BRUSSELS – Trials of war crimes and full cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) are significant requirements in Serbia’s EU accession process and are also crucial for regional cooperation and reconciliation, European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said on Thursday.

In light of this, we expect Serbia to quickly take all the necessary steps to ensure full cooperation with the Tribunal, Kocijancic noted at a press conference in Brussels.

Kocijancic said this in response to a question whether a negative ICTY report to the UN Security Council on the cooperation with Serbia will affect the opening of negotiation chapters 23 and 24 in Serbia’s EU accession talks, slated for June.

The preparations for the opening of chapters 23 and 24, which are also related to other matters, are currently under way and I do not want to speculate on that now, but I stress that full cooperation with the ICTY remains an obligation for Serbia, Kocijancic said.