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The President of the General Affairs and External Relations Council, Dr Dimitrij Rupel, today received the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Vuk Jeremić

Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Vuk Jeremić, and Slovenia, dr. Dimitrij Rupel (photo: Bobo).

In Ljubljana, the President of the General Affairs and External Relations Council, Dr Dimitrij Rupel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, today received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr Vuk Jeremić. Their discussions focused on the main theme of bringing Serbia closer to the European Union. Dr Rupel pointed out that the European Union had affirmed some time ago that the whole of the Western Balkans had a future in Europe, adding that, of all the countries in the region, Serbia in particular had vast intellectual, organisational and administrative potential. The Minister also emphasised that the Slovenian EU Presidency is making every effort to ensure that the stabilisation-association agreement between Serbia and the European Union is signed as soon as possible, while warning, however, that a coordinated position had not yet been reached on the subject within the European Union. He announced that the Presidency would take steps to ensure such a position was reached at the earliest possible opportunity.

Dr Rupel expressed his belief that, at the forthcoming elections, the Serbian people would confirm Serbia’s democratic traditions and their own commitment to the European perspective, which creates great expectations in this country and in the entire region and will bring not only economic but also moral benefits and, of course, cultural development in general. The Minister also acquainted the Serbian Minister Mr Jeremić with the priorities of the Slovenian EU Presidency.


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Date: 11.01.2008