Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Nikolic and Jahjaga at Bratislava summit

6/4/2013 7:18:00 PM

BELGRADE - The summit of heads of state and government in Central and Eastern Europe, which will take place June 12 and 13 in Bratislava, will be the first high-level meeting to be attended by both Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga, and participants will not display country flags or name plaques in accordance with the Gymnich formula. 

 The summit will bring together over 20 heads of state, who will be joined by European Council President Herman van Rompuy. Nikolic accepted an invitation to the summit from Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, the president's office said in a release. Lajcak, who met with Nikolic Tuesday, noted that although representatives of the interim institutions in Pristina will be in attendance, a flag or the name of the so-called Republic of Kosovo will not be displayed, but the names of the attendees, reads the release.

 In a statement for reporters in Belgrade, Lajcak specified that Kosovo's president will take part under the Gymnich formula, which has already been agreed and has been used before. Lajcak also said Slovakia's position on Kosovo's independence is well known and will not change. Jahjaga's participation at the summit was confirmed by her office two days ago. The Gymnich formula was also employed at the recent summit of foreign ministers of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Ohrid. Photo Tanjug

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