Serbian Croat Leader Hopes Milanović’s Victory Won’t Change Treatment of Croat Community

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ZAGREB, January 8, 2020 – The leader of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV), Tomislav Žigmanov, has said that he hopes Croatian authorities’ interest in the Croat community in Serbia will continue after Zoran Milanović’s election as Croatia’s new president.

In a Twitter message on Wednesday, Žigmanov congratulated Milanovic on his victory, noting the election proved that Croatia “is a highly consolidated democracy.”

In a subsequent statement to the Vojvodina Radio and Television (RTV) public broadcaster, Žigmanov said he hoped the cooperation between Croatian authorities and the Croat community in Serbia and the support that community had received would continue.

“We hope Croatia’s new President Zoran Milanović will be interested in that, both in bilateral relations with Serbia as well as in direct communication with institutions of the Croat minority,” he added, noting that Milanovic should “create a platform for cooperation and relations with Serbia in a balanced and diplomatic way.”

The League of the Vojvodina Social Democrats (LSV), a party led by Nenad Čanak, welcomed Milanović’s election as Croatia’s new president.

“Your victory is an encouragement to all democratic and progressive forces in our region. I expect you to be a major advocate of a faster European journey for all countries in the region,” Čanak said, adding that the cooperation between Croatia and Serbia had to be much better in the coming period.

More news about the status of Croats in Serbia can be found in the Diaspora section.


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