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Eu/serbia : Belgrade Refuses to Sign Eu Accord

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/serbia : Belgrade Refuses to Sign Eu Accord

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The signature of the political agreement between Serbia and the EU has been postponed "indefinitely" due to a political disagreement within the ruling coalition in Belgrade over Kosovo. "We understand on the basis of our recent contacts that political and procedural obstacles in Serbia have prevented a decision authorising the government to sing this interim political agreement [on 7 February]," EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said in a statement on 6 February.

The Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), led by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, refused to authorise Bozidar Delic, a member of its coalition partner, the Democratic Party (DS), and the chief EU negotiator in the Kostunica cabinet, to sign the agreement. Unlike the DS, the DSS claims that by signing such an agreement at this particular point in time Serbia would indirectly endorse the EU's mission to Kosovo, which is regarded by Kostunica as a prelude to the province's independence (see Europolitics 3464). The DS, allied with recently re-elected President Boris Tadic, says, on the contrary, that Serbia's EU integration bid and the issue of Kosovo's future status should be kept separate.

OFFER REMAINS ON TABLE

Rehn underlined his disappointment about the fact that "certain politicians in Belgrade" have blocked the signature. He accused them of disregarding the "voice of the people who voted last Sunday in favour of Serbia's European future." At the same time, however, Rehn made it clear that the offer remains on the table. …

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