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Belgradekeeps EU association initiative alive

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Belgradekeeps EU association initiative alive


Taking time for courtesy, Serbian President Boris Tadic has been meeting Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel in Vienna, as part of Belgrade’s diplomatic offensive to maintain a healthy working relationship with the European Union, with whom it hopes to continue association talks in May.
In a related step, more than ten years after the Bosnian war ended, Belgrade’s parliament has passed a law to freeze indictees’ assets.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for U.N. chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte has firmly denied allegations made by Bosnian media that she had anything to do with a supposed telephone conversation between Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and top Bosnian Serb war crimes indictee Ratko Mladic; His handover by the end of this month is key to Serbia’s bid to eventually join the EU.

Kostunica has pledged to ensure Mladic is in the hands of the UN court authorities in The Hague by the deadline.

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