Serbia is dedicated to peace

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic presented on Thursday the officers of the 57th class of the National Defence School General Staff professional improvement course with officer sabers and said that Serbian officers on peace missions were ambassadors and the most eloquent testimony of Serbia and its dedication to peace and security in the world.

"Let knowledge be your most valuable weapon and let the wisdom coming from it increase its effect in any form of defense, including the defense of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo," he said at the ceremony held in the parliament.

It is dangerous to accept unilateral solutions that meet the interest of only one people and the best solution should be found to establish a lasting peace and prosperity in Kosovo, he pointed out.

Serbia is proud concerning the information coming from the headquarters of the multinational peacekeeping forces in Cyprus, Congo, Lebanon, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Somalia, which Serbian troops are a part of, he said.

It is the best confirmation of the quality of the Serbian military education and of Serbia's officers and soldiers, Nikolic noted.

He commented on the Armed Forces' involvement in fighting the May floods in Serbia by saying that the damage would have been even greater had the military not intervened in a timely and adequate fashion.

This ceremony is being held during the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, a time when the Kingdom of Serbia relied on the skill of its political and military leaders, he stated.

The Serbian people, just like the members of the military and civil servants, want the country to facilitate closer cooperation, peace and security in the future, said the president.

The Serbian authorities are determined to provide the best standards of living and work for all its people, regardless of their national and religious background, thereby joining the community of European nations. The role of the Armed Forces in that is of great significance, Nikolic concluded.

Nikolic presented the sabers to Lieutenant Colonel Sasa Momcilovic from Surdulica, Lieutenant Colonel Radovan Gajic from Loznica and Lieutenant Colonel Brana Krnjajic from Autun, France.

Defence Minister Bratislav Gasic presented the sabers to the other officers who completed the course.

Nikolic also presented the students of the 3rd class of the High Studies of Security and Defence with pins for completing the course.

Photo Tanjug, S. Ilic