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Serbia and Montenegro: Solana Says Staying Together Would Help In Joining EU

Belgrade, 6 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said today Serbia and Montenegro should stay together if they hope to join the European Union soon. Solana made the remarks in Belgrade after meeting Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic. He said rumors that a separation between the two republics would speed their membership in the EU are a "tremendous mistake."

Serbia and Montenegro are joined in a loose union that earlier this year replaced Yugoslavia. Each is entitled to hold an independence referendum after three years.

Solana said yesterday in Kosovo that leaders in the region should take advantage of an upcoming EU summit in Greece to reconcile differences with each other.