Travel Diary: En Route Sarajevo

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 12, 2010
Secretary Clinton Arrives Sarajevo

A senior State Department official held a background briefing en route Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Secretary Clinton is traveling to the Balkans and Brussels October 11-14.

After her visit to Sarajevo, the Secretary will travel to Belgrade, Serbia, where she will meet with Serbian leaders, including President Tadic, Prime Minister Mujezinovic, and Defense Minister Sutanovac. Secretary Clinton will also hold a civil society reception in the region.

The Secretary will also travel to Kosovo, where she will meet with the acting president, Prime Minister Thaci, and Foreign Minister Hyseni. Speaking to the current situation, the senior official said, "And as you all know, Serbia and Kosovo -- there was a UN General Assembly resolution last month calling on Serbia and Kosovo to begin a dialogue that would be facilitated by the European Union. And that's something the United States strongly supports. We want to see Serbia and Kosovo talking to each other. The United States strongly supports Kosovo's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we firmly believe that the talks between Serbia and Kosovo must not be about status or questioning Kosovo's independence or sovereignty, but like all neighbors, there is a range of practical issues that they need to talk to each other about.""And so we fully support this General Assembly resolution calling for this dialogue, and it will be an opportunity for the Secretary to speak to the leaders of both Serbia and Kosovo about how they can together move forward to deal with the practical issues between them and both continue on the path to integration in Euro-Atlantic relationships."

You can read the senior official's full remarks here.

You can follow the Secretary's travel here.



New Mexico, USA
October 12, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

One step at a time.

United States
October 13, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@ Eric,

Sometimes you do make me laugh.


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