Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Monday summoned Serbia's ambassador Mira Nikolic to convey a protest over an attempt by Serbian military personnel to enter Croatia without official notification but ambassador Nikolic refused to accept the protest note.
Ambassador Nikoc was summoned to the Croatian Foreign Ministry after a van carrying 11 Serbian military personnel, who had uniforms in their luggage, was stopped at the Bajakovo border crossing. The Ministry said the Serbian servicemen tried to enter Croatia without notifying offical Zagreb and were denied entry into the country.
Croatian ministry officials informed Serbia's ambassador that it condemned what it said was an attempted illegal crossing into Croatia without any notification and without being given consent by the Croatian government.
The Serbian ambassador refused to take in the protest note and the ministry informed her that the event at the Bajakovo border crossing was an act of provocation with an aim of causing incidents.
A press release expressed strong condemnation of the fact that Serbia's official institutions were involved in the incident and criticized statements by Serbian officials after the incident, branding their conduct as inappropriate and a part of the ongoing pattern of public discourse in Serbia directed against Croatia.
"This is yet more evidence of Serbia's inability to deal with its past and its responsibility for the wars in the 1990s," the Croatian ministry underscores.
On Saturday afternoon, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that a group of Serbian army personnel had attempted to enter Croatia unannounced and in violation of international law, with the aim of causing an incident, but were stopped by the border police."This is unacceptable to the Croatian state and we strongly condemned this act," the prime minister said.
Responding to officials in Zagreb, the Serbian Defence Ministry, said that the Serbian army delegation was travelling to Jasenovac for a commemoration at the the site of the World War 2 death camp, adding that the visit had been announced.