Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/western Balkans : Eu Puts off Conclusion of Pre-Accession Deals with Serbia and Bih

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/western Balkans : Eu Puts off Conclusion of Pre-Accession Deals with Serbia and Bih

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Contrary to what was expected, EU foreign ministers have not given their green light to the initialling of a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Serbia at the Council meeting on 15 October in Luxembourg. "The glass is rather half full than half empty, but Serbia has to further intensify its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY), before the agreement can be initialled," said the EU's Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn to reporters in Luxembourg. His statement came after ICTY Prosecutor Carla del Ponte presented a negative report on Serbia's progress in cooperation with the ICTY to EU foreign ministers on the same day. Del Ponte told the ministers that Serbia's cooperation with the Hague tribunal was too slow and insufficient. As a result, the initialling of the SAA agreement has been postponed.

"Although there has been some progress when it comes to the delivery of documents, [ ] my staff is still denied access to crucial archives. Moreover, four fugitives remain at large and the search for them appears to be extremely slow," said Del Ponte in her statement. She added that she was "absolutely convinced" that the government in Belgrade possesses the resources and the means to locate and arrest the fugitives. "The political will is needed" to arrest Ratko Mladic and three other war criminals still at large, Del Ponte told reporters after the meeting with EU foreign ministers, adding that Mladic remains within the Serbian government's reach. …

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