W. Balkans leders "have learned lesson from past"

Johannes Hahn says the upcoming visit of all Bosnian Presidency members to Serbia is "another proof Western Balkan leaders learned the lesson from the past."

Source: Tanjug

EU's commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations spoke on Monday ahead of a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels.

Hahn "noted the evident progress in the way countries in the region treat each other, pointing to moderate reactions of the Bosnian Presidency and Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic after the incident in Srebrenica," Tanjug reported.

Vucic was attacked at the commemoration for Muslim victims at the Potocari Memorial Center on July 11.

Commenting on the decision of the assembly of the Serb entity, RS, to call a referendum on the Bosnian justice system, Hahn said that he told RS President Milorad Dodik last Monday that he must be aware of the consequences of that referendum, which is not in line with the EU policy.

The main goal has to be the work on strengthening Bosnia-Herzegovina, particularly on implementing the reform agenda, identifying cooperation mechanisms and negotiations with the EU, he said.

He underscored that reconciliation is the most important, but also justice, and that all activities of the EU have to focus on strengthening ties between countries in the region.

The upcoming conference on the Western Balkans in Vienna is the next step in that direction, Hahn said.


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