Croatia’s Foreign Ministry declines to accept Serbia's démarche

Croatia’s Foreign Ministry declines to accept Serbia's démarche

Croatia’s Foreign Ministry declines to accept Serbia's démarche Izvor: N1

In yet another blow to their neighbourly relations, Croatia’s Foreign Ministry refused to take a protest note from Belgrade after Serbia’s ambassador to Croatia declined to accept Zagreb’s démarche against what it said was an announced visit of the Army of Serbia (VS) officers, N1 reported on Tuesday.

 A statement from Serbia’s Foreign Ministry (MSP) said Zagreb's decision was “contrary to the basic principles of modern Europe which envisage the freedom of movements, the right to preserve religious and national heritage and paying respect to innocent people killed” during the WW II.

Last Saturday, Croatian Police Director-General Nikola Milina said Serbia’s army delegation was denied entry into Croatia earlier in the day because their visit had not been formally announced.

On Monday, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Ministry summoned Serbia's ambassador to convey protest at the attempt it said was without an official notification, while the ambassador Mira Nikolic rejected the protest note.

MSP, however, said the ban was unfounded since “ the delegation of the Defence Ministry and VS’ visit was announced to Croatian authorities.”

“The Ministry underlines that on the part of Serbia there haven’t been any ‘inappropriate acts,’ nor any reaction by ‘Serbia’s political leadership.’ We remind that President Aleksandar Vucic has refused to comment on Croatia’s leadership’s statements that followed the ban.”  

MSP also said that “Serbia remains dedicated to the improvement of the regional stability and good neighbourly relations and believes they can be achieved in concrete talks, and not via media.”            

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