Leaders of Serbia, Croatia sign ‘reconciliation’ declaration

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic signed on June 20 a document that expresses the willingness of the two countries to improve bilateral relations.

“The declaration on improving relations and solving open questions” was signed in Subotica, northern Serbia, a town that represents a centre of a Croatian national minority. Earlier, Vucic and Grabar-Kitarovic first symbolically met at the bridge over the Danube, between Serbia and Croatia.

In Dalj, a village in Croatia mostly inhabited by Serbs, they visited the home of Milutin Milankovic (1879-1958), a world-famous scientist. After that the two officials continued their tour in Donji Tavankut, near Subotica.

“We want to live in peace, to build more confidence and to create a better atmosphere,” Vucic said after the signing of the declaration. The meeting was not pressed for by the international community, Grabar-Kitarovic emphasised in an interview ahead of the meeting. “It was rather motivated by our mutual will to make concrete steps in rapprochement of the two countries,” she said.

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