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Estonia Supports Starting European Union Accession Negotiations With Macedonia

12.12.2012

No 448-E

Estonia recognises the progress made in political negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo and supports the opening of European Union accession negotiations with Macedonia*, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that progress in negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo is required in order for EU accession negotiations to be opened with Serbia and for negotiations for concluding a Stabilisation and Association Agreement to begin with Kosovo.

Paet stated that the agreement reached between Serbia and Kosovo regarding the implementation of joint border management and the exchange of liaison officers is a vital step forward, but now it is necessary to carry out the agreed actions. “The situation in North Kosovo requires the will and effort of both sides, and finding a solution requires the involvement of the Serbian community there,” he noted.

It is also important to give Kosovo a clear perspective by starting negotiations for a European Union Stabilisation and Association Agreement, said Paet.

The foreign minister said that Macedonia has demonstrated significant progress during the accession dialogue. “We strongly support deciding on a date to open negotiations with Macedonia,” said Paet. “Macedonia must be enabled to move forward with European Union integration. Putting it off will not help the trustworthiness of European Union enlargement policy or the mood in the country,” he noted.

*former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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