Franco Frattini says Italy backs Serbia’s EU path

Serbian Deputy PM Božidar Đelić said Monday that Serbia will endeavor for full cooperation with the Hague.

Serbia will pursue reforms in order to get the status of European Union membership candidate by the end of this year, Đelić told a joint press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini in Belgrade.

In December, Italy will support Serbia’s bid for getting EU candidate status and setting a date for starting accession negotiations, the ministers said.

Frattini thinks that Serbia’s integration had to be backed by cooperation with the Hague Tribunal and the next visit by Hague Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz would be important in that respect.

The two ministers also referred to the report of Council of Europe Rapporteur Dick Marty on human organ trafficking in Kosovo and urged a serious and independent international investigation.

The report can be the basis for an investigation that would lead to the full truth, Frattini believes. The inquiry has to be extensive, involve international supervision and leave no misgivings whatsoever, Jeremić stated.

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