Croatian FM tells Serbian PM to present list of warrants against Croats

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac on Tuesday sent a message to Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic that if he decides to attend the Dubrovnik Forum later this week, he should by all means bring a list of warrants issued by Serbia against Croatian citizens for alleged war crimes.

We still don't know whether Vucic is coming to the Forum in Dubrovnik, Kovac told reporters in parliament after a memorial session marking Remembrance day for the victims of totalitarian regimes.

"If he decides to come, he should absolutely bring with him the list of those Croats, citizens of Croatia, suspected, charged or convicted in absentia and those for whom warrants have been issued. He needs to bring those lists with him and hand them over to Croatian authorities," Kovac said.

Asking whether Tihomir Oreskovic's invitation to Vucic to come to Dubrovnik was a good move, Kovac said, "Prime Minister Oreskovic invited him like he did many other prime ministers and he (Vucic) didn't respond until yesterday, two and a half weeks after the RSVP deadline."

Kovac added that Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic had also been invited to the forum yet he hasn't responded at all.

Relations between Croatia and Serbia have been at a very low level over the past few weeks, following an interchange of notes and rhetoric.

Vucic said on Monday night that he probably won't be attending the forum, adding that he didn't expect much to result from it.

"I haven't decided yet because I don't see that anything important can come of it. However, I'm always prepared for talks," he said.

Speaking about Remembrance day of all totalitarian regimes, Minister Kovac said that Croatia had no yet reached that level to fight against all totalitarianism and that that was an important step for Croatia to face up to its past because that is essential in order to turn to the future.

Last update: Tue, 23/08/2016 - 15:11

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