Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,on the decision to open accession negotiations with Serbia and to authorize the opening of negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo

July 2, 2013
Japanese

    1. Japan welcomes the decision made by the European Council on 28 June in Brussels to open accession negotiations with Serbia and to authorize the opening of negotiations on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo.
    2. Japan believes this decision will contribute not only to further stability and economic development in the Western Balkans but also to stability and prosperity in Europe as a whole.
    3. Japan would like to continue its support to the efforts by Serbia and Kosovo to normalize their relations.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.