Britain's Prince Charles has called for reconciliation in the postwar Balkans, urging the region's many nations to work for peace and not become prisoners of their turbulent history.

Charles said Thursday that while peace and stability have returned to the Balkans after the 1990s' ethnic wars, more needs to be done in order to preserve the momentum of peace.

Speaking in the Serbian capital on St. Patrick's Day, Charles has evoked the 1979 death of his uncle Lord Mountbatten, who was killed in a bombing in Ireland, saying he has "at least some understanding, through my own experience, of the heart-rending anguish" felt by many in the region.

But, he adds, "only reconciliation offers the assurance that our children and grandchildren will not suffer the same agonies as our generation."