Plenkovic says his first visit abroad will be to Sarajevo

The president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), a relative winner of the September 11 parliamentary election in Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, said in an interview for Al Jazeera on Friday that his first visit abroad would be Sarajevo, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"I want to send a message that Bosnia and Herzegovina is Croatia's key foreign priority," Plenkovic said, explaining that the new Croatian government would continue to support BiH and invest efforts to ensure that the position of the Croat people was the same as the other two peoples living in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"I will strongly advocate Bosnia's European path," Plenkovic said.

Commenting on a referendum in the Bosnian Serb entity of Republika Srpska, Plenkovic said it contributed to divisions and destabilisation of Bosnia and Herzegovina which, he stressed, was not good for anyone. Plenkovic is particularly worried about announcements of a referendum about the succession of the Republika Srpska.

He underscored that centralist and separatist tendencies were equally dangerous, suggesting that a quality constitutional reforms should resolve evident flaws of the Dayton Constitution.

The HDZ chief he wanted tensions to calm down in Croatia's relations with Serbia, adding that outstanding issues such as the missing persons, borders, the processing of war crimes and the universal jurisdiction over war crimes cases should be resolved.

He said his mission was to lead the HDZ towards becoming the main political centre-right party which shared the values of the European People's Party.

Asked about the future of caretaker Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic, namely whether or not he would be a minister in the future government, Plenkovic said the HDZ had enough quality people to form two governments without a problem.

"All experts are candidates for certain positions," he said.

When asked directly is Hasenbegovic was a candidate for the position of the culture minister, Plenkovic said this will be discussed in due time.

Last update: Sat, 24/09/2016 - 13:34
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