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Serbia and Croatia reached an agreement in Paris to continue resolving bilateral issues, looking for common interests, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in Belgrade on Thursday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the EU Rapporteur for Serbia, David McAllister, Dacic confirmed that on Friday he would meet with his Croatian counterpart Miro Kovac, who is going to Subotica to attend the anniversary of the establishment of the Democratic Alliance of Croats of Vojvodina (DSHV).

Estimating that "various threats were meaningless," about either side setting conditions, Dacic said that there were no problems ahead of the opening of chapters for Serbia's European Union negotiations, on July 18 in Brussels.

"An inter-governmental conference is scheduled for 18 July in Brussels, the Prime Minister (Aleskandar Vucic) will probably head Serbia's delegation and there are no problems there - the chapters will be opened," Dacic said.

"Our interest is to try and live for the future, because it is not possible to live off the past," he said.

McAllister described the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 as a huge step forward and added that the Serbian team of negotiators had done a great job and that they deserved the chapters to be opened.

McAllister was quoted by Belgrade media as saying that he understands why Croatia has special concerns, however, the opening of chapters requires the consent of all EU member states, and sometimes that  takes a little more time than expected, but that he is convinced that after it opens chapters 23 and 24, Serbia will continue to open other chapters too.

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