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International Mediators Visiting Serbia: Is There a Political Crisis?

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Archive / Analysis | 10.09.19 | access_time 12:19

Vucic with McAllister (Beta/MilanObradovic)

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week officially appointed his deputy’s assistant Matthew Palmer as special envoy to the Balkans, whereby Washington definitely confirmed its interest in goings in the region. European Parliament (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs Chair David McAllister and EP representatives Eduard Kukan and Knut Fleckenstein visited Belgrade last week and talked with representatives of both the authorities and the opposition. Prior to all that, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had a meeting with Pompeo in New York that lasted for close to two hours.

The ruling bloc and the mainstream media under its control see nothing unusual in such intensive diplomatic activity and suggest that the emissaries from Brussels and Washington are coming to “discipline” the Serbian opposition and get it to abandon plans for boycotting the regular general election due to be held in spring 2020.

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