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Ederer: EU cannot afford to import unresolved conflict

Markus Ederer; Photo: Tanjug/Dragan Kujundžić

BELGRADE – It is clear that the EU cannot afford to import another unresolved bilateral conflict through enlargement, Markus Ederer, State Secretary of the German Federal Foreign Office, said in Belgrade on Tuesday, Tanjug reports.
Speaking at the conference “Deepening of the EU’s Security and Defence Cooperation in a Multi-Speed Europe”, organised by the International and Security Affairs Centre (ISAC), Ederer said that, despite the difficulties, he believed Serbia and Kosovo could solve their problems in a sustainable way and that both sides had an interest in doing so.

We commend Serbia’s great commitment to the process – it is now difficult to raise the question of progress, but hopefully it will come as soon as possible after the Kosovo elections, he said.

In the talks, the two sides cannot try to block each other’s European path, Ederer underscored.

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