Serbia and Montenegro resume talks with EU

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Serbia and Montenegro have resumed association negotiations with the European Union begun in October. Harmonising legislation, political and financial cooperation, and the free movement of labour were on the agenda, as was creating institutions which would be responsible for putting a future accord into practice.

The EU had threatened to call off the talks.

But, after U.N. war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte last week said Belgrade’s cooperation with her tribunal had improved, it decided to go ahead with them.

The EU gave Serbia another month to catch Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic.

Mladic and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic top the list of the remaining fugitives sought by the UN tribunal.

Both are indicted for genocide.

Serbia arrested around 12 suspects and turned them over to the court in The Hague in 2005.

But, according to a poll published last week, now 53 percent of Serbs oppose extradition of suspects.

Both del Ponte and the EU have criticised Serbia for halting handovers since April of last year.