BELGRADE – Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic replied to recent statement made by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic regarding the appointment of General Ante Gotovina as a special advisor to Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krsticevic, reports

After the news about General Gotovina’s appointment was announced, Vucic said that Serbia “understood the message sent by the appointment of Ante Gotovina as a national security advisor to the Croatian government” and that “it is certain that Serbs, primarily those Serbs who used to live in Krajina and Croatia, cannot be happy about it”.

Reacting to Vucic’s comments, Plenkovic said that general Gotovina “with his experience and his approach to politics can be extremely useful in focusing on the future”.

“When you talk with Gotovina, you can see that he is focused on peace, cooperation, future, stability and the analysis of the complicated environment which currently surrounds Croatia and Europe. I believe that, with his wisdom and humility, he will be a useful adviser to the Minister of Defence”, noted Plenkovic.

The Prime Minister added that he did not expect raising of tensions in the relations with Serbia. Asked by reporters whether he was surprised by the reactions from Serbia, Plenkovic responded that he “does not see that reaction as something which would be problematic”.