Croatia’s hopes of getting its own EU membership negotiations started hinge on a review of its cooperation with the U.N. war crimes tribunal. Based on the latest findings, the EU may decide now to go ahead with Zagreb. Prime Minister Ivo Sanader has won praise for his country’s efforts in other areas. EuroNews spoke to him this week in Strasbourg.
“My government is doing its utmost in order to resolve this case of general Gotovina. In that sense, we have done until this moment everything in our power to achieve this goal.” The EU will base any decision on the findings of chief U.N. prosecutor Carla del Ponte. So far she has accused a support network within the Croatian state of protecting ex-general Ante Gotovina. Last week she accused the Roman Catholic Church of sheltering Gotovina in a Franciscan monastery. He is charged with crimes against humanity in 1995 while fighting rebel Croatian Serb forces. Zagreb had been due to begin EU membership talks last March. They were called off over Gotovina.