Skip to comments.Serbia's Tadic and Greek Defense Minister pay tribute to Serbian fallen of WWI's Macedonian Front
Posted on 06/04/2010 12:28:36 PM PDT by Ravnagora
Serbian President Boris Tadic
Photo of Zejtinlik, the Serbian Military Cemetery in Thessaloniki (Salonica) Greece, taken by "Avala". Wikipedia Commons
Serbian President opens business forum in Greece
THESSALONIKI -- At the end of his three-day official visit to Greece, Serbian President Boris Tadic today opened a business forum.
Tadic visits the Serb military cemetery in Thessaloniki (Tanjug) June 3, 2010
The event gathered leading businesspeople from Greece and Serbia in the Greek city of Thessaloniki.
The Serbian market has huge development potential and the prosperity of the Western Balkans can hardly be imagined without Serbia having a crucial role in it, Tadic said.
At the start of the forum Tadic underlined that Serbia offers the best business opportunities in the Balkans.
Serbia is the geographic, business and intellectual center of this region, and as one of the signatories of the CEFTA agreement and similar agreements with Russia, Belarus and Turkey, it offers the chance of export to the market with over 800 million consumers, the Serbian president said.
He expressed gratitude to Greece for the support it has been giving Serbia in both the political and economic field.
Over 200 Greek companies are doing business in Serbia and Greece has invested EU 2.5bn into Serbia. It is only through economic integration that the Balkans can be politically stabilized, Tadic said.
The Serbian president reiterated that it was in Thessaloniki, during a summit in the city in 2003, that a clear European perspective of the region was confirmed, pointing out that now, seven years after that summit, Serbia continues to insist on that strategic goal.
The European perspective is a strong incentive for the process of democratization and stabilization of the entire region. Any slowing down of this process would result in a high price which would have to be paid not only by the people of the West Balkans, but also by the citizens of the EU, Tadic said, and added that this would bring about inconceivable economic and security consequences to the whole of the EU.
Also on Thursday in Thessaloniki, Tadic and Greek Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos laid wreaths at the monument to Serb soldiers at the Serb Military Cemetery Zejtinlik.
The ceremony was attended by Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac, Greek Archbishop Varnavas and others.
The ceremony began with a minute of silence observed for the fallen Serb soldiers, after which the Greek army orchestra played the anthems of the two countries.
A total of 5,680 Serb soldiers are buried in the crypt beneath the chapel, and another 1,440 in ten different cemetery plots.
The Zejtinlik cemetery has two common graves with the remains of 295 unknown soldiers who were killed on the Macedonian front during the First World War, and another grave with the remains of 125 Partisans fallen in the Second World War.
Tadic on Wednesday discussed with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou the economic cooperation between the two countries, instruments of the fight against the financial crisis and the issue of Kosovo and Metohija.
I would love to buy Serbian/Greek/etc products.
I cannot find any except a few things online.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.