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The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has accepted an invitation from the Bridge (MOST) reformist party to meet with representatives of Bridge and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on Monday, HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Friday.

"We are meeting in the afternoon. I hope so, we haven't agreed on details yet. We'll be in touch by noon and then we will agree on (where and when we will meet)," Karamarko told the press when asked about details of his meeting with Bridge leader Bozo Petrov in Dalmatia later today.

Karamarko said that they would recap their talks so far and analyse Thursday's events in parliament, when elected MPs failed to appoint a new parliament speaker, which would mark the inauguration of the new parliament.

"This soap opera cannot last long. It's either a new election or an agreement. I think the citizens are finding it increasingly hard to tolerate all this," Karamarko said.

As regards Bridge's invitation to the two largest parties to meet on Monday, which the SDP has already accepted, Karamarko said he was sceptical of a tripartite government and its functioning, but stressed that he would attend the meeting. "I will do anything just to end this."

Asked if he was prepared to renounce the position of prime minister if so demanded by Petrov, Karamarko said that this depended on the course of the talks.

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