[QODLink]
Europe
EU calls for 'democratic' Serbia
Javier Solana denies the EU has failed to defeat nationalist sentiment there.
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2007 11:50 GMT
Solana denied that the Radical party's success was a failure of Western policies [AFP]

The European Union's foreign policy chief has said he stills hopes for a "pro-European and democratic government" in Serbia after the success of the ultra-nationalist Radical party in elections on Sunday.
 
Javier Solana said he hoped "very much there will be a speedy formation of a government that will be on the line of pro-European forces".
"The majority voted for forces that are democratic and pro-European," Solana said as he arrived for a meeting of EU foreign ministers to discuss the 27-member bloc's strategy towards Belgrade in the light of the vote.
The hardline Radical party attracted the most support in the election, achieving 28 per cent of the vote.
 
But it is unclear whether it can form a government and the party's deputy leader, Tomislav Nikolic, says he does not expect to be invited to form the next government.
 
Nikolic said he expected the Serbian president, Boris Tadic, "will not give us the mandate".
 
"Tadic already said last night that he would not respect the democratic principle and he would not give a mandate to the Serbian Radical Party," Nikolic said.
 
He said the pro-Western parties would have a hard time forming a coalition and forecast that it would be shortlived and that more elections would be held before the end of the year.
 
Western appeals
 
Solana denied that the vote demonstrated the failure of Western efforts to quell nationalist feelings in Serbia.
 
The West told Serbs before the election that they should turn their backs on nationalism if they hoped to join the EU and Nato.
 
But many Serbs appeared to have ignored those appeals.
 
Tadic, the West's great hope, led his opposition Democratic party to about 23 per cent of the vote, well behind the Radical party.
 
The EU froze a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) with Belgrade in May over its failure to surrender Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army chief, who was believed to be hiding in Serbia.
 
He is wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for war crimes in the conflict in Bosnia in the mid-1990s.
 
Vojislav Seselj, the Radical party's official leader, remains on trial at the tribunal in the Hague.
Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Featured
Long-standing dispute over Christian use of the word 'Allah' raises concerns about a very un-Merry Christmas.
The threat posed by ISIL has prompted thousands of young Kurds to join the PKK.
Baja California - with its own grim history of disappeared people - finds a voice in the fight against violence.
Russian feminist rockers fight system holding 700,000 - the world's largest per capita prison population after the US.
Weeks of growing protests against Muslims continue in Dresden with 15,000 hitting the streets last Monday.