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Nikolic To Be Sworn In, As Balkan Leaders Steer Clear

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
By RFE/RL's Balkan Service
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is set to be formally sworn in at a ceremony in the capital Belgrade.

The nationalist Nikolic, who beat pro-Western incumbent Boris Tadic in an election last month, officially became president on May 31 but will hold an inauguration on June 11.

Fellow Balkan leaders from Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia have turned down invitations to the ceremony, citing controversial remarks by Nikolic on massacres at Vukovar and Srebrenica during the 1990s Balkan wars.

Ahead of his swearing-in, Nikolic is due to meet with EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule to discuss Serbia's bid to join the 27-member bloc.

Nikolic will travel to Brussels on June 14 in his first official trip as president.

With reporting by AFP
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by: Steven.001 from: Washington.D.C.
June 11, 2012 08:13
I don't see this guy as Nationalist. He won and that's something all should respect. If is view is opposite than neighboring countries than it's their problem not his. They should accept this new reality and work together for all people benefit. Nikolic is new President of Serbia and I'm sure that he will do everything for the benefit of his nation...even better that ex President Mr. Tadic. Nikolic was chosen by Serbian people to fight corruption and criminals who used their political positions for their own benefit. He is a man with a stand and with completely different approach to those issues than Tadic. To cut the long story short...This is a man who will transform Serbian society for better not like Tadic...

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