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Urging cooperation from all sides in Western Balkans

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Urging cooperation from all sides in Western Balkans


Mirror meetings in Brussels of both Croatian and Serbian leaders, with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. He said regional cooperation in the Western Balkans is vital to safeguard stability. The two countries were urged to use their influence to help defuse growing tensions in neighboring Bosnia.

Zagreb’s new President, Ivo Josipovic, has said he does not rule out the possibility that each side drop war-related legal complaints against the other.

Serbia’s Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic, with Euronews in Brussels, also discussed new cooperation: “I’m expecting that we both withdraw our cases. This is the best solution. I believe that in the future we will have to be with them, with Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro. This is the group of people of different nationalities but speaking the same language, and should be the closest among each other, because obviously the language is very very important.”

In a further sign of developing regional diplomacy,
EU member Slovenia has succeeded in bringing together Serbia’s president and the head of self-proclaimed independent Kosovo, the first such contact of these mutually wary entities, to prepare an upcoming Balkan EU integration conference.

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