Croatia, Serbia seek compromise on path to Europe

13:28, March 25, 2010      

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Croatia's President Ivo Josipovic and his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadic (L) talk to the media after their first unofficial meeting in Opatija March 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The presidents of Croatia and Serbia, Ivo Josipovic and Boris Tadic, respectively, said they were prepared to seek compromises on the road to a common European future on Wednesday.

At a joint press conference in the sea-side resort of Opatia, Croatia, the two presidents said they would search for a mechanism to address the countersuits of genocide that the two Balkan neighbors have pending before the International Court of Justice in Den Haag. Both suits stem from the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

"We are prepared for a compromise solution, but without invalidating the principles of justice and fairness," said Tadic, according to Croatian news agency HINA. "All those who have committed crimes must answer for them."

President Josipovic stated that there would be no purpose in pursuing the countersuits of genocide, if a negotiated settlement could address the substance of the complaints.

At this first official meeting of the two presidents, they also stated that their two countries shared the mutual goals of European values and reforms.

Source: Xinhua

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