First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Tomislav Karamarko on Thursday wrote on his Facebook wall that due to the media lynch against his family and him personally he has decided to exclude himself from all decision-making processes relating to the INA oil company until the Conflict of Interest Commission adopts a decision on his request.
"Until now I advocated the withdrawal from arbitration procedures, by both the Croatian and the Hungarian side. In that way I wanted to put an end to the poor policies of the previous unsuccessful government and even more unsuccessful prime minister who with his policies managed to get Croatia into a dispute with everyone and brought us to the edge of international isolation," Karamarko claims.
He warned that in case of an unfavourable arbitration outcome, Croatia would face damages amounting to billions of kuna. He added that the amount of legal fees Croatia was paying in these proceedings was not insignificant either.