The European Union (EU) diplomats have voiced their concern in Brussels over the fact that Belgrade-Pristina dialogue now no longer exists and pledged to help create environment for the dialogue to continue, said Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić during the session’s recess.
At the meeting of the EU foreign ministers Marija Pejčinović Burić also said that Croatia considers “Serbia’s unwillingness to face issues from the past” as an important issue.
The Croatian Minister went on to say that the EU ministers have very carefully considered the developments in the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, adding that “there is an acute concern over the fact that there is no dialogue at this time” and that “all ministers are willing to help with creating the circumstances and conditions for this dialogue to continue”.
EU ministers also think the dialogue is “extremely important for security and resolving open issues in South East Europe”; said the head of Croatian diplomacy.
Marija Pejčinović Burić also said that she conveyed to the EU ministers Zagreb’s view that “Serbia is still unwilling to face issues from the past which, in turn, affects the resolution of other issues that emerged following the disintegration of the former state, such as the border issue, or aggression on Croatia, and missing persons, war crimes, etc.”
“We have expressed a great concern that these processes cannot go as fast as they should if the Serbian side does not properly confront with its past, its role in the past and the renounce its 1990s ideology”, , of course, of the ideology of the ’90 – years,” the Croatian minister said.
The EU foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and pointed out that the authorities should be formed as soon as possible at all levels, the election law needs to change and the reforms have to be expedited.
The ministers have also encouraged all fractions in Macedonia to finally finalize the Skopje-Athens agreement regarding Macedonia’s official name and thus open the way for Macedonia to join EU and NATO.
(Novi magazin, 10.12.2018)
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