Friday, October 24, 2008

Romania calls for meeting with Serbia, Italy

Friday, October 24, 2008

BELGRADE, Serbia: Romania is calling for a three-party meeting with Italy and Serbia to demonstrate support for Serbia's bid to become an EU member.

Romania's Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu says he has proposed that the meeting be held in Belgrade with Italy's Silvio Berlusconi and Serbia's Mirko Cvetkovic.

Tariceanu said Friday in Belgrade that such a gathering "would show that Serbia has two strong pillars supporting its European integration."

Both Italy and Romania have backed Serbia in its bid to reform and move closer to the EU.

But Serbia's EU bid has stalled because of the country's failure to arrest a top war crimes suspect.

It was not immediately clear when the meeting could be held. Serbia's premier Cvetkovic hailed the idea.

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