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Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac
Photograph: HINA/ Damir SENČAR/ ds

Croatia and Serbia are prepared to resolve all outstanding issues on a bilateral level and within the framework of Serbia's European negotiation process, which Croatia supports and is ready to assist, the foreign ministers of these two countries, Miro Kovac and Ivica Dacic respectively said in Subotica on Friday.

Participating in the 26th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic League of Croats of Vojvodina (DSHV) as President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's and Serbian Prime Minister Alexeandar Vucic's envoys, the two ministers underscored that after two decades since the war, both countries have to turn to the future, however, unresolved issues from the past need not be left unsolved on that path.

Minister Dacic conveyed Prime Minister Vucic's promise to personally undertake to resolve all problems facing the Croat minority in Serbia, particularly in the field of education, fundamental rights and the media.

Croatia's minister said that while fully supporting Serbia's European journey, Zagreb will continue to insist on the implementation of all benchmarks and conventions that relate to the rights of the Croat minority.

Minister Kovac also underscored Croatia's resoluteness that during its negotiation process Serbia has to respect and apply European standards, particularly with reference to changing the law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes.

The two ministers attended the ceremony of DSHV's 26th anniversary and met in the City Council building and then attended Mass in the Franciscan church.

This is the first visit to the Croatian community in Subotica by a Croatian official since President Grabar-Kitarovic and Prime Minister Vucic on 20 June signed a declaration to improve relations and resolve outstanding issues between Croatia and Serbia.

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