Croatia Summit confirms EU membership for host country

10:25, July 11, 2010      

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Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said on Saturday that the main conclusion of the two-day Croatia Summit convened in Dubrovnik was that Croatia's membership in the European Union was an "accepted fact," reported the Croatian news agency Hina.

"The common conclusion is that Croatian accession to the EU is an accepted fact," said Kosor, adding that her country was at " the final 500 meters of a short, but challenging path."

The summit brought together several regional countries and representatives of numerous international organizations. Prime Ministers Francois Fillon of France, Donald Tusk of Poland, Borut Pahor of Slovenia, Sali Berisha of Albania, Boyko Borisov of Bulgaria and Hashim Thaci of Kosovo attended. Diplomatic representatives of other European countries, Canada and representatives of NATO, OSCE and other international organizations also participated.

Kosor said the summit with the theme "Southeast Europe before the global challenges," was most successful on the "sidelines" where various leaders could meet in an informal setting.

Specifically, Kosor mentioned that regional colleagues, Berisha and Thaci, discussed strengthening economic ties and agreed to several specific projects with Croatia.

"Croatia will strongly support the Euro-Atlantic integration of our neighbors, especially when we become a member of the EU," said Kosor.

Notable by its absence, Serbia boycotted the summit in protest of the state status given to Kosovo at the summit. Serbia is challenging Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and routinely declines to attend any meeting where Kosovo is represented outside the framework of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244, under temporary UN administration.



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