MOSTAR – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic met with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Tuesday.
“It was a good conversation. I believe that we will develop good-neighbourly relations in the future as well,” Vucic posted on his Twitter account.
“I believe we will develop the good-neighborly relations between our two countries more quickly and successfully in the future,” Vucic told reporters after the meeting with the Croatian president.
Announcing the closed-door meeting earlier in the day, Vucic noted that Serbia-Croatia relations would be discussed as well, which he said was “very significant.”
Ahead of the visit to Mostar, Grabar-Kitarovic urged an easing of tensions because the future of southeastern Europe must be a future of peace and prosperity for all.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Tuesday after a meeting with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic that Serbia’s EU accession talks or Chapter 23 were not discussed.
It was a friendly, statesperson-like conversation about the responsibility of the two countries’ leaderships for relations in the region, stability and security, she said.
Serbia-Croatia relations are not as tense as they seem, she said.
“I would not say that they are tense. There is a rhetorical confrontation,” Croatian media quoted Grabar-Kitarovic as saying.
Croatia’s unwillingness to give the green light for opening Chapter 23 (on the judiciary and fundamental rights) in Serbia’s EU accession talks is putting the biggest strain on relations between the two countries.
Croatia has said that it wants Belgrade to give up on regional jurisdiction over war crimes, secure the rights of ethnic Croats in Serbia and fully cooperate with the ICTY.