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Merkel: Peace in the Balkans – very fragile (RTK)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her address at the German Catholic Convention in the city of Münster, also talked about her impressions from recent meetings with leaders of the Western Balkans, the news website reports. Merkel said the Western Balkans remains one of the duties of German foreign policy. “After the end of the Cold War, we believed that the time of great political conflicts was over. But it was not long before we found out that this is not true and the wars in the Western Balkans were example of this … To this day, Western Balkans is one of the duties of our foreign policy – certainly you need to negotiate first with the surrounding environment. I spent a lot of time this week on this topic – to secure order and peace there. Peace is very fragile. If you look at Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Even the dispute over the name in Macedonia, border disputes, even Slovenia and Croatia are still talking about their borders,” she said. Merkel said Germany and other Western countries must be determined in helping resolve these disputes. “We need to resolve all of them, so that there is no tension that can erupt at any point,” she added.

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