Serbia will not be able to join the European Union without changing its law on regional jurisdiction over war crimes, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac reiterated on Thursday, commenting on the statement by Serbian war crimes prosecutor Milan Petrovic that Serbia would not scrap that law.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Free Europe on Thursday, Petrovic said that Serbia would not repeal the law and would continue to apply it, adding that there were war crimes cases involving Croatian citizens, including war veterans, as suspects.
"I do not understand such statements and I do not know why they are being made," Kovac said in a comment on Petrovic's statement, adding that "the criteria and standards are clear" and that he was confident that they would be met.
Kovac is travelling to Serbia on Friday as the Croatian president's envoy to attend the 26th anniversary since the founding of the Democratic League of Croats in Vojvodina (DSHV), where he is due to meet with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
"I will make it clear to Mr Dacic that we want a European future, so standards must also be European. That means that Serbia will not be able to have such a law on war crimes," Kovac said.
"It will be my pleasure to express my support for the Croats in Vojvodina, who can finally enjoy all their minority rights and have a guaranteed seat in the National Assembly," Kovac said.