Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, "EU responsible for stability of Serbia"

From Blic
Author: B.T. | 4/10/2008 - 06:00 EU responsible for stability of Serbia

‘I hope that the EU countries that made too early decision on recognition of Kosovo shall realize their responsibility for leaving pro-European forces in Serbia in the lurch’, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder says for ‘Blic’.

‘That is why I hope that until April 28 they, especially the Netherlands, shall realize how important it is that the stabilization and association agreement (SAA) is signed and that the first step towards suspension of visa regime for the citizens of Serbia is made’, he adds.
Schroeder, who visited Belgrade on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Swiss media group ‘Ringier’, the owner of ‘Blic’, says that as for Kosovo he personally preferred different decision to have been made, but ‘now there is no sense in looking back’. His message to European leaders is that the stability of the whole region would be affected if the SAA with Serbia is not signed.

He mentions that half a million of Serbs living in Germany have no problem of integrating into German society.

‘This shows how the cultures are close. At the same time those people are the best ambassadors of Serbia, or the best representatives of Serbia and its culture in Germany’.

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