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Serbia, Turkey to boost economic, political cooperation

Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed today in Belgrade that the two countries should continue boosting cooperation in the fields of politics and the economy, and especially in establishing peace and stability in the Balkans.

After the meeting with Erdogan, Cvetkovic said that he spoke with the Turkish Prime Minister about military cooperation as well, noting that the Balkans should become an area of stability and peace, not conflict.

One of the topics was also the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Serbian Prime Minister underlined that the region must take the road of reconciliation and added that Serbia’s recent activities provide basis for the process of reconciliation and the establishment of good-neighbourly relations.

Erdogan stressed that Turkey wants to see more progress in the Balkans, but that can be achieved only with participation of Serbia and work on democratisation of the entire region.

He said that yesterday’s visit of Serbian President Boris Tadic to Srebrenica and the Declaration condemning the Srebrenica crime adopted by the Serbian parliament are good examples of ways to overcome difficulties.

The Turkish Prime Minister said that his talks with Cvetkovic have been constrictive and fruitful, noting that Serbia and Turkey have identical views concerning the preservation of integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Erdogan expressed his belief that differences that exist between the two countries concerning Kosovo-Metohija will not obstruct development of their relations.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Regional Development Mladjan Dinkic, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremic, Minister of Infrastructure Milutin Mrkonjic, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning Oliver Dulic, Minister for the National Investment Plan Verica Kalanovic, Minister without Portfolio Sulejman Ugljanin and Head of the EU Integration Office Milica Delevic.

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