Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said he would summon Croatian Ambassador to Belgrade Hidajet Biščević after ethnic Croatian leader Tomislav Žigmanov criticized the diplomat for working against Croats in Serbia.
But his wish was opposed by FM Gordan Grlić Radman and it is now clear that Croatia will have another problem in political life.
The problem arose when media outlets reported that Ambassador Bićević did not respond to developments in which ethnic Croats received death threats and that he also failed to make phone calls to those members who received threats to express support and sympathy with them. .
Manigmanov, who is the leader of the Democratic Party of Croats in Vojvodina (DSHV), recently stated that the Croatian ambassador had made a “lukewarm reaction” to attempts by Serbian authorities in Subotica to introduce the Bunjevci vernacular as an official language in that city. The Bunjevci are an indigenous Croatian community in the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina. He added that the ambassador communicated with people whom Zhigmanov described as persons “who are actively working to destabilize and disintegrate the community (ethnic Croats)”.
All this prompted President Milanovic to say he did not know whose policy Bicevic was “following there”.
“I do not know if all those titles are true and I will call him back to Zagreb for consultations,” Milanovic said in his press release.
Reacting to Milanovic’s statements, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman said that Croatian Ambassador Hidajet Biščević enjoys the support of the Croatian government.
He says that exclusively Croatian institutions are responsible for evaluating the performance of Croatian diplomats.
The minister said the status of the Croatian community in Serbia is one of Biščević’s priorities.
“Media speculation and such statements in the media about Croatian diplomats are not the best way to communicate. “Croatia ‘s diplomacy does not deserve it and, moreover, it could also be an indirect attempt from outside to influence political relations in Croatia,” said the minister, who will travel to Subotica on Wednesday.
He also said it was also inappropriate to distribute reports against Biščević following the recent incident in which the Croatian flag was removed from the Croatian ambassador’s residence in Belgrade.
Minister Grlić Radman also denied Milanovi pretend’s claims that he was the one who appointed Biščević to the post of ambassador, saying that he had been hired for diplomatic duties for the first time in 1991 by the first Croatian president, Franjo Tüman, and since then he was an official in Foreign Minister.