Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion speaks at the UN headquarters in New York on March 16, 2016. (Photo: Jason Szenes/EPA via CP)
'We wish to have better relations with Canada'"Serbia will certainly support it, support their candidacy," Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in an interview Tuesday during his first visit to Canada.
Serbian foreign minister wants to move beyond pastDacic was a on a two-day trip to Canada, where he had meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and Immigration Minister John McCallum. The minister, who spoke through a translator, said Serbia wanted to move on from its troubled past and has no hard feelings against Canada, which went to war against his country alongside NATO allies in 1999. Canada joined the 78-day NATO bombardment of Serbia to support persecuted ethnic Albanians in the province of Kosovo, which has since formed its own country. Canadian CF-18 jet fighters dropped 10 per cent of the NATO bombs that pounded Serbia, including its capital, Belgrade. "It's obvious that many countries participated in the bombing of Serbia, but we cannot live just remembering the past," said Dacic. "We have to try to find the common interest.
Find new friends'"The administration in Canada changed and everywhere in the world. We have to work with these new people, to find new friends." Dacic also pushed for Canada to lift a visa requirement for Serbian travellers, an irritant in Canada's relations with the EU members Bulgaria and Romania as well. He said the two countries also finalized an air travel agreement that will pave the way for direct flights between Canada and Belgrade.
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