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Excerpts: Boris Tadic's victory speech

Serbia's newly elected president, Boris Tadic, has outlined the priorities for his term in office. Mr Tadic said he would work towards a new constitution and greater integration with Europe. And he said he was committed to finding a solution to the problem of Kosovo. The following excerpts were broadcast on Serbian B92 radio.

I believe that these elections have shown that Serbia has had enough of political violence, political aggression, lies and deceit. Serbia has had enough of all the conflicts and discord, which have characterised it over the entire past century...

What we need today... is a modern, strong constitution, which will form a legal and political basis for our future. Passing such a constitution is one of the priorities we face...

It is important to outline that this country is not giving up on European integration, regional integration or security integration.

The [Nato-led] Partnership for Peace and various other forms of security and political integration are not only the country's fate, they are what it and its citizens wish for...

Kosovo is another difficult problem... and I wish to express my absolute commitment to finding a political solution to the Kosovo knot.

Serbia, as a state, intends to co-operate with international institutions in seeking a solution. It also intends to protect its legitimate rights in Kosovo, the rights of citizens of Serb nationality and the rights of all other citizens who live there.

At the same time, Serbia will respect UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Military-Technical Kumanovo Agreement [which marked the end of the Nato bombing campaign in 1999].

Problems ahead

It is especially important to mention the state union of Serbia and Montenegro. This issue is politically and historically important to us, but it is also important in terms of day-to-day living and functioning.

I am in favour of a functional approach to all state issues, and I believe that political projects that function should exist, while those that do not function put themselves in question.

I believe, as a politician, that the state union of Serbia and Montenegro deserves a chance; that it offers many benefits to both the Serb and the Montenegrin peoples - on the basis of equality and mutual respect, of course, but also on the basis of economic interests.

That is why I want to say that, before visiting any other country, I will visit the state union of Serbia and Montenegro... This is not just a symbolic gesture, but an essential one which expresses my vision of the regional policy and the basis of our regional future...

I want to fight for a better life. Economic solutions form part of the basis of all our political solutions and intentions. Fighting for a better life for every citizen, every family, is the highest patriotic priority...

Serbia is facing great difficulties, and those who say anything else are deceiving our citizens. Enormous difficulties are ahead of us, and the president, unlike in some other, richer countries, has to do a huge job for the sake of our citizens' interests.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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