Grlić Radman: The adoption of the resolution on Jasenovac will have a negative impact on Montenegro's European path

"I expressed my astonishment and concern over the fact that the declaration on Jasenovac, which the Montenegrin parliament is supposed to adopt by the end of the week on the proposal of President Andrija Mandić, is being discussed at all. I asked myself what kind of historical-political context it is and the reason why Montenegro Gora works," Grlić Radman said

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Grlić Radman, Photo: Screenshot/Youtube
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Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said today that he did not receive guarantees from his Montenegrin colleague Filip Ivanović that the resolution on Jasenovac will not be adopted, which is why they decided to send a note of protest.

He told journalists at the EUSAIR summit in Šibenik that the note was preceded by communication between him and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Filip Ivanović, with whom, as he said, he has very good cooperation.

"I expressed my astonishment and concern over the fact that the declaration on Jasenovac, which the Montenegrin parliament is supposed to adopt by the end of the week at the proposal of President Andrija Mandić, is being discussed at all. I asked myself what kind of historical-political context it is and the reason why Montenegro I said that the adoption of such a resolution, which we consider to be politicized and misused for internal political contests in Montenegro, will have a negative impact on Montenegro's European path, but also on our bilateral and open questions," Grlić Radman said.

He reminded that 32 years have passed since Croatian independence and not a single open issue with Montenegro has been resolved.

"You know that at the time of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, Croatia was a victim of the Great Serbian aggression in which people from Montenegro also participated, that's why the plaque was placed in Morinje," he said.

He assessed that the resolution on Jasenovac was passed in the context of the Resolution on Srebrenica in the United Nations (UN) and probably wanted to "defocus Srebrenica, politicize Jasenovac and manipulate the victims".

He said that this does not contribute to the expression of reverence for the victims, the condemnation of crimes and the culture of remembrance.

"Since I did not receive clear guarantees that it would not be adopted, we sent a note of protest and condemned the attempts to instrumentalize Croatia for internal political purposes in Montenegro. We expressed the expectation that Montenegro and its institutions, above all the parliament, would give up on that move, because all of this together can have a negative impact on our bilateral relations," he said.

He said that he believes that Montenegro has a lot of work to do to resolve bilateral issues with Croatia and continue its European path.

"She is considered the champion of EU integration in the Western Balkans, and we see that this is a diversion of attention from an important direction, because you cannot at the same time take over European values ​​and then deny them on the other hand," he said.

He added that Croatia was with Montenegro in the process of integration from the beginning, despite open questions.

He also recalled the disputed ownership of the "Jadran" ship, which, he claims, is also being manipulated.

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