Serbia needs Croatia as an ally on its European integration path

Serbia's membership of the EU is in Croatia's interest and Belgrade's journey towards membership is the only path on which the the countries can resolve their outstanding issues and work on the stabilisation of their relations, heard a round table debate on Croatia-Serbia bilateral relations, held in Belgrade on Thursday.

Croatian Ambassador to Serbia Gordan Markotic said cooperation was great in the area of European integration processes. He recalled that a total of 115 seminars had been organised and that Croatia was sharing its experience with Serbia on its path to European associations.

Markotic said that regarding Chapters 23 and 24, Croatia had actively negotiated with the European Commission to have some issues that are in Croatia's interests and are not bilateral but they are perceived as European standards, adopted at the coming intergovernmental conference.

The ambassador warned that the Croatian-Serbian border on the Danube River was among the outstanding issues that are categorised as political. He underscored that in case the two countries' legal experts fail to reach an agreement about, the International Court of Justice should get involved.

He also said that a declaration recently signed by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic represented great progress in the two countries' relations.

The declaration has detected the fundamental problems between the two countries and paved the way for their solving and now it needs to be carried out, the Belgrade media reported from the round table debate.

Commenting on a statement issued by the Serbian Special Prosecutor's Office for War Crimes that it would continue to prosecute Croatian war veterans following the law on universal jurisdiction which Croatia does not recognise, Markotic said it was important that prosecutor's offices of both countries cooperate and exchange evidence.

Last update: Fri, 15/07/2016 - 11:17

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