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Commenting on the arrest of an alleged Croatian spy in Belgrade, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Saturday that it was "one in a number of unusual cases that have been happening lately in the Croatian and Serbian media arenas."

He noted that he had no detailed information about the case but believed that all relevant institutions should investigate the matter to determine who the person in question was and if he had had any contacts with any of the Croatian services.

"And if he did not, which is what the Prime Minister said today, we should see together with the Serbian authorities what this is about and why the case is being linked to Croatia."

Plenkovic said that tensions should be defused because "we have a number of outstanding issues with Serbia and they all date back to the time of Milosevic's Great Serbian aggression."

"We have to deal with those issues, we primarily have to ensure the legal security and dignity of our defenders, and we have to ensure the mutual protection of minorities. I believe that Croatia has reaffirmed its international position because we are an EU and NATO member. On its way to the EU, Serbia still has a large distance to cover in order to achieve our democratic standards in a number of sectors and legal security standards. That journey won't be either easy or simple. We know what our national interests are in that process and the HDZ-led government will know how to protect them," said Plenkovic.

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