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> Montenegro EU Pact Should Be Finalised Soon

Published date: 12.03.2007 16:13 | Author: Kliping inostranih medija

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Montenegro should be able to finalise an agreement with the European Union that is a first step toward membership very soon, the EU's enlargement commissioner said on Thursday.

Olli Rehn told a news briefing after talks with Montenegro's Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic there were some trade-related matters to be dealt with in the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA).

"But I am sure we can initial the SAA agreement very soon," Rehn said, adding he planned to visit Montenegro on March 15. He declined to say if the agreement could be initialled by then.

The tiny Adriatic state left its union with Serbia last year. Serbia's SAA negotiations were suspended last May over its refusal to hand over war crimes suspects to the U.N. tribunal.