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Serbia-Montenegro Lift Key Obstacle To EU Integration

7 April 2005 (RFE/RL) -- European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana brokered changes to the Serbia-Montenegro constitution today.

The changes are meant to consolidate the shaky union between Serbia and Montenegro and put it on track to EU membership.

The parties agreed today to extend the union parliament's mandate until new elections are held separately by the two republics at the same time as their next general elections.

The document was signed by the two presidents and two prime ministers of Serbia and Montenegro, plus the union president.

Solana also said that continuing cooperation with the war crimes tribunal on the hand over of suspects was imperative for beginning EU membership talks.

He praised Belgrade for arranging the surrender of 10 top-ranking soldiers and policemen in the past two months. (RTR/DPA/AP)