Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia meet to strengthen ties (2)

13:52, April 02, 2011      

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(L to R) Coratian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Serbian President Boris Tadic and Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor attend a press conference after their trilateral meeting in Smederevo, Serbia on April 1, 2011. (Xinhua/Vladimir Gogic)

Pahor, representing the only former Yugoslav republic to join the European Union, said the European integration of Croatia and Serbia was "not only about the interest of these countries, but also in the interest of the EU."

Within the scope of regional cooperation, the fight against corruption and organized crime was high on the agenda.

"It is very important to fight organized crime," said Tadic, "because this is our common struggle. I think that we have achieved outstanding results in our bilateral cooperation and at the trilateral level."

Kosor expressed readiness for greater co-operation of state institutions in the struggle against corruption and organized crime.

Nonetheless, despite the buoyant mood not all issues were resolved at the meeting.

"There are a series of bilateral disputes that have not yet solved, but we are deeply convinced that the most difficult problems can and must be solved in due time," said Tadic.

Serbia and Croatia have counter-suits of genocide pending before the International Court of Justice. While Tadic said he was prepared to discuss the possibility of dropping the suit against Croatia, the Croatian prime minister said the topic did not come up for discussion.

Source: Xinhua

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