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Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miro Kovac and Slovakian Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak (not pictured) hold a press conference after their meeting in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bratislava, Slovakia, 29 April 2016.
Photograph: EPA/JAKUB GAVLAK

Croatia has succeeded in having its interests represented in the negotiating process for Serbia's EU membership and it can be satisfied with that, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac in the caretaker government said in an interview with the commercial TV station RTL on Wednesday.

He said that Croatia had managed to incorporate in the EU's negotiating position Serbia's full cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; protection of the Croat minority in Serbia; and the Serbian judiciary's not having jurisdiction over Croatia with regard to the prosecution of war crimes.

"Serbia will have to avoid disputes of jurisdiction, namely its law on war crimes will not apply to Croatia," Kovac said, adding that it was now up to Serbia to meet the said criteria if it wanted to join the EU.

Serbia will also have to ensure discrimination-free access to the judiciary and justice for war victims, cooperate in the search for missing persons and enforce its legal regulations on the protection of the Croat minority, Kovac said.

"We must be satisfied. Six months ago we did not have anything. This is the result of this government and this foreign ministry," he concluded.

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