No timetable set for Serbia EU application

Dec. 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- No decision has been made on if Serbia will submit its European Union candidacy application before the end of the year, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic says.

Jeremic said Wednesday that, despite widespread speculation the application will be submitted this month, no firm decisions have been made, the Serbian news Web site B92 reported.

Jeremic told the Web site that a final decision may be forthcoming after Belgrade consults with European partners and concludes talks among senior government officials.

"The act itself of applying for candidacy is a political act which demonstrates that the debates on the topic are finished," he told B92. "We finished the domestic debate on what direction we are headed -- we are heading toward EU integration. The international debate will be finished when Serbia submits its candidacy application."

The decision, Jeremic said, "has not yet been made on when this will be."

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