HDZ chief urges Serbia to considerately comment on EU membership talks

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic on Friday called on Serbia's government, war crimes prosecutor and other stakeholders to make considerate comments on the process of negotiations with the EU and on Croatia-sponsored proposals added to the EU's negotiating position.

As for the opening of policy chapters 23 and 24 in Serbia's EU membership talks, Plenkovic told the press outside the HDZ headquarters that his party took care of the protection of the rights of Croatian Homeland War veterans and of Croatia's interests in foreign affairs.

He explained that at the urging of the current Croatian government and diplomats, many elements in connection with Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) were incorporated.

This primarily refers to the protection of ethnic Croats in Serbia and assurances that local Croats will have a guaranteed seat in the Serbian parliament. The issue of the destiny of missing people is of extreme importance as well as the possibility for compensation to war victims, he said.

"Also, there is the issue of Serbia's full cooperation with the Hague tribunal and the most sensitive issue of avoiding a clash of jurisdiction regarding the Serbian law that imposed a sort of hybrid regional jurisdiction whereby Serbia enlarged its jurisdiction to cover persons and the territory of all other countries in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, including Croatia, an EU member state and a victim of the aggression of the Greater Serbian regime led by (Slobodan) Milosevic," Plenkovic said in an attempt to dispel fears of Croatian war veterans regarding how this negotiating process is unfolding.

He reassured veterans that the current government had done its best to protect Croatia's national interests and the security of war veterans and that they should not be afraid of secret indictments against them in Serbia.

Last update: Fri, 22/07/2016 - 19:59

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