Netherlands blocks EU Serbia trade deal

The Netherlands stopped the European Union from extending new trade benefits to Serbia despite a positive report from the UN war crimes prosecutor, Reuters reported on Monday.

The Netherlands insists that Serbia must arrest former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic before it will back the treaty.
Mladic is held responsible for the massacre of over 7,000 men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. The enclave was under Dutch protection at the time.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said he was almost certain that the 27 EU foreign ministers will agree to implement an interim agreement on closer ties, including trade, at their next meeting in October, Reuters said.
But Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen may stand firm. ‘The outcome will only change when I conclude there is full cooperation [from the Serbs],’ Reuters quoted him as saying.
Greek foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis said yesterday during a visit to Serbia that the Netherlands is being unfair.

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