Tension Surrounds Serbian President’s Croatian Trip

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has announced that a planned two-day visit to Croatia will go ahead on Monday and Tuesday – despite contined acrimony between the two countries, and after Serbia’s Defence Minister claimed he could even be killed there.

Although Vucic himself offered last week to put “a six-month moratorium on issues between Serbia and Croatia from the past”, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin on February 8 said he did not believe he should go there at all.

“Our President is going where Ustasa [Croatian Fascists] will welcome him in squares, and will try to get him, like they tried to kill him in Srebrenica [in Bosnia]. I don’t think Vucic should go to Croatia,” Vulin said, according to Srna news agency.

During his visit to Srebrenica in July 2015, Vucic was pelted with stones at the 20th anniversary of the Bosnian Serb massacre in the eastern Bosnian town, which international courts have termed genocide. Although widely condemned, the attack never ended as a court case.

The announced meeting will be the first official meeting of the Serbian and Croatian presidents since 2013, when Serbia’s then President, Tomislav Nikolic, met Croatia’s Ivo Josipovic in Belgrade.

“I am convinced that Croats and Serbs …  can and want to find a way that will finally lead us into a better future,” the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic said on January 30, according to Jutarnji list, a Croatian daily.


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