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Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic said on his Facebook page on Monday that his party's main committee had sent a clear message that "does not offend or try to eliminate anyone either physically or politically, but rather conveys a wish to continue with negotiations and constitute the parliament."

"The SDP main committee has sent out a very clear message that does not offend or try to eliminate anyone either physically or politically, but rather conveys a wish to continue with negotiations and constitute the parliament. That's how a mature and strong party behaves. It's the strongest and most mature party at the moment and it wants to give its contribution. I have received once again support to form a government. This support goes beyond the SDP and for now it is relatively the biggest and strongest support..." Milanovic said on his Facebook account.

By posting this message, Milanovic repeated the statement he gave on Saturday after a session of the SDP main committee, namely that he had heard a media report of an attempted murder of a member of the Bridge reformist party.

The secretary-general of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Milijan Brkic, commented on Milanovic's statement on his Facebook page on Sunday, saying that by speaking about attempts to kill Bridge members, Milanovic was actually trying to divert public attention from real problems in the SDP.

Brkic said that in a law-based state Milanovic's unsubstantiated claims would lead to his disqualification in the public and his party, adding that Milanovic was spreading lies.

Bridge spokesman Nikola Grmoja last week spoke up about attempts on the lives of Bridge members. "We have had such experiences at the local level, there have been threats, murder attempts, a physical assault on (Bridge leader) Mr (Bozo) Petrov, and there was an attempt to run over Omis Mayor (and Bridge member) Ivan Kovacic," Grmoja said in a Croatian Television political programme on Thursday.

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