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U.S. Urges Western Balkans To Strengthen Their Democracies

The United States is urging Western Balkan countries to intensify efforts to consolidate their democracies.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland began a regional tour on July 10 in Kosovo by calling on its leaders to strengthen the rule of law, the justice system, and the fight against corruption and organized crime, according to a statement from President Hashim Thaci's press office.

She also called on Pristina to further its dialogue with Serbia and also approve a border demarcation with Montenegro.

Nuland is to proceed from Kosovo on a tour that also includes Albania, Macedonia, and Serbia.

Based on reporting by AP