EU ministers meeting in Brussels have put a positive spin on the inconclusive result of the Serbian election. Foreign policy chief Javier Solana denied the outcome amounted to a failure of EU policy on Serbia: “The majority of forces, the majority of the vote has been for the parties that support European objectives and democratic Serbia.”
The German Foreign Minister, Frank Walter Steinmeier, said he believed a pro-European government would be formed:
“The radicals got most votes but nevertheless two-thirds of the seats in parliament will go to democratic forces and I believe that is going to be the basis for a government that is going to lead the country on a path towards Europe”
It is not expected EU leaders will take an early decision to resume talks with Belgrade on eventual membership of the bloc. They were suspended over the issue of the fugitive war crimes suspects Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadic.