Parliament continues to block EU treaty with Serbia
Parliament supports government standpoint to block treaty.16 January 2008
THE HAGUE – The Foreign Minister of Slovenia, who currently holds the EU presidency, failed to convince the Dutch parliament to agree to an EU cooperation agreement with Serbia on Wednesday.
The Netherlands and Belgium are the only two countries blocking this accord. Slovenian Minister Dimitrij Rupel is in the Netherlands to urge the country to ratify the cooperation agreement. But Parliament remains unanimously in support of the standpoint of the government, which refuses to sign the treaty until Bosnian-Serb General Ratko Mladic is handed over to the Yugoslavia Tribunal.
The Slovenian minister will also talk with his Dutch counterpart Maxime Verhagen, Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and the new chief prosecutor of the Yugoslavia Tribunal during his visit to The Hague today.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news