Clinton, EU diplomats on joint tour of Balkans

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves on arrival at Sarajevo Airport, Bosnia Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Clinton left Algeria for three days of talks in the Balkans, arriving Monday night in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. She plans to join the European Union's top diplomat in meetings with the leaders of Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, urging those nations to make the necessary reforms to join the EU and NATO. She'll finish with meetings in Croatia and Albania, NATO's two newest members. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) — The top American and European diplomats are on a joint diplomatic tour of the Balkans, urging rival ethnic groups and governments in Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo to settle their differences for the good of their nations.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was talking Tuesday with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. They are then meeting together with Bosnia's three presidents before traveling to Belgrade for similar talks with Serbian leaders. Clinton and Ashton will see Kosovo's leaders on Wednesday.

Clinton and Ashton are expected to support each Balkan nation's efforts to join the EU and NATO.

But they will demand reforms on market and democratic issues as well as the rule of law and greater respect for minorities.

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