Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Tuesday that current ideological debates in Croatian society were the result of the Social Democratic Party (SDP)-led coalition government's decisions such as the revocation of the Croatian Sabor's sponsorship of the commemoration of the Bleiburg atrocities.
Secondly, the adoption of the law dubbed Lex Perkovic sent a "very poor message" and we staged a walkout in the Sabor which is why lawmakers did not adopt a declaration on Croatia's membership to the European Union, which resulted in damage to Croatia's international position, Plenkovic said.
Everything else that followed is consequential to those two moves and I, as the new leader of the HDZ, turned to the future, want these topics to find their place in such a way that will contribute to the truth and reconciliation in Croatian society, Plenkovic said in parliament after a commemoration observing the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism.
These topics are exceptionally important for all countries in one-time Eastern Europe to face up to the past, countries that didn't experience democracy in the wake of 1945.
It is important that society, political parties, the academic community and historians research these topics soberly and in detail to determine the truth and in that way we will be able to head into the future, he added.
Commenting on insulting comments by HDZ candidate Stevo Culej against ethnic Roma MP Veljko Kajtazi, Plenkovic said no inappropriate rhetoric will be tolerated and that an apology was due.