President Milanovic says he will recall Croatia’s ambassador to Serbia

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Croatia's President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday that he would recall Croatian Ambassador to Belgrade, Hidajet Biscevic, after the leader of etznic Croats in Serbia, Tomislav Zigmanov, had criticised Biscevic and said he is "working against Croats in Serbia."

Zigmanov, who is the leader of the Democratic party of Croats in Vojvodina (DSHV), recently claimed that the Croatian ambassador had made a “tepid reaction” to attempts by Serbian authorities in Subotica to introduce the Bunjevci vernacular as an official language in that northern city, and that the ambassador communicated with people whom Zigmanov described as persons “who are actively working on the destabilisation and dissolution of the (ethnic Croat) community.”

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That prompted President Milanovic to say on Tuesday that he did not know whose policy Biscevic “is pursuing there.”

“I cannot know whether all those headlines are true, and I will summon him back to Zagreb for consultations,” Milanovic said in his address to the press at the Gasinci military range in eastern Croatia on Tuesday.

The Vecernji List daily has reported that on 30 March, Zigmanov had sent a letter to Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic-Radman to inform him that Biscevic was “working against the interests of the ethnic Croat community in Serbia.”

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