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Pavlopoulos: Balkan Wars, Conflicts and Differences To Be Left Behind

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Archive / News | 10.12.19 | access_time 12:59

Vucic with Pavlopoulos before their meeting, in Athens (AP)

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens on Dec. 10 said that Athens supported Serbia’s EU integration and wished to see the entire region as a strong pillar of the EU in southeastern part of Europe.  

At the beginning of a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic, Pavlopoulos said he was certain that Vucic’s visit to Greece would contribute to further strengthening bilateral relations and stepping up the process of Serbia’s EU integration.

“I am convinced that this visit would help to make the already good bilateral ties between Greece and Serbia even warmer and more efficient,” he said.

Pavlopoulos further said that Greece backed the EU and its enlargement as “a European structure which is based on respect of the fundamental principles and values such as peace, human rights, democracy, and social justice.”

He added that Greece advocated a process through which “the region, through cooperation of all the countries, will become a strong pillar of southeastern Europe,” and “will leave the Balkan wars, conflicts and difference behind.”

“It is a period in history which caused us much suffering, but we should be looking forward and create a pillar in southeastern Europe,” the Greek president noted.

Speaking about the key criteria for new EU members, Pavlopoulos cited the fulfillment of all EU standards and resolution of all disputes between the candidate countries, explaining that “that the EU cannot be an area for resolving disputes with other countries.”

“Serbia has made considerable steps forward, it has opened many chapters in the accession talks and Greece will continue to support Belgrade’s EU future…We are here to offer assistance where needed on your EU path,” the Greed president said.

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