Monday, October 14, 2013

Josipovic to visit Belgrade on Wednesday

10/14/2013 2:18:00 PM

BELGRADE - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will meet with Croatian President Ivo Josipovic in Belgrade on Wednesday, the president's press service released. According to the release, Josipovic will be welcomed in front of the Palace of Serbia, after which the two presidents will have a closed meeting. An agreement on cooperation between the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade and the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb should be signed in the presence of the two presidents. After this, Josipovic and Nikolic will address the media. 

 The two presidents will meet with representatives of the Association of the internally displaced persons in the Serbian National Assembly. 

 The Serbian delegation comprises Minister of Justice Nikola Selakovic, Foreign Minister Ivan Mrkic, Serbian Ambassador in Croatia Stanimir Vukicevic and president's advisors Marko Djuric, Oliver Antic, Predrag Mikic and Stanislava Pak Stankovic. 

 The Croatian delegation comprises Minister of Veterans' Affairs Predrag Matic, Deputy Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Markotic, Deputy Advisor for Foreign Affairs Romana Vlahutin, Advisor for European affairs Mirjana Mladineo, advisor for interior policy Sinisa Tatalovic and advisor for the economy Tamara Obradovic Mazal.

 Josipovic will visit Serbia at a moment when tensions are flying high in Croatia over the installation of Cyrillic script plates in Vukovar, and when the media are speculating that, contrary to previous announcements, the Zagreb government does not intend to drop the genocide suit before the International Court of Justice.

 In a recent interview for the Zagreb-based daily Jutarnji List, the Serbian president said that the inter-state relations between Serbia and Croatia are better than they had ever been before because the ties are at their most honest in history. Nikolic and Josipovic conferred on several occasions on the margins of international meetings and Nikolic attended the celebration of Croatia's EU accession, but the Wednesday meeting will be the first bilateral meeting since Nikolic's appointment as the president. Josipovic said that Serbia and Croatia are still focused on reinforcement of cooperation, and added that the Zagreb government will not use blackmails to reach a goal in the search for a solution to open issues. 

 The mutual genocide suits between Serbia and Croatia before the International Court of Justice in The Hague are not the decisive for the two countries' relations, Josipovic said in an interview for the Belgrade-based daily Politika. He stated that it is only natural for the relations to face certain circumstances which are not most favourable for good neighbourly relations, but there were a lot of bigger challenges in the past. Photo Tanjug, N. Milosevic (Archive)

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