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Bosnia, Kosovo Still Keen To Join EU Despite Brexit

Bosnia's leaders say European Union membership will remain their goal despite Britain's vote to leave the bloc in a landmark referendum on June 23.

Prime Minister Denis Zvizdic said on June 24 that Bosnia is determined to join the EU as "nowhere on this planet people live better."

The Croat member of the Bosnian presidency, Dragan Covic, who submitted Bosnia's membership application in February, said Britain's vote was just another challenge that will make the bloc stronger.

In Croatian, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac called the referendum "a heavy blow to the unity of the European Union."

Kosovo’s European Integration Minister, Bekim Collaku, said it was "painful that one of the member countries, one of the first to recognize our independence and among the most supportive in our European path, will leave the EU."

He added that Kosovo still had a "powerful aspiration for EU membership."

Based on reporting by AP and Balkan Insight