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US pushes for political reforms in Balkans

10-12-2010 14:06 BJT

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Sarajevo to push for political reforms in the Balkans. Her visit aims to speed-up the region's full integration into the European Union and NATO.

Clinton arrived in the Bosnia-Herzegovinan capital on Monday. She is expected to urge the country's new leadership to make EU membership a priority. Bosnia lags other West Balkans countries in making progress on political reforms deemed necessary for EU membership.

The EU has called on Bosnia to have a stronger central government, but Bosnian-Serbs reject the idea amid fear they will lose their autonomy. After Bosnia, Clinton will travel to the Serbian capital Belgrade to push leaders for a speedy start to talks with Kosovo. Serbia has refused to recognize Kosovo's independence since its succession in 2008. Clinton will wrap up her European tour on Thursday, when she attends NATO meetings in Brussels.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
arrives at Sarajevo airport. Clinton
arrived in Sarajevo ahead of talks
Tuesday with members of Bosnia's
tripartite presidency.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV

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