Vucic convinced Serbian and Croatian officials do not want new conflicts

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Subotica on Wednesday that, after meeting with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday, he was convinced that officials in Serbia and Croatia did not want new conflicts, underscoring that the talks were "good and open" albeit not easy and that mutual agreement existed over the importance of peace and stability in the region.

Yesterday's talks with Croatia's president were "good and open, sincere on both sides albeit not easy," Serbia's prime minister told the Tanjug news agency.

Answering reporters' questions, Vucic expressed confidence that neither Serbian  or Croatian officials wanted new conflicts. "Nobody on the Serbian side wants new conflicts and I'm confident that that is so on the Croatian side, too - neither Grabar-Kitarovic nor Oreskovic nor Karamarko want new conflicts," he said.

"Grabar-Kitarovic presented Croatia's arguments, I (presented) Serbia's. It is very important though that we understood each other well that it is important to maintain stability and peace in the region and that we look to the future. That we try not to forget the past but to turn to the past less frequently," Vucic said after visiting a factory in the northern Serbian town of Subotica together with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

"We didn't agree on everything," he said, adding that he considered this to be natural and normal.

Vucic said that commemorating the victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp "is not easy either for the Serbian or for the Croatian side, however, it most certainly must not become a new point of discord with Croatia."

Serbia cannot progress if it enters into conflicts because only friendship and good relations can help open new factories.

Vucic and Grabar-Kitarovic met briefly on Tuesday on the margins of the International Economic Fair Mostar 2016.

Last update: Sat, 09/07/2016 - 16:12

More from Balkan

Bulgarian cargo train explosion kills five, injures 29

Five people died and 29 were injured in Bulgaria on Saturday when a freight train hauling gas tanks derailed and...

Mladic's defence claims he is innocent

The defence for former Bosnian Serb war-time commander Ratko Mladic said on Friday in a closing statement before the...

Bosnian Croat military police officer gets 10 years in jail for war crimes in Orasje

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has sentenced, pending appeal, a former commander of the Military Police of the...

Bosnian businesses expand halal production, eye exports

 Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the...

Greek court blocks extradition of a further two Turkish soldiers

The legal tug-of-war regarding the extradition of eight Turkish soldiers from Greece continues.