Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said in a Nov. 27 conversation with Arnaud Gouillon, the newly appointed acting director of the Ministry's Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region, that the department would "continue its consistent and priority work to protect the rights and interests and preserve the cultural and linguistic identity of the diaspora and Serbs in the region."
According to Selakovic, providing assistance in preserving and developing the spiritual, ethnic and cultural agency of the Serb people outside the Republic of Serbia, primarily in the region, is particularly important in view of the fact that population censuses are forthcoming in neighboring states, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.
Selakovic voiced the conviction that Gouillon, "as a confirmed fighter for a better position for the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija and a fighter for the truth about historical events in the region in the last three decades, closely cooperating with the foreign minister, the government of Serbia and the president of the Republic, would make considerable headway in the work in his purview."
Gouillon said he was grateful for the opportunity to continue to work for the Serb people through Serbian institutions and pledged to give his all for the preservation and development of the spiritual, ethnic and cultural standing of the Serb people outside the motherland, including their economic and cultural ties with Serbia and the preservation of the Serb language and its Cyrillic alphabet, the press release added.
On Nov. 26, the Serbian cabinet appointed Gouillon, founder of the French non-governmental organization Solidarite Kosovo (Solidarity for Kosovo), to serve as acting director of the Foreign Ministry's Office for Cooperation with the Diaspora and Serbs in the Region.