Bridge party chief Bozo Petrov on Wednesday called on the two biggest blocs led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to accept his party's plan, and explained that in the event that only one bloc acceded to Bridge's proposals, Bridge would go on with it, while hoping that the other bloc would also accept a tripartite government.
The negotiations which Bridge, party that emerged third in the 8 November parliamentary election, is conducting after the parliamentary vote with the HDZ-led "Patriotic Coalition" and the SDP-led "Croatia is Growing" coalition are likely to be finalised next week, according to statements given by Petrov and the HDZ leader Tomislav Karamarko after their two-hour meeting in Sibenik on Wednesday.
Considering those negotiations, Petrov said he would wait for Monday, 14 December, a deadline set at the recent cross-party meeting, to see which decisions would be made by the HDZ and the SDP.
"The bloc that on Monday accedes to Bridge's conditions for cooperation, will be given support from Bridge," Petrov said expressing hope that both blocs would accept his party's proposals, thus paving the way for a tripartite government.
Karamarko said that during the Sibenik meeting, the HDZ delegation had expressed some doubts and scepticism, "but it is important to talk."
"We will be unanimous contrary to the other coalition that is coming apart," the HDZ chief said.
Petrov reiterated that Bridge insisted on a non-partisan nominee for the Prime Minister-Designate. He admitted that both blocs had shown some doubts that had to be discussed by intra-party bodies.
He welcomed President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's invitation to Karamarko of the HDZ and Zoran Milanovic of the SDP for additional consultations.
"This is a positive headway," he said.
The Bridge chief called on parties that turned down Bridge's proposal for a grand coalition government to reconsider their decision and consult with partners in their coalition.
On Tuesday, the Croatian People's Party (HNS), the Labour Party and the Croatian Pensioners' Party (HSU), junior partners in the SDP coalition, dismissed the formation of a government comprising the HDZ-led coalition, the SDP-led coalition and Bridge.
Petrov insists that the only solution to Croatia's current situation is a government of national unity, no matter how this may seem naive.
Karamarko said that the Sibenik meeting had not revolved around nominations for the prime minister-designate but the programmes as a whole had been discussed.
He said that the HDZ was flexible to the maximum in the negotiations.
It is vital to secure a majority in the parliament, and continue normal activities in parliament, he added.