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Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said in an interview with the commercial RTL television channel on Tuesday that negotiations with the Bridge party were going well and without ultimatums, adding that he expects to form a stable government with a clear programme for the next four years.

Plenkovic said that in the negotiations that had only just begun the HDZ was seeking explanations of Bridge's seven conditions. He said that he saw these conditions as Bridge's political message that the institutions of the state and political parties should treat people responsibly.

"We fully respect Bridge and wish, if possible, to agree cooperation with them. These are talks, or rather explanations of these seven points which Bridge called their small contribution for a better Croatia," the HDZ leader said.

He said they had also had talks with elected representatives of ethnic minorities, but that their joining the government was not discussed.

"We did not discuss allocation of government posts to the minorities. I would like the minorities to support the work of the future government and I would like us to agree on modalities of cooperation, but I haven't discussed specific ministerial posts even with my closest associates, let alone with anyone else," Plenkovic said.

The HDZ leader revealed that in the last two days there had been contacts with some people from the People's Coalition and with the Croatian People's Party (HNS), but without any concrete agreements. "There have been some informal contacts ... but without any agreements," he said.

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