EUROPEAN UNION - SERBIA

Netherlands, Belgium propose pact on Serbia

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The Netherlands and Belgium have made a compromise proposal to European Union partners under which the bloc could sign a long-delayed association pact with Serbia in June, the Belgian foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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BRUSSELS, April 27 (Reuters) - The Netherlands and Belgium
have made a compromise proposal to European Union partners under
which the bloc could sign a long-delayed association pact with
Serbia in June, the Belgian foreign ministry said on Sunday.


"A joint proposal has been sent to the EU Presidency," the
ministry spokesman said, noting that EU foreign ministers are
due to discuss Serbia at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday.


Most EU states want to sign a Stabilisation and Association
Agreement (SAA) -- a gateway to eventual membership -- with
Serbia now, but the Netherlands and Belgium have long insisted
the SAA cannot be signed until Belgrade shows full cooperation
with the U.N. war crimes court in the Hague.


The Belgian spokesman said any signature would be on the
understanding that the pact did not actually enter into force
until the Hague tribunal was satisfied with Serbia's
cooperation.

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