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Why is Croatia in open diplomatic war with absolutely all neighbors?

In terms of determining the borders, Croatia's policy was not firm but rather rigid, and due to the pressure of the nationalist charge, all the previous governments negotiated without the slightest tendency to compromise

Croatia is in a one of a kind chain of worsening of diplomatic relations with almost all its neighbors, writes Croatian press.

It is scientifically proven that there are no differences between Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks: They would all be in the same state if the DNA determined the borders (MAP)

The similar catchphrase was popular in Yugoslavia about the surrounding filled with "concerns" (which was made of Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Greece, Albania, Hungary and Austria), and it can be concluded that there is no falling behind about concerns in today's time, despite the significantly lower territorial scope, writes "Slobodna Dalmacija".

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According to the Split newspaper, soon after the worsening of the relations with Slovenia on not accepting the decision of the Arbitration Tribunal on the demarcation, Croatia entered the cycle of exchange of diplomatic notes with Serbia on the plaque with the Ustasha greeting in Jasenovac and burning of the newsletter of Serbian minority "Novosti". 

Relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina are additionally "stirred up" for arguments about building Peljesac bridge, and lately because of the statements about the danger of Islam radicalism from Bosnia which allegedly threatened Croatia and Europe.

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Croatia is also sending protest notes to Croatia for the memorial dedicated to the immigrant with terrorist past, Miro Baresic, who was convicted in Sweden for killing the icon of their anti-fascist uprising, Vladimir Rolovic, and Hungary recently joined the spiral of negativism by siding with Slovenia in blocking the Croatia in OECD, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Former Croatian diplomat Ivica Mastruko doesn't see the reasons of such relations of Croatia with neighbors in professional diplomats who currently lead Croatia but primarily in a burdensome and complex history of total activity or non-activity.

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The reasons for complicating relations with various countries in the environment, in his opinion, are not interconnected, but sometimes they have common touch points and interest frames that overlap in some way or they make long-term conclusions.

In a way, it all started with the need to define the border issues Croatia has to settle with everybody, except Italy and Hungary.

In terms of determining the borders, Croatia's policy was not firm but rather rigid, and due to the pressure of the nationalist charge, all the previous governments negotiated without the slightest tendency to compromise. 

It was accepted to go to the arbitration with Slovenia, which was then compromised. Europe and the world are, however, on the side of the arbitration decision not because of the tendency towards Slovenia, but because of the protection of the procedure and the institution that carries it, he said.

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As the only real solution for exiting the current situation, he proposes signing a bilateral border agreement with Slovenia that would include all elements of the arbitration decision. This would emerge from the agony of mutual arguing, and they would formally stay with their opinion that they don't accept the arbitrage.

Ivica Mastruko considers that explosive and nervous relations with other states that surround Croatia come from the Slovenian case. 

Croatia can expect arbitrage with Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and judging by the case with Slovenia, Croatia is not keen of respecting the decisions of the Arbitrary court.

War with BiH regarding Peljesac bridge is the answer of that country to some extent to many years of not solving the border problem, and in another hand, a reflex of the intensive presence of Croatian political leaders in BiH and in the political life.

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This special atmosphere created by Croatian officials in BiH and around BiH provokes obvious nervousness in Bosniak circles, warns a former diplomat who has years of experience.

He is concluding that the relations with Hungary are mostly expected as a consequence of the of the legacy of the past in connection with "Mol" and "Ina" and the investigation of Zsolt Herndi.

But, the fact is that Brussels and other European centers see Croatia as a troublemaker and the source of problems, rather than a constructive European component, concludes Ivica Mastruko. 

Former Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic things that Croatia is in diplomatic defensive from all sides, although they don't have reasons for that. 

She is convinced that the problem with Slovenia should be solved by avoiding fighting and on prime minister level.

(Telegraf.co.uk / Tanjug)

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