No new conditions for Serbia's path towards the EU

Steinmeier said that Germany would work on the opening of Serbia's EU membership negotiations chapters "as soon as possible, during this year."

No new conditions for Serbia's path towards the EU

World Bulletin / News Desk 

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Belgrade on Tuesday that "nobody has changed the conditions on Serbia's path towards the EU."

Steinmeier made a statement during a joint press conference with Swiss and Serbian counterparts Didier Burkhalter and Ivica Dacic.

He said they should not debate who was to blame. The conditions did not changed for Serbia and did not introduce new conditions. All this is nonsense.

Dacic for his part said that he and his German counterpart "discussed the best way to open the first chapter as soon as possible, so that Serbia could move forward in the negotiation process."

Steinmeier added that Germany would work on the opening of Serbia's EU membership negotiations chapters "as soon as possible, during this year."

Asked what the required "compromise" between Belgrade and Pristina meant in this context, Steinmeier said that neither side disputed that "normalization of relations is an integral part of the common tasks."  

Ivica Dacic added that the relations between Serbia and Germany have been "visibly improved" in recent years, especially in the economic field, "which is a positive step and a good sign." 

According to B92 news, after the bilateral meeting, Dacic, as OSCE chairperson-in-office, hosted a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Troika. Steinmeier and Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter both participated.

During the day, the German minister will meet with Serbia's president and prime minister.

Ahead of his visit to Belgrade, Steinmeier said that Germany "remains a sincere and reliable partner for Serbia's path towards the EU."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Nisan 2015, 11:26
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