Croatian Serb leader and an MP of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, has told Vojvodina Television (RTV) that "he cannot imagine that Belgrade could have good relations with this type of policy from Zagreb," assessing that relations between the Croatian and Serbian governments could be good if it were not for events targeted against Serbs.
In an interview aired by TV Vojvodina on Friday, Pupovac said that opportunities for the SDSS's communication and cooperation with parties that constitute the Croatian government would be narrowed if the "situation in Croatia continues to foment a certain type of chaos, triggered off by a direct extremist right-wing climate."
"It is difficult to imagine that Belgrade could have good relations with Zagreb's policy that would contain elements that are now present, with those who are seeking a register of traitors, aggressors, organising pro-Fascist rallies in the city centre and relegated reputable Serbs and those who are perceived to be connected with Serbs," Pupovac said, ahead of separate meetings on Friday with Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Foreign Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic.
Pupovac described the meetings as "regular meetings to exchange opinions on political circumstances and the status of Serbs in Croatia."
The Serb community in Croatia, as he said, is interested in institutional cooperation with the Serbian government relating to issues of development, returns, property, pensions, the Vojvodina TV reported.
Pupovac assessed that President Tomislav Nikolic's planned visit to Croatia would be the "first step of which we can expect some positive results."
Commenting on the current situation on the Croatian political scene, Pupovac said that Croatia is continuing to rewrite history and that the new Minister of Culture, historian Zlatko Hasanbegovic, who is also the president of the Supervisory Committee of the pro-Ustashi honorary Bleiburg platoon, is just very open about everything he is saying in public and what he is saying is supported by a not so insignificant number of individuals and groups in Croatia.
Explaining his earlier statement that because of Hasanbegovic's statements "Tudjman is turning in his grave," Pupovac said that regardless of his opinion of the former Croatian president, Franjo Tudjman, he would "never have allowed the clericalisation of politics in Croatia nor allow Ustasha elements to enter into the mainstream of Croatian political life."
According to Pupovac, fear has been growing among Serbs in Croatia, assessing that this is the first time for a Croatia government to consist of people "connected to pro-Ustashi movements who negate anti-Fascism and human rights," and that he was afraid that things would get out of control, which he believes is happening.