Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Tuesday said that as far as he was aware, his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic is coming to the Dubrovnik Forum 2016, adding however that that was not definite yet.
"As far as I know, Vucic is coming, but that isn't definite yet, considering that the format of the summit has changed," Oreskovic told reporters after meeting with cattle breeders.
"This time the forum will not be of prime ministers but a ministerial forum which is going to be headed by (Deputy Prime Minister) Bozo Petrov. Naturally, I will be there but we don't know whether that level will suit others," Oreskovic said.
Relations between Croatia and Serbia have been at a very low level over the past few weeks, marked with an exchange of diplomatic notes, inflammatory rhetoric and mutual accusations, threats and acts of provocation. This has escalated over the past few days in the wake of Vucic's sharp rhetoric at a memorial for victims of the WWII Ustasha Jasenovac concentration camp on Friday, when he claimed that Croatia was reviving Ustasha sentiment.
Oreskovic said that it was sad that certain tensions existed between Croatia and Serbia, but that Croatia will stand its ground.
Leader of the Croatian Democratic Party of Slavonia and Baranja Dragan Vulin on Tuesday called on Oreskovic and the state leadership to promptly withdraw Vucic's invitation to attend the Croatia Forum in Dubrovnik because of his latest statements about Croatia and to declare him persona non grata as well as to recall Croatia's ambassador in Belgrade and to break off diplomatic relations with Serbia.