largest number of emigrants and their descendants from the territory of the former Yugoslavia, primarily Bosnias from the Raska region in the Republic of Serbia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Ambassador Zoran Marković, on this occasion, presented several packages of textbooks for learning Bosnian for younger students (elementary), which is part of a wider project realized with the support of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia and several sponsors, members of our emigrants in the Republic of Turkey. The aim is to bring our language, tradition and culture closer to the youngest generations of the emigrants. Ambassador Zoran Markovic emphasized in his interview with the management and members of the association that knowledge of language, tradition and culture is important for maintaining relations with the mother-counrty. The goal should not only be to obtain a travel document from the Republic of Serbia, while young generations do not know the basic information and facts about the country from which their parents and ancestors come. In this context, modalities of further cooperation in the field of education and education were considered. The next steps are the organization of language courses in Istanbul, as well as in Ayvalik, a famous Turkish resort where traditionally most of our emigration rest during the summer holidays. In this way, the youngest would learn our language and acquire basic knowledge about the Republic of Serbia through play and entertainment. Our emigrants also expressed interest in establishing institutional cooperation between schools in the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Turkey, as well as for student exchange programs, and attending summer sports camps (basketball, tennis, etc.) in the Republic of Serbia. Ambassador Zoran Marković, at the invitation of the President of the Association "Bosnia - Sandžak" from Pendik, on June 2, o.g. will attend the large Ramsan Iftar in this Istanbul municipality, which is expected participation of large number of prominent figures from the political and public life of Istanbul and the Republic of Turkey. In addition, meetings were also used for discussions on other consular issues of interest to the population of our emigrants in the Republic of Turkey, primarily topics related to the acquisition of citizenship and travel documents of the Republic of Serbia.

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