Ivanovic: I told Radman that the MFA cannot influence the discussions that took place in the Assembly

The Minister of Foreign Affairs said that he convinced Grlić Radman that no one in Montenegro connects the crimes in Jasenovac with the collectivity of the Croatian people or with Croatia, since, as he said, it is known that the Croatian state, including its leadership, honors the memory of the innocent victims of Jasenovac

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Ivanović, Photo: Đorđe Cmiljanić/Government of Montenegro
Ivanović, Photo: Đorđe Cmiljanić/Government of Montenegro
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Filip Ivanović, said that he told his Croatian colleague Gordan Grlić Radman that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MVP) cannot influence the negotiations that were conducted in the Parliament, and on the other hand, he assured him that no one in Montenegro is linking the crimes in Jasenovac with the collectivity of the Croatian people or with the Republic of Croatia.

He said this in a statement for the Television of Montenegro (TVCG), as reported by the Radio Television of Montenegro (RTCG) portal.

"I want to thank my colleague Grlić Radman for pointing out two facts today: that we have excellent communication and cooperation, which I am happy to confirm, and that Montenegro is the champion of European integration, which Croatia strongly supports and which we in Montenegro greatly appreciate. communication we had on the matter in question, the truth is that I could not give my colleague Grlić Radman guarantees about the possible outcome of the talks that took place in the Assembly for the simple reason that it is part of parliamentary activities that the ministry and the executive power cannot influence," he pointed out Ivanovic.

He added that, on the other hand, he convinced Grlić Radman that no one in Montenegro connects the crimes in Jasenovac with the collectivity of the Croatian people or with Croatia, since, as he said, it is known that the Croatian state, including its leadership, honors the memory the innocent victims of Jasenovac.

"Also, I pointed out that the Government is fully committed to its priorities, among which the EU accession process is the most important, and that exceptional progress has been made in that domain, which we expect will be recognized by the Report on Temporary Benchmarks and the intergovernmental conference in June," he said. is Ivanovic.

Grlić Radman said earlier today that he did not receive guarantees from Ivanovic 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.

Today, Croatia delivered a note of protest to Montenegro at the proposal of the President of the Assembly Andrije Mandić, who said that the political representatives of the Serbs will propose a resolution on Jasenovac, reports Večernji list.

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