President says Croatian PM should have had consultations before going to Germany

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that caretaker Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic should have consulted key political figures in Croatia before tomorrow's meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel because the migration issue, which would be discussed there, was too serious "for someone to trust several foreign policy advisors."

"That's an issue on which a national consensus needs to be reached. If I were Mr. Oreskovic, I would have convened everyone, including the National Security Council, but also representatives of opposition parties, especially so since we are in the middle of campaigning and we don't know who will win the election. We need to find the common positions which will be advocated, both at the meeting with Merkel and in Slovakia" at an EU summit on September 16, the president told Croatian Television.

"That's a too serious situation for someone to trust several foreign policy advisors" because one can never predict what will happen during the discussion, the president added.

She said the Bratislava summit was key for migration and that the time ahead was also key, as the situation might deteriorate. There would have been no Brexit had there been no migration crisis, she added.

Merkel is meeting with the prime ministers of Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Bulgaria in Berlin on Saturday. Asked about it earlier this week, Oreskovic said the meeting was informal, that it would address already discussed issues, that "everything is clear and transparent" and that he would inform the public afterwards.

Speaking of relations with Serbia, Grabar-Kitarovic said she supported Croatian war veterans' position that "the rhetoric should be de-escalated on both sides."

She said that after Croatia's early parliamentary polls on September 11, she "will certainly talk with (Serbian PM Aleksandar) Vucic and I believe that after the election, with the new Croatian government, whichever it will be, we will find a way to sit down, not only with Vucic, but with the Serbian government too, with veterans and civilian victims' associations attending, all those who are still looking for the missing, and that we will find a way to solve the painful issues, which are first and foremost humanitarian, but also the issue of potential indictments."

Last update: Fri, 26/08/2016 - 21:11

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