Croatian leader to snub new Serbian president

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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic shakes hands with his Kosovo counterpart Atifete Jahjaga on June 6, 2012 before their meeting in Zagreb at the start of her one-day, official visit to Croatia.

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Croatia's president said on Wednesday he would not attend the inauguration of his new Serbian counterpart next week in the first sign of regional fallout from the election of nationalist Tomislav Nikolic.

Last month's surprise election of Nikolic, long depicted in the West as the ideological heir to late Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic, sent a chill through a region still coming to terms with the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia, in which over 125,000 people died.

The European Union, which Nikolic says he wants Serbia to join, made clear he was on probation. Brussels hopes a coalition government currently being negotiated - with liberal leader Boris Tadic possibly in the more powerful post of prime minister - will be able to keep Nikolic in check.

Nikolic immediately stirred controversy by denying that the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was genocide and by saying the Croatian border town of Vukovar "was a Serb town".

"Our relations with Serbia have been improving in recent years and I want this trend to continue," Croatian President Ivo Josipovic told reporters. "Unfortunately, for reasons I have already explained, I cannot go to the inauguration, but I want this trend to continue," he said.

Josipovic had earlier state he would only go to Monday's ceremony in Belgrade if Nikolic renounced his past ultranationalist rhetoric.

Vukovar was reduced to rubble during a three-month siege by Serb militia and the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army at the start of Croatia's war of independence in 1991.

The Croatian leader, whose country joins the EU next year, told a local news agency: "Unfortunately, the views he held before, and which he repeated in his first comments, from Vukovar being a Serb town to Srebrenica not being genocide, are far from reflecting European values."

GOVERNMENT UNCERTAINTY

The Muslim chairman of Bosnia's rotating presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, was also expected to stay away from the inauguration. An official in Izetbegovic's cabinet said he had not yet received an invitation but had other engagements on Monday anyway.

Izetbegovic had hit out at Nikolic for a television interview last week in which he said the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War Two, did not constitute genocide, despite rulings by the Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal for the ex-Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice that it did.

The EU, which is weighing up whether to open membership talks with Serbia, condemned the remark and the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was deplorable.

"President Nikolic has an opportunity to set a constructive tone within the region, but such unfounded statements about Srebrenica and other war crimes are counter-productive to promoting stability and reconciliation in the region," it said.

A former cemetery manager nicknamed "Gravedigger," Nikolic was propelled to victory by Serb frustration over economic stagnation, high unemployment and the perceived cronyism of Tadic's Democratic Party.

One month since an inconclusive May 6 parliamentary election, Tadic said on Wednesday he was days away from securing a majority in the 250-seat parliament.

The country's economy is badly in need of commitment to fiscal reforms and spending cuts. Analysts, however, warned it could yet take weeks or even months to divide up the spoils of government, from powerful cabinet portfolios to lucrative posts in state-run companies.

Parties have until September to produce a deal or hold new polls.
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Croatia's president said on Wednesday he would not attend the inauguration of his new Serbian counterpart next week in the first sign of regional fallout from the election of nationalist Tomislav Nikolic.
Last month's surprise election of Nikolic, long depicted in the West as the ideological heir to late Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic, sent a chill through a region still coming to terms with the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia, in which over 125,000 people died.
The European Union, which Nikolic says he wants Serbia to join, made clear he was on probation. Brussels hopes a coalition government currently being negotiated - with liberal leader Boris Tadic possibly in the more powerful post of prime minister - will be able to keep Nikolic in check.
Nikolic immediately stirred controversy by denying that the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was genocide and by saying the Croatian border town of Vukovar "was a Serb town".
"Our relations with Serbia have been improving in recent years and I want this trend to continue," Croatian President Ivo Josipovic told reporters. "Unfortunately, for reasons I have already explained, I cannot go to the inauguration, but I want this trend to continue," he said.
Josipovic had earlier state he would only go to Monday's ceremony in Belgrade if Nikolic renounced his past ultranationalist rhetoric.
Vukovar was reduced to rubble during a three-month siege by Serb militia and the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army at the start of Croatia's war of independence in 1991.
The Croatian leader, whose country joins the EU next year, told a local news agency: "Unfortunately, the views he held before, and which he repeated in his first comments, from Vukovar being a Serb town to Srebrenica not being genocide, are far from reflecting European values."
GOVERNMENT UNCERTAINTY
The Muslim chairman of Bosnia's rotating presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, was also expected to stay away from the inauguration. An official in Izetbegovic's cabinet said he had not yet received an invitation but had other engagements on Monday anyway.
Izetbegovic had hit out at Nikolic for a television interview last week in which he said the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War Two, did not constitute genocide, despite rulings by the Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal for the ex-Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice that it did.
The EU, which is weighing up whether to open membership talks with Serbia, condemned the remark and the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was deplorable.
"President Nikolic has an opportunity to set a constructive tone within the region, but such unfounded statements about Srebrenica and other war crimes are counter-productive to promoting stability and reconciliation in the region," it said.
A former cemetery manager nicknamed "Gravedigger," Nikolic was propelled to victory by Serb frustration over economic stagnation, high unemployment and the perceived cronyism of Tadic's Democratic Party.
One month since an inconclusive May 6 parliamentary election, Tadic said on Wednesday he was days away from securing a majority in the 250-seat parliament.
The country's economy is badly in need of commitment to fiscal reforms and spending cuts. Analysts, however, warned it could yet take weeks or even months to divide up the spoils of government, from powerful cabinet portfolios to lucrative posts in state-run companies.
Parties have until September to produce a deal or hold new polls.
Nothing good came out of Croatia, except Serbs. Shame on Croatia war criminals and their supporter in Croatia government!
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Croatia's president said on Wednesday he would not attend the inauguration of his new Serbian counterpart next week in the first sign of regional fallout from the election of nationalist Tomislav Nikolic.
Last month's surprise election of Nikolic, long depicted in the West as the ideological heir to late Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic, sent a chill through a region still coming to terms with the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia, in which over 125,000 people died.
The European Union, which Nikolic says he wants Serbia to join, made clear he was on probation. Brussels hopes a coalition government currently being negotiated - with liberal leader Boris Tadic possibly in the more powerful post of prime minister - will be able to keep Nikolic in check.
Nikolic immediately stirred controversy by denying that the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica was genocide and by saying the Croatian border town of Vukovar "was a Serb town".
"Our relations with Serbia have been improving in recent years and I want this trend to continue," Croatian President Ivo Josipovic told reporters. "Unfortunately, for reasons I have already explained, I cannot go to the inauguration, but I want this trend to continue," he said.
Josipovic had earlier state he would only go to Monday's ceremony in Belgrade if Nikolic renounced his past ultranationalist rhetoric.
Vukovar was reduced to rubble during a three-month siege by Serb militia and the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army at the start of Croatia's war of independence in 1991.
The Croatian leader, whose country joins the EU next year, told a local news agency: "Unfortunately, the views he held before, and which he repeated in his first comments, from Vukovar being a Serb town to Srebrenica not being genocide, are far from reflecting European values."
GOVERNMENT UNCERTAINTY
The Muslim chairman of Bosnia's rotating presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, was also expected to stay away from the inauguration. An official in Izetbegovic's cabinet said he had not yet received an invitation but had other engagements on Monday anyway.
Izetbegovic had hit out at Nikolic for a television interview last week in which he said the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War Two, did not constitute genocide, despite rulings by the Hague-based U.N. war crimes tribunal for the ex-Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice that it did.
The EU, which is weighing up whether to open membership talks with Serbia, condemned the remark and the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was deplorable.
"President Nikolic has an opportunity to set a constructive tone within the region, but such unfounded statements about Srebrenica and other war crimes are counter-productive to promoting stability and reconciliation in the region," it said.
A former cemetery manager nicknamed "Gravedigger," Nikolic was propelled to victory by Serb frustration over economic stagnation, high unemployment and the perceived cronyism of Tadic's Democratic Party.
One month since an inconclusive May 6 parliamentary election, Tadic said on Wednesday he was days away from securing a majority in the 250-seat parliament.
The country's economy is badly in need of commitment to fiscal reforms and spending cuts. Analysts, however, warned it could yet take weeks or even months to divide up the spoils of government, from powerful cabinet portfolios to lucrative posts in state-run companies.
Parties have until September to produce a deal or hold new polls.
Nothing good came out of Croatia, except Serbs. Shame on Croatia goverment who still support Croat war criminals like Ante Gotovina and Markac!
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Lets hope hes a bit like Milosevic :) time we put these arrogant little croats in their place
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zarko cetnik wrote:
Lets hope hes a bit like Milosevic :) time we put these arrogant little croats in their place
give it a shot.we will be waiting
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grude wrote:
<quoted text>give it a shot.we will be waiting
Pfft croatian warmongers! Shame on croatian goverment who support war criminals as Ante Gotovina and Markac!
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grude wrote:
<quoted text>give it a shot.we will be waiting
as if lol
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<quoted text>as if lol
next time we wont stop at banja luka.be careful what you wish for or you might be hearing ganga on the streets of belgrade
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<quoted text>next time we wont stop at banja luka.be careful what you wish for or you might be hearing ganga on the streets of belgrade
lol hows in canada picko
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<quoted text>next time we wont stop at banja luka.be careful what you wish for or you might be hearing ganga on the streets of belgrade
LOL i am afraid.You can stop at bleiburg if you want.
http://vinkovci.com.hr/svijet/wikileaks-otkri...
HDZ = hrvatska do zagreba
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<quoted text>next time we wont stop at banja luka.be careful what you wish for or you might be hearing ganga on the streets of belgrade
when have you ever seen a Serb back down from an ustasa? NEVER!:p only when you have weapons and nato does all the work
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Next time round the people of belgrade will get to taste war,careful what you wish for cetniks
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zarko u forget what happened 18 yrs ago,u ran like the cowards u are when it is an fair fight
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Next time round the people of belgrade will get to taste war,careful what you wish for cetniks
Keep dreaming

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zarko u forget what happened 18 yrs ago,u ran like the cowards u are when it is an fair fight
Bleiburg Vukovar Ovcara 18.11.1991
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Bleiburg Vukovar Ovcara 18.11.1991
jasenovac,knin,benkovac,lika,p acrac,obravac shall i go on or do you have a tractor to catch
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lol hows in canada picko
great,hows knin you flaming pedophile
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<quoted text>great,hows knin you flaming pedophile
wtf? LOL
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<quoted text>jasenovac,knin,benkova c,lika,pacrac,obravac shall i go on or do you have a tractor to catch
croat ustasha are picke!
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croat ustasha are picke!
your still here,run along little boy adults are talking

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