The Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Gordan Grlić Radman, stated today that the victory of Aleksandar Vučić in the elections in Serbia is expected, but not in such a percentage, and assessed that the relations between the two countries are not satisfactory.
Speaking to reporters after a trilateral ministerial meeting between Croatia, Italy and Slovenia at the Luznica Castle in Zapresic, Grlic Radman expressed hope that there would be “will” to resolve all outstanding issues between Belgrade and Zagreb.
As the main issue that burdens Croatian-Serbian relations, Radman mentioned the issue of 1,858 people missing from the war in the 1990s, the Hina agency reported.
He welcomed the entry of Tomislav Zigmanov into the Serbian Parliament and warned that Belgrade still did not fulfill the provisions of the 2005 agreement on mutual protection of national minorities. Croatia, he added, has three guaranteed seats in the parliament for Serb representatives.
“We are glad that the representative of the Croatian minority, who did not appear as an independent party Democratic Alliance of Croats in Vojvodina but in the coalition Together for Vojvodina, managed to bring a mandate and we have Croats in the National Assembly,” said Grlić Radman.
In a joint statement today, the foreign ministers of Croatia, Slovenia and Italy condemned Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and warned that any spillover of the war from Ukraine to the Western Balkans should be prevented.