Friday, February 24, 2012

Daily: Romania determined to block Serbia's candidate bid

BELGRADE -- A Belgrade-based daily writes today that a new obstacle has come up on Serbia's already difficult road toward becoming candidate for EU membership.
According to the Danas newspaper, Romania is determined to block a positive decision on the status bid "unless steps are taken urgently to improve the position of the Vlach minority (in Serbia)".
The news reportedly reached top Serbian officials on Thursday as they were preparing to meet with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

"The Romanians have announced they will block the candidature over the Vlach issue. That cast a huge shadow on the already difficult talks with Westerwelle," unnamed sources were quoted as telling the daily.

They also said that there will be "immediate engagement in intensive communication" with the friendly neighbor - one of five EU member-states that have not recognized the ethnic Albanian unilateral declaration of independence.

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