Jutarnji List: Croatia’s relations with Serbia put on ice indefinitely

Due to the statement of Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic that “Hitler wanted a world without Jews, and Croatia wanted Croatia without Serbs”, Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic has decided to cancel her official visit to Serbia as it was announced earlier – the Croatian daily, Jutarnji List reports.

Vucic made his comment at an anniversary commemoration for the Serb victims of Croatia’s victorious 1995 Operation Storm, which led to an exodus of Serbs from Croatia. “Hitler wanted a world free of Jews and Croatia wanted a country free of Serbs,” he said at the commemoration in the town of Backa Palanka on Saturday evening.

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Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic described Vucic’s statement as an exaggeration, saying that “when it comes to the statement and the allegations concerning the Holocaust comparisons, that’s too much”.

Plenkovic also confirmed that Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will probably not make an expected visit to Serbia.

But Vucic on Tuesday insisted that Croatian politicians that will be welcome in Serbia whenever they want to come.

Jutarnji List further reminds of the recent bilateral meetings and Vucic’s invitation for his Croatian counterpart to visit Serbia, with the remark that “now, obviously, this visit is out of question.”

The daily also underlines that “there are problems between the two governments because, in April of this year, the Serbian government declared the Croatian Defense Minister, Damir Krsticevic a persona non grata in Serbia, with Croatia reciprocating and banning the Serbian Defense Minister, Aleksandar Vulin from visiting Croatia.”

(Danas, Balkan Insight, 07.08.2018)


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