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Visa denial to Serbs has created ‘negative picture of Canada’ says Serbian foreign minister

By Christopher Guly      

Too many Serbs are being wrongly caught up in a visa rule intended to keep human rights abusers out of Canada, says Ivica Dačić.

Ivica Dačić, Serbia's foreign minister, met with Canada's foreign and immigration ministers in Ottawa last week to try to strengthen ties between the two countries. The Hill Times photograph by Christopher Guly

By backing Canada’s bid to secure a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council, and finalizing a bilateral travel agreement to establish a direct air link between Toronto and Belgrade, Serbia views itself as extending a hand in friendship toward Canada. But now Serbia would like to see some reciprocity, as the country’s foreign minister made clear during a visit to Ottawa last week. The Balkan country, which Canada bombed in 1999 during the NATO mission in

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