Deputy Prime Minister and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov has said that he could see no reason for the incumbent government to break apart, and added that his party will not succumb to ultimatums.
"I don't think that cooperation may be agreed upon through ultimatums," Petrov said in the southern city of Split on Saturday while attending ceremonies on the occasion of the day of that biggest Croatian coastal city.
In response to reporters' comments about ultimatums from the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) that leads the Patriotic Coalition, the other component of the current cabinet, Petrov said he could not see reasons for ultimatums about something agreed on the first day (of cooperation).
The Jutarnji List daily has claimed that leaders of the HDZ and of the BrIdge party met on Thursday when the HDZ reportedly insisted on deciding on Croatia's withdrawal from the arbitration with Hungary's MOL over INA, and on having its men at the helm of the police directorate and police serious fraud investigation office (PNUSKOK).
Petrov has already told the Croatian Radio that abandoning the arbitration process would be pernicious.
"We have reasons for optimism about arbitration," Petrov told the radio.
As for the above-mentioned planned personnel changes, Petrov recalled that the minister at the helm of the Interior Ministry came from the Bridge ranks and he was in charge of conducting tenders for collection of applications for those posts.