Earlier this month Belgrade hosted a meeting of the Mixed Committee for the distribution of the diplomatic and consular property of the former Yugoslavia which, after more than seven years, ended with concrete decisions by which Serbia was assigned buildings in Frankfurt, Geneva, a residence in Harare.
"When it comes to Frankfurt, an agreement on the life-long support of the owner, a grandma who lived there until this year was signed in the seventies, and we paid it properly. We did not immediately inherit it when she died and now we had to get the successor's decision that the building was ours," said General Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Veljko Odalovic for RTS.
According to him there are two facilities in Draca and Tirana and there is an ongoing dispute with Albania, but he said the facilities undoubtedly belong to Serbia. Three buildings were already sold, he said, and some $40 million were paid into the Serbian budget.
The authorities will continue working on resolving the issue with the residence in New York, on Fifth Avenue, whose maintenance costs a lot. Also, the issue of the building in Berne remains unresolved.
"These are the two most difficult issues, the sale of two buildings that have a high value, $40 million for New York and some $10 million for Berne, which are a big burden for us. We own facilities with more than 2,500 square meters, where we have only a few people, and we cannot invest in them because they are not ours," Odalovic noted.