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The leader of the Bridge (Most) party, Bozo Petrov
Photograph: HINA/ Milan ŠABIĆ/ mš

The leader of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, on Wednesday commented on the current tensions in Croatian-Serbian relations, describing protest notes and statements coming from Serbia as "a circus" and noting that Serbia should ask itself what it has done.

"I think that Serbia should ask itself what it did and where, accept the past as it really was and move towards a better future, towards a more normal relationship with neighbouring countries, marked by tolerance rather than pretension," Petrov said while answering reporters' questions during a visit to Split, where he presented Bridge's candidates running in the September 11 early parliamentary election.

Asked about Bridge's position on abortion and the Life Partnership Act, Petrov said every person was entitled to their own opinion on the matter.

"Bridge's position is that anyone who is part of its platform has the right to their own opinion and when those laws and regulations are voted on, they will be able to state their own position," he said.

Petrov also said that standards set by his party in the last eight months were finally yielding results, one being that "there is no more talk of Ustashas and Partisans" but rather of economic development.

"Finally these elections will not be marked by worldview and ideological topics, but by platforms, and I'm glad that the HDZ and the SDP have finally accepted the programme Bridge offered eight months ago," Petrov said among other things.

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