Saturday, 25 September 2021

Milanović: My Words Will Be Superfluous When Croats Are Equal People in Bosnia

ZAGREB, 25 Sept, 2021 - President Zoran Milanović said on Saturday his statements like the one that he was also the president of Croats not living in Croatia would be "completely or somewhat superfluous" once Croats were able to elect their representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina on their own.

"It's a difficult situation when I have to say that I'm also the president of Croats not living in Croatia, who have the right to vote because they are Croatian citizens. And not just Croats. There are Bosniaks and Serbs in BiH who also have Croatian citizenship. Perhaps they vote, perhaps they don't. When Croats are able to elect their representative in Sarajevo on their own, equally as the other two constituent peoples, then those words of mine will be completely or somewhat superfluous," Milanović told the press in Varaždin.

He was responding to BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić, who said on Thursday that by saying that he was also the president of all Croatian citizens in BiH while Komšić was not, Milanović had surpassed even Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić.

"If you want to chase Croats out of BiH or alienate them from BiH, then you'll deprive them of those fundamental constitutional rights, while simultaneously accusing those who only fight for basic house rules of being destroyers and comparing them with warmongers," Milanović said, adding that "the more Croats insist on that right, the more, more than before, they care about staying there."

Insults from Serbia

Responding to Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin's statement earlier this week that Milanović was "one of the stupider Croatian politicians," Milanović said he did not have "my own loudmouths and rabble-rousers who will roundly insult Vučić."

"I'll say some things that are not pleasant in my own words, from my own mouth," he said, wondering "what would happen if I was the smartest" politician in Croatia.

Milanović added that while he did say earlier this week that Vučić was proud of having been a warmonger in the 1990s, he did not call anyone a Chetnik. "I draw the line at such things."

No difference between Scholtz and Laschet

Commenting on Sunday's German election for Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor, he said "nothing will change," whether it was Social Democrat Olaf Scholz or Christian Democrat Armin Laschet.

"It will be the same policy, the same course. More or less the same people will probably stay in foreign affairs as well," he said, adding that "it almost makes no difference, both for Croatia and Europe," who the new German chancellor is.

"They are moderate people... One should expect the continuity of the German policy. The big parties have weakened. A two-party coalition is hardly possible," he said.

No communication on ambassadorial appointments for weeks

Commenting on relations between his office and the government concerning the appointment of ambassadors, Milanović said Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman had begun talks with the head of his office but they stopped.

"Evidently at the same time as the finale of this story with the appointment of the Supreme Court president... Whether there is a causal connection, whether one has been made conditional on the other, I can't claim that."

He said there had been no communication on the appointment of ambassadors, consuls general and consuls for weeks. "Not because of my side. The head of my office is ready to resume those talks today... That's not my decision, but I'm sure it's not Minister Grlić Radman's decision either."

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Serbia Protests against Croats and Albanians Being "Brothers in Arms"

ZAGREB, July 21, 2018 - Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin, commenting on the statement made this week by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović about Croats and Albanians, told the press in Belgrade on Saturday he regretted that Croatian politicians were "unable to get rid of their complex towards Serbia and Serbs".

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Serbian Minister: At Bleiburg, “Croatia Has Chosen Which Side It Is On”

ZAGREB, May 13, 2018 - Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin on Saturday evening commented on the commemoration in Bleiburg, saying that "Croatia has once again chosen which side it is on", the media in Belgrade reported.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Will Croatia Continue Diplomatic War with Serbia?

Part of the government demands a tougher response to Serbia for banning Croatian Defence Minister Krstičević, while the president reportedly wants to calm tensions.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Serbia to Reciprocate Croatia's Ban on Serbian Minister

ZAGREB, April 23, 2018 - Serbia will respond in kind, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučuć said on Monday in a comment on Croatia's decision to ban Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin from attending a commemoration held this past Sunday at Jasenovac, Croatia, for the victims of the concentration camp that operated there in World War II.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Former Swedish Prime Minister, Serbian War Criminal – Just Some of People Banned to Enter Croatia

Who has been declared “persona non grata” by Croatia in recent decades?

Monday, 23 April 2018

Croatian Ministers Explain Decision to Ban Serbian Minister Vulin

ZAGREB, April 23, 2018 - Croatia's government would like to see improvement in the bilateral relations with Serbia, however, statements made by Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin do not contribute to such developments, Croatian Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić said on Sunday.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Croatia Trying to Calm Tensions with Serbia

ZAGREB, April 22, 2018 - Croatia wants cooperation with Serbia and it has reached out, but messages such as those by Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin are harming bilateral relations, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Vulin Calls Croatia’s Ban a “Provocation”

ZAGREB, April 22, 2018 - Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Sunday that the Croatian Foreign Ministry's decision to ban him from entering Croatia was an act of provocation and an attempt to silence "someone who speaks the truth about Jasenovac," announcing Serbia's resolute reaction, according to the Belgrade media.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Croatia Officially Says Serbia’s Defence Minister Not Welcome

ZAGREB, April 22, 2018 - Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin, who has announced his possible arrival in Jasenovac for Sunday, is not welcome in Croatia for the time being, the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs said in a press release on Saturday evening.