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Romanian Gov't discussed on Serbia's EU accession candidate membership

Prime Minister Mihai-Razvan Ungureanu received a report at the previous Government meeting on Serbia's EU accession candidate membership, spokesman Dan Suciu reported Tuesday.'There was a report on this matter, but no elaborated talks,' Suciu said after a meeting on Tuesday of the Government.He underscored that Romania's current position on this matter is that publicly and officially expressed.'There is a public stance Romania has voiced on this matter that for the time being is our position as well,' said Suciu.

AFP : « Romania stops Serbia's EU bid » :

The news sent by AFP reads that « Bucharest's demands for guarantees for Serbia's Romanian-speaking minority of Vlachs, some 30,000 people, took ministers ``by surprise``, a diplomat said. ``Romania is the only country holding out,'' said a source close to the negotiations. ``Romania has been asked to go back and consult and hopefully it will accept.'' Romania itself will be lobbying for support later this week when the EU's refusal to allow Bucharest to join the visa-free Schengen area comes up at the summit.

A separate spat over diplomatic and trade issues with Lithuania, which is also one of several eastern European countries wary of Belgrade's friendship with Moscow, was laid to rest at Tuesday's talks, a source said.

``The strategic goal for my country is to become a member state,'' Serbian President Boris Tadic, who is largely credited with bringing the country closer to Europe, said on the eve of the vote.``It is very important to creating better conditions in southeast Europe,'' he added. ``Our region suffered very much in the 1990s.''

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