OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Visits Serbia

OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov meets Foreign Minister of Serbia Marko Đurić, Belgrade, 18 June 2024. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia)

From 17 to 19 June 2024, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov visited Belgrade to engage with Serbian authorities on national minority issues. Nearing the end of his mandate, Abdrakhmanov expressed gratitude for the cooperation over the past three years. He met with key officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Ivica Dačić, Foreign Minister Marko Đurić, Education Minister Slavica Đukić Dejanović, and Equality Commissioner Brankica Janković.

The discussions focused on Serbia’s integration of its diverse society and the comprehensive legal framework supporting national minorities. The visit reviewed ongoing initiatives such as the Bujanovac Department of the Subotica Faculty of Economics, which aims to provide higher education in the Albanian language and foster interethnic youth interaction.

Additionally, talks addressed Serbia’s regional cooperation and the positive role of national minorities in enhancing bilateral relations. Abdrakhmanov also met with OSCE Mission to Serbia Head, Ambassador Jan Braathu, to discuss mutual interests and praised the Mission's contributions. Before this visit, Abdrakhmanov had hosted Human and Minority Rights Minister Tomislav Žigmanov in The Hague, further discussing minority issues. He also acknowledged the support from Serbia’s Permanent Mission to the OSCE.

The full press release is available on the OSCE website.