Visiting EU president meets Slovenian PM, discussing regional issues

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European Union President Herman Van Rompuy met with Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor in Ljubljana on Monday in advance of a brief West Balkan tour, reported the Slovenian news agency STA.

Addressing the press after the meeting, Van Rompuy said he had come to convey three messages to the West Balkan region: that their future was in the EU and NATO; that internal and regional reforms were necessary for a smooth transition; and that peace, stability and negotiations remained of key importance.

Both leaders expressed concern over the violent incidents in northern Kosovo. Pahor stated that it was difficult to discern whether they were isolated incidents or represented a pattern of escalating violence. A Serb MP in the Kosovo parliament was shot outside his house on Monday, while on Friday one person was killed and 11 injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd of Serb protestors in Kosovska Mitrovica.

Van Rompuy and Pahor also discussed Slovenia's role in the region, as Slovenia is the only former Yugoslav republic to become an EU member. Van Rompuy said he was supportive of Slovenia's efforts to increase cooperation among Western Balkan countries.

Furthermore, the EU president cited the recent arbitration agreement between Slovenia and Croatia to resolve the Bay of Piran border dispute. Van Rompuy said it was proof that bilateral issues can be resolved in a "European spirit."

Pohar said the agreement provided an example of how to resolve open issues amicably. It could provide the "impetus for other countries" to do the same.

Source: Xinhua


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