Serbia Supports Canada on UN Security Council, Says Kosovo War Is in the Past

By Blanchfield, Mike | The Canadian Press, November 16, 2016 | Go to article overview

Serbia Supports Canada on UN Security Council, Says Kosovo War Is in the Past


Blanchfield, Mike, The Canadian Press


Serbia supports Canada on UN Security Council

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OTTAWA - Canada has won the support of Serbia in its bid for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council in 2020, even though Canada went to war against it 17 years ago, says the country's foreign minister.

The Security Council campaign is a key pillar of the Trudeau government's foreign policy and the international politicking is in the early stages. But it is clearly under way.

The public endorsement by a European country, albeit a small one, is important.

Canada is running in the 2019 election for a two-year term starting the following year.

Canada lost its last Security Council bid in 2010 to Portugal -- a loss that was at least partially attributable to what many analysts viewed as the solidarity of the European countries voting in a bloc for one of their own.

Canada competes in the Western European and Others Group of the UN, and will face stiff competition in 2019 from Ireland and Norway.

"Serbia will certainly support it, support their candidacy," Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in an interview Tuesday during his first visit to Canada.

"We wish to have better relations with Canada. Canada is a very important partner of ours."

The visiting foreign minister demurred when asked whether Serbia would try to influence European neighbours, saying it is a small country.

Serbia is on a track to join the European Union by the end of the decade and its ambassador to Canada, Mihailo Papazoglu, suggested his country would not be averse to trying to convince some of its neighbours in the Balkans and elsewhere on the continent to support Canada. …

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