During his visit to Croatia, Slovenian President Nataša Berk-Musar said that “the future of the Western Balkan countries is the European Union”.
Musar, who took over as president in December 2022, made his first foreign visit to Croatia and met his counterpart Zoran Milanovic in the capital, Zagreb.
Speaking at the joint press conference, Berk Musar stated that Croatia and Slovenia are playing an active role in the path of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s membership in the European Union, and announced that they will continue their visits to the region.
Recalling that the next meeting of the Brdo-Brejoni process will be held in North Macedonia at the end of the year, Berk Musar stated that the meeting will be the focus of the young generation migrating from the countries of the region.
Pointing out that the future of the Western Balkan countries is the European Union, Burke Musar added that the membership process is vital for each country.
Kosovo assessment by Milanovic
Milanovic also mentioned that Bosnia and Herzegovina has obtained the status of a candidate country for EU membership in the past months, and said he hopes that the meeting to be held this year within the scope of the Brdo-Brzeno process will be concluded with a final declaration compared to the previous two years.
Evaluating the statement he made at the beginning of the week that “Kosovo has been annexed alongside international institutions,” Milanovic said, “Many things have been written and painted. I can say that Serbia was left without Kosovo, and it did. Serbia did not give Kosovo voluntarily “It was lost in the war. Kosovo became a recognized state at that time. Croatia is also one of the first to recognize Kosovo.” He said.
Expressing that Serbia needs to change some of its positions in order to be included in the European Union, Milanovic said, “The situation in Ukraine is a Serb-Russian love, in which Serbia will finally realize that it is a deceived lover. Russia is trying something in Ukraine. The Kosovo issue also stands out here.” . He said.
Russia will eventually recognize Kosovo in order to make what it has done in Ukraine “legal”, Milanović said, “Serbia will also somehow recognize Kosovo. Kosovo will also create a federation of Serbian municipalities in the north of the country.” Make an evaluation.
Meanwhile, Serbia considers Kosovo, which unilaterally declared its independence in 2008, to be its territory.
Serbia and Kosovo, which clash periodically, are trying to find a common way to normalize relations, and eventually the two countries get to know each other, within the scope of the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue process that began in 2011 with the mediation of the European Union.
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