Serbia rivals agree on government

The deal could put the country on the way to European Union membership.

    January's general election was inconclusive [AFP]

    "The first condition for that is the earliest possible creation of a stable government," the statement said.
     
    A senior political source told Reuters: "This serves only to set the scene for serious coalition talks. Both camps need more time to figure out their best options. The final talks will be held between Tadic and Kostunica themselves."
     
    Nationalist line
     
    The parties scheduled their next meeting for March 7, when they will discuss "the structure of the future coalition and principles of the government's composition".
     
    "Kostunica has not made up his mind yet on what he really wants - whether to remain prime minister and decisively deal with all the challenges," the senior political source said.
     
    Kostunica has taken a nationalist line in Serbia's dealings with the West, despite a freeze on talks imposed by the European Union last May for Serbia's failure to hand over Ratko Mladic, the top war crimes fugitive  and the former Bosnian Serb commander.
     
    Kostunica has in recent months established himself as champion of a bi-partisan political front which rejects the Western-backed plan to give independence to the Albanian-dominated breakaway province of Kosovo, excising the territory from Serbia.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.