Croatian embassy refuses to receive protest note

The Croatian ambassador to Serbia has declined to receive a protest note sent by the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has been announced in Zagreb.

Source: B92

The reason is the mention in the note of the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) - a Nazi-allied, fascist WW2 entity.

The Croatian Minsitry of Foreign and European Affairs said in a statement that "Croatia considers its allegations about the 'discriminatory nature of the measures, which could only be compared to those employed in the past, during the fascist Independent State of Croatia' an utterly offensive, inappropriate and unacceptable way to communicate with a neighboring country."

"The problem of the rising refugee wave that Croatia and Serbia are both faced with should be dealt with in the spirit of good-neighborliness and European solidarity as well as through constructive cooperation in receiving the refugees at the Croatian-Serbian border. The situation can only be alleviated through coordinated efforts on both of our parts to reduce the pressure at our border," the Croatian ministry said, and added:

"As the EU heads of state and government concluded at yesterday’s meeting, there are no simple solutions to this crisis and this challenge can only be dealt with by working together in the spirit of solidarity and responsibility. Croatia will continue to strongly advocate appropriate assistance on part of the EU to the countries of the Western Balkans in managing the refugee routes, which was also one of the main messages at yesterday’s European Council meeting."


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