“Serbia’s president called on western Balkan countries to settle their differences and create a common market to attract badly needed foreign investment. Armed conflict in the Balkans ended more than 18 years ago, but five of the states that emerged after the former Yugoslavia broke up – Bosnia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia – still have border disputes to settle.

All five, along with Albania, hope to join the European Union, which has called on them to settle their disputes before they join, but little progress has been made.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told a business fair in the Bosnian town of Mostar the six need to work more closely to create a better investment climate. ‘Split into small states and even smaller markets, we have nothing to look and hope for. Our only chance to catch up with the rest of the world is in creating a much bigger market in the future,’ Vucic said.” (Reuters)