Serbian PM vows support for Bosnia's EU accession efforts

Serbian PM vows support for Bosnia
# 31 January 2013 03:16 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Visiting Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday his country will fully support Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in its efforts to join the European Union, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

"We wish BiH to get a candidate status and date for commencement of negotiations as soon as possible," said Dacic, whose country is one of the five EU candidate countries, at a press conference after meeting with BiH Security Minister Fahrudin Radoncic.

Currently, the EU has 27 member states, one acceding country, five candidate countries and three potential candidates, according to the EU official website. BiH is now a potential candidate for EU membership.

Dacic called on countries in the region to cooperate more closely. "When we have a joint stance, it makes the EU take the entire region more seriously. When we act together, we have much stronger arguments. When we are small, divided, or in a fight, no one will pay attention to us," he said.

Dacic is visiting Sarajevo to participate the forum of the Migrations, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) sponsored by Bosnia.

During the visit, Dacic has also conversed with BiH Prime Minister Vjekoslav Bevanda and President Nebojsa Radmanovic over bilateral relations and regional cooperation.

Dacic arrived in Sarajevo on Tuesday night.