Politics: FM Lambrinidis says Serbia deserves status of EU candidate

Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis, speaking after his meeting here with his Serb counterpart Vuk Jeremic, said that Serbia has made great progress in its course towards Europe and is entitled to receive the status of a candidate country for accession.
Lambrinidis said that Greece within the European Union supports the position that by the end of the year Serbia must be given the status of an accession candidate country.

On the question of Kosovo, the Greek minister reiterated that Greece's position does not change, stressing that the dialogue between Belgrade and Prisitina is the best way for a solution to be found.

Lambrinidis congratulated Jeremic over the progress achieved in the last meeting between the two sides in Brussels.

Economic relations between Serbia and Greece were also examined during the meeting. The Greek Foreign minister reassured that, despite the crisis, Greece's economic interest in the wider region has not diminished and Greek business presence will not decrease.

He added that in October, in the framework of the Foreign ministry's programme "Go International", an important meeting will be taking place in Belgrade between Greek and Serb businessmen.
Lambrinidis stressed that Greece places great importance on economic relations with Serbia and indicative ot this, as he said, is the fact that Serbia will be the theme country at the Thessaloniki International Fair.
The Greek Foreign minister also met with the president of the Republic of Serbia Boris Tadic. Early in the afternoon he had a meeting with Greek businessmen who are active in Serbia.
On Thursday, he will be leaving for Pristina where he will be meeting the political leadership of Kosovo.

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