Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Saturday that she had no information that would indicate that the man arrested in Serbia on suspicion of espionage was connected with any of the Croatian services, describing as "odd" Serbia's behaviour as well as the publication of information about the arrest in the Serbian media and the comment of the Serbian prosecutorial authorities on the case.
"We do not have any information that the arrested person is connected with any of the Croatian services. I can only say that this is very unusual behaviour on Serbia's part. Tensions should really be defused because, if the person in question were connected with our intelligence community, that should be communicated primarily through diplomatic and other relevant services, but making the case public this way is very unusual," Grabar-Kitarovic said in Lukezi, inland from the northern Adriatic city of Rijeka, at a meeting with Croatian veterans and their families.
"I hope that after the election campaign and parliamentary elections in Croatia we will sit down and discuss those aspects because we really have to live close to one another and eventually resolve outstanding issues from the Homeland War and aggression on Croatia, namely the issue of missing persons and (war crimes) indictments, so that people can live peacefully and we can build the future," said Grabar-Kitarovic.
The prosecutorial authorities in Belgrade said on Friday that the security-intelligence agency BIA had arrested a man, holding both Croatian and Serbian citizenship, on suspicion of espionage.
The Belgrade media speculate that the man is a Serb, a former member of the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) who has worked for Croatian intelligence services.
The prosecutorial authorities said that the man had lived and worked in Croatia until 1990 and that later his residence was in Serbia, as well as that he held both Croatian and Serbian citizenship.
Attending the meeting with war veterans in Lukezi was also Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved, who said that the single law regulating all of war veterans' rights his ministry had been working on would be ready for a public debate before the September 11 election.