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The European Union is ready to resume frozen partnership talks with Serbia following the arrest of a fugitive war crimes suspect. The announcement was made at talks in Berlin between Serbia’s President, Germany’s Chancellor and EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.

“I would expect that we could start these talks in early June,” said Rehn. “I will, of course, listen to Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte upon her return from Belgrade and take into account the findings of her visit.” Serbia’s President Boris Tadic stressed his country’s main goal was full EU membership.

Talks with the bloc were halted a year ago after Belgrade failed to keep a promise to arrest former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic. The man now in custody, Zravko Tolimir, was a close aide to Mladic, who remains on the run.