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Serbian, Ukrainian Premiers Say They May Resolve WTO Differences

November 04, 2011

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine and Serbia hope to reach a trade accord necessary for Serbia’s entry into the World Trade Organization after President Boris Tadic’s upcoming visit to Kiev, prime ministers from both countries said.

“I think that the chances are good we’ll find a solution to that issue in the shortest possible time,” Premier Mykola Azarov said after attending a regional conference with his Serbian counterpart, Mirko Cvetkovic, in Belgrade today. He said an arrangement may be concluded during Tadic’s visit to Ukraine on Nov. 10.

“There are some sensitive commodities we need to agree on, but we agreed to speed up talks,” Cvetkovic said, without elaborating.

Serbia has concluded most bilateral arrangements needed for its WTO membership and a lack of an agreement with Ukraine remains the main hurdle. The Balkan country hopes to join the global organization by the end of the year.

--Editors: Douglas Lytle, James M. Gomez

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