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Nikolic Tells Neighbors He Won't Be An Obstacle

Serbian President Tomislav NikolicSerbian President Tomislav Nikolic
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Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic
Serbia's new nationalist president says his country would try to normalize ties with Kosovo but would never recognize as a country the region that seceded from Serbia in 2008.

Nikolic told a Belgrade meeting of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) that Serbia is ready to resume European Union-brokered negotiations on normalizing ties with Kosovo that were initially launched by his predecessor, Boris Tadic.

After upsetting Bosnia and Croatia during the last few weeks with remarks about the 1990s Balkans wars, Nikolic on June 15 said he did not want to be an obstacle to regional cooperation.

The SEECP meeting ended without a joint declaration as Serbia and Albania disagreed over the possible inclusion and representation of Kosovo in the regional grouping set up in 1996 to promote members' EU integration.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP
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by: Milos from: Belgrade
June 16, 2012 06:38
Of course that Serbia wants to normalize relations in Kosovo, but everyone in Europe has to know that Kosovo and Metohija is the cradle of the Serbian people. Serbs will never give up Kosovo and recognized.Thus, each country has acted in Europe, I think.

by: Pufnica from: Serbia
June 16, 2012 16:20
Of course that Nikolic right when he says he wants to normalize relations in the EU and to keep Kosovo. Is not it a priority of every state.

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