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Serbia: Croatia and Serbia sign declaration to improve bilateral ties02:34

Serbia: Croatia and Serbia sign declaration to improve bilateral ties

Serbia, Subotica
June 20, 2016 at 03:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic signed a declaration which aims to enhance bilateral relations and solve open issues between two countries, in the town of Subotica, Monday.

The six-point declaration addresses the bilateral protection of minorities, the negotiation process regarding the country's borders, humanitarian issues, cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis.

"I think that besides the declaration and political statements that Serbia and Croatia have made, we have showed that we want to improve our relations," Vucic stated during a press conference following the signing of the declaration. "These relations are a basis for good relations not only in the whole region but also a basis for relations between Croatia and Serbia with the EU, and what is most important - between the people who live in Croatia and Serbia," he added.

Grabar-Kitarovic expressed hope that in the future both countries will manage to "solve any conflict before it becomes a European problem."

Commenting on the EU accession negotiations with Serbia, Grabar-Kitarovic stressed that Croatian authorities "have no intentions to block Serbia on its way towards the European Union." Membership of the southeastern European countries including Serbia is a "precondition for peace, stability and prosperity in this part of Europe," she added.

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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic signed a declaration which aims to enhance bilateral relations and solve open issues between two countries, in the town of Subotica, Monday.

The six-point declaration addresses the bilateral protection of minorities, the negotiation process regarding the country's borders, humanitarian issues, cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the refugee crisis.

"I think that besides the declaration and political statements that Serbia and Croatia have made, we have showed that we want to improve our relations," Vucic stated during a press conference following the signing of the declaration. "These relations are a basis for good relations not only in the whole region but also a basis for relations between Croatia and Serbia with the EU, and what is most important - between the people who live in Croatia and Serbia," he added.

Grabar-Kitarovic expressed hope that in the future both countries will manage to "solve any conflict before it becomes a European problem."

Commenting on the EU accession negotiations with Serbia, Grabar-Kitarovic stressed that Croatian authorities "have no intentions to block Serbia on its way towards the European Union." Membership of the southeastern European countries including Serbia is a "precondition for peace, stability and prosperity in this part of Europe," she added.