Croatian FM: We will be firm but fair with Serbia

SOURCETanjug

ZAGREB/LJUBLJANA – Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said Tuesday has said that Croatia had interest in seeing Southeast Europe countries join the EU and the Croatian government would be firm but fair in relations with Serbia.

Kovac told Slovenian daily Delo that in relationships with its neighbors, Croatia would behave as an actively involved and responsible member-state of the European Union.

He said that Croatia supported Serbia’s European path, but membership negotiations would require certain changes in Serbian society.

And that is not easy as these reforms must be very painful, something that Croatia experienced in making the changes and adjustments needed to become part of the European family.

With Serbia, as well as with other membership candidates, Croatia will be firm but fair, said Kovac.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “He said that Croatia supported Serbia’s European path, but membership negotiations would require certain changes in Serbian society.”

    That’s exactly why Serbia has no place in EU and why there is such a profound reaction against EU there. Such social engineering by making certain advertisements arbitrarily is a recipe for a strong reaction to those elements, as demonization of a society caused this conundrum in the first place. It means that Serbia would have to sever the ties with all of its history which defines it as an entity, and try to imitate those who purported it dangerous. Mr. Milosevic’s 2000 speech comes to mind about that.
    Not to mention about the increasing anti Serb rhetoric in Croatia as in paintings on the walls and churches and perpetrators are not identified. EU membership didn’t erase it, on the contrary such appearances are shown more frequently. As Milorad Pupovac said, after the EU membership the situation worsened. In that case, even the irrelevant complaints from Croatia are more helpful towards Serbia than the Serbian government.

  2. Yes, Croatia’s truculence could be helpful if it forces the Serbian state to hold a referendum on maintaining any relations with NATO (and the EU). If that happens, Montenegro could learn from its example.

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