“The empowering of the NATO – Serbia relations is good for the Alliance, for Serbia and the region as a whole, NATO leaders have said in a joint statement in Brussels on Wednesday, the Beta news agency reported.

They ‘welcomed the constant progress in building up of NATO – Serbia partnership,’ the statement after the first day of the Alliance’s summit, said.

‘We reiterate the need of the continued progress in the European Union-mediated Belgrade – Pristina dialogue which should lead to an overall normalisation of relations including a legally binding agreement,’ NATO leaders said.

They added they encouraged both sides ‘to speed up the efforts to normalise relations and fully implement the agreed deals.’

‘We are entirely committed to the stability and security in the Western Balkans,’ the Alliances’ leaders said.” (N1)