Croatia says other EU members back its blockade of Serbia

Croatia's outgoing prime minister said in Brussels his country's stance regarding the opening of negotiations with Serbia in chapter 23 has not changed.

Source: Tanjug

Tihomir Oreskovic added that "what Croatia is asking is also being asked by other members of the European Union".

His comments came after it was reported earlier in the week that Croatia continued its blockade "for essential reasons" while Britain failed to provide its consent to open the chapter "for technical reasons."

"As far as we are concerned, nothing has changed. We ask that Serbia has the same conditions that Croatia and other states had," said Oreskovic.

He added that this was about the three conditions relating to jurisdiction for war crimes cases in the region, protection of minorities, and cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.

"Other members, too, are asking that this is fulfilled," said Oreskovic, as reported by Croatian agency Hina.

The Dutch presidency of the EU had intended to open negotiations with Serbia on chapters 23 and 24 by the end of its mandate on Thursday, but there has been no agreement on a common EU position for chapter 2 (judiciary and fundamental rights), the Croatian agency said.

Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miro Kovac on Monday said that, according to information from Croatian negotiators, "an agreement was close at hand and the opening of negotiations will be possible if Croatian requirements have been met."


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