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Brdo-Brijuni summit adopts joint statement at Brdo

Brdo pri Kranju, 17 May - The leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process adopted a joint statement reaffirming their committent to EU enlargement at the summit at Brdo pri Kranju on Monday hosted by Slovenian President Borut Pahor.

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process pose for a family photo at a meeting hosted by Slovenian President Borut Pahor at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process pose for a family photo at a meeting hosted by Slovenian President Borut Pahor at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process meeting at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Brdo pri Kranju
The leaders of the Brdo Brijuni Process pose for a family photo at a meeting hosted by Slovenian President Borut Pahor at Brdo estate.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

"After three hours of talks Brdo Declaration passed. A press conference scheduled at 3:15pm," Pahor announced on his Twitter account.

While details of the declaration are yet to be revealed, it was expected to underscore the importance of the enlargement process, which the leaders believe should be sped up and should look at the region as a whole rather than individual member states.

The meeting, marking the 10th anniversary of the initiative, is being attended by the leaders of Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, who has already left Brdo for Brussels, told reporters in a statement the key thing was there was a consensus for the European path to continue for the whole region.

"We have backed the intentions, wishes and demands of others in the Western Balkans to set a date of visa liberalisation talks," said Vučić.

He said there were many things at the meeting they did not agree on, including the issue of changes to borders. He said some interpreted border changes in two different ways, whichever way they liked, while Serbia believed they should not be changed beyond the rules.

He said Serbia had always advocated the integrity of borders as recognised by the UN. "This initiative of ours hasn't been adopted, while we're happy with the rest of the wording," he said as quoted by the Serbian press agency Tanjug, adding that some had demanded much more and were very unhappy.

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