Saturday, December 11, 2010

News Flash: Serbia to attend Nobel Awarding Ceremony

Belgrade has changed it mind. The Serbian government has reversed its earlier decision not to participate in the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to honor Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese democracy advocate who is imprisoned in China.
In response to the expectations of the Serbian public, Belgrade said on Friday that it is sending Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic to the Ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
Wanting to maintain friendly relations with economic giant, China, Serbia had earlier turned down the invitation from the Nobel committee in Oslo to honor the 54-year-old human rights activist.
The initial decision of Serbia to join China in the Nobel boycott had sent shock waves among European Union officials who expressed disapproval since the country is a candidate for entry to the EU.
With Serbia's reversal, 19 countries are not participating the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo on 10 December.
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