Serbia, Canada sign emigrants accord

March 16, 2006 at 11:17 AM
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Canada and the Serbia-Montenegro union have signed an agreement on return of emigrants and on opening Toronto-Belgrade commercial flights.

Canadian Ambassador Robert MacDougal in Belgrade and Rasim Ljajic, Serbia-Montenegro minister for Human and Minority Rights, Thursday signed an "Agreement on re-admission" which covers issues on return and acceptance of emigrants who do not meet conditions for entry or stay in other states the Belgrade BETA news agency said.

Ljajic said the signing of re-admission accords with Western countries is a condition for obtaining access to the European Union's Shengen visa list for citizens of Serbia-Montenegro.

Canada was the 16th country with which the Belgrade government signed the accord. Talks were under way with 12 other countries, Ljajic said and added he was expecting to sign soon readmission accords with France, Norway and the Czech Republic.

The Thursday agreement also provided for reopening regular airline flights between Toronto and Belgrade by June 1, Ljajic said.

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