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Serbian President Visits Croatia In New Reconciliation Move


Croatian President Ivo Josipovic (right) meets with his Serbian counterpart, Boris Tadic, to discuss further reconciliation measures in Zagreb.

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic (right) meets with his Serbian counterpart, Boris Tadic, to discuss further reconciliation measures in Zagreb.

Serbian President Boris Tadic has arrived in Croatia at the start of a two-day visit in a further move toward reconciliation between the former wartime foes.

Croatia's proclamation of independence from the former Yugoslavia sparked a four-year war with rebel Serbs who opposed the move.

Serbia backed the rebels in the conflict which claimed about 20,000 lives. Three weeks ago, Tadic apologized during a visit to Vukovar, the site of the bloodiest episode in the 1991-95 conflict.

Tadic and his Croatian counterpart, Ivo Josipovic, are set to discuss the return of refugees, people still missing after the war, border issues and economic cooperation.

The European Union, which both Serbia and Croatia hope to join, is pressing for reconciliation.

compiled from agency reports
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