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Serbia resolute on EU path: President

English.news.cn   2013-07-10 06:19:47            

BELGRADE, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said on Tuesday that Serbia is resolute on its European path.

"It is unlikely that someone can drive Serbia off its European path, "Nikolic told reporters after meeting with visiting EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

The EU has a list of obligations Serbia has to fulfill, he said, adding that Serbia as a sovereign state will know how to fulfill its obligations and interests of its citizens.

But the Serbian president insisted that Serbia would not recognize Kosovo which unilaterally declared independence in 2008.

European leaders decided last month to open accession negotiations with Serbia in January 2014. However, the Union has set it as a precondition for Serbia's EU aspirations that the country must normalize relations with neighbors, especially Kosovo.

Meanwhile, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, who also met Ashton, said that Belgrade and Pristina should resume dialogues on all issues of concerns, but added that the continuation of dialogue does not mean that the EU-brokered agreement reached in Brussels in April is moving towards a legally binding document or the recognition of Kosovo.

Ashton, for her part, commended the progress achieved in the talks between Belgrade and Pristina and stressed she was satisfied when she presented that progress to EU members and by being able to say there were tangible results in the implementation of the Brussels agreement.

Editor: yan
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