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Serbia: Government suspends military service duty

30 September 2010

Belgrade, 30 Sept 2010 – [...]

The government decided to suspend military service duty and sent this decision to the parliament for adoption. As of 1 January 2011, military service will be only for those who voluntarily want to be army members.

Defence reform yields excellent results

Nis, 30 Sept 2010 – Minister of Defence Dragan Sutanovac said today at a ceremony marking the Day of artillery and missile units in Nis that the reform of the defence system has shown excellent results.

Sutanovac outlined that a feasibility study on the modernisation of artillery and missile units is underway and added that these units require the largest funding.

The Minister confirmed that the reform of military education has been completed under which a University of Defence will be formed.

Sutanovac has announced that 8,500 new sets of uniforms for members of the Army will be procured by the end of the year.

Completion of the professionalisation of the army is not the end of reforms in the defence system, stressed the Minister and expressed satisfaction that 15,000 young candidates wanting to work in the Army have applied for 4,000 posts.

After the ceremony Sutanovac told reporters that on the administrative line with Kosovo-Metohija there are no indications suggesting that security might be in danger.

He maintained that there is no security threat and added that sporadic incidents are possible.

The event in Nis was also attended by Serbian Army Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Miloje Miletic.