Exactly three years after their last meeting in Zagreb, Aleksandar Vucic and Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic will meet again today in the Croatian capital.
On 15th February, 2015, the Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic met Vucic, then Serbian Prime Minister, at her inauguration as the newly elected president. In the past few years the relations between the two countries have had some bright moments with both Vucic and Grabar Kitarovic working on improving them. However, they have been mutual accusations too.
Prior to leaving for Croatia, Vucic said he was going to meet with the Croatian President with an intention of doing something for the future together.
“Peace and stability is my key message, but Serbia will not play weak in order to satisfy someone else”, Vucic added. The two officials are scheduled to discuss ongoing bilateral issues, border problems, missing persons, the treatment of Serbs in Croatia and Croats in Serbia, and boosting of economic relations.
In the past few days, some Croatian officials have been hinting that they expected Vucic to apologize when he comes to Zagreb. In reply, the Serbian President said that he did not respond well to coercion, especially when it came to apologizing. Vucic also does not see what effect is such apology going to have. Instead, he wants the two sides to see what they can do for the Serbian minority in Croatia and the Croatian minority in Serbia.
When asked by the press whether war indemnity would be one of the topics discussed, which is something that Croatian PM Plenkovic insists on, Vucic said that there were no taboo topics on the Serbian side, adding that PM Plenkovic would be given an appropriate answer regarding the indemnity issue.
Ever since the Croatian President invited her Serbian counterpart to come to Zagreb, passions have been running high in Croatia. The Serbian president said that he was not too bothered about people campaigning against him coming to Croatia, adding that his job implied not to take the protests personally but rather to work in line with the best interests of Serbia and its citizens.
Several hundred people from all segments of the Croatian state security system, from the police in uniform to those in civilian clothes, including the Croatian Security Intelligence Agency (SOA) and the Military Security Intelligence Agency (VSOA), have been involved in making sure that Vucic’s visit to Zagreb goes problem-free. The sniper teams from the Lucko Anti-Terrorist Unit will also be on standby. Vucic will also be accompanied by intervention units, dozens of detectives and secret agents in civilian clothes.
Photo: Tanjug / Dimitrije Goll
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