We are close to forming a stable parliamentary majority, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) chief Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday when asked about his expectations from the continuation of talks with representatives of ethnic minorities, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Plenkovic told the press outside the HDZ headquarters that he expected the talks with minority representatives to resume. According to unofficial sources, the talks are expected to resume in the HDZ offices at 1500 hrs.
Caretaker Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, who is in charge of the negotiations with the minorities together with HDZ political secretary Davor Stier, told reporters that the HDZ had talked to minority representatives in the past several days through task forces.
He underscored that the negotiations were proceeding in a positive tone. Asked if he expected the negotiations to be completed next week, Maric said "We shall see."
He declined to comment on the statement by Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) president Kresimir Beljak that the HSS would not give the HDZ its signatures should the forming of the new government depend on the HSS. "I heard that, but I am not sure I entirely understand what he was saying," Maric said.