Former Croatian president Ivo Josipovic has said that the period when he was heading his country, relations between Croatia and Serbia, then led by Boris Tadic, was the period of “best cooperation” between the two states since the dissolution of former Yugoslavia.
“There was an upward trend; I think we have understood each other. Of course, there have been issues on which our opinions probably slightly differed, but the situation was such that we had a common goal - president Tadic and I both aimed at reconciliation and a common future within the European Union,” Josipovic told journalists in Kragujevac on June 15.
He added that “some other people” arrived after them, whose policy was different. “Unfortunately, these policies, in my opinion, degraded these relations, pushing them back to some previous times,” Josipovic said and added that this does not mean that the situation will persist. He also said that he is always an optimist, and that the current leaderships may make a good step forward, which he hopes will happen.
The former president also said that he sees Serbia and the whole region in the European Union. “The EU and EU membership are demanding, that is, the EU expects from every new member to meet certain conditions. In my view Serbia was making progress in some areas, but is now experiencing certain problems. Some are political in nature, but some are probably technical,”Josipovic said.