PM Kosor addresses election issues in interview with Nova TV
In an interview with the Nova TV commercial television, Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor said on Monday evening the government would do everything that it could do at this moment for Djakovstina workers, announcing the arrival of Economy Minister Petar Cobankovic to Djakovo.
"I understand the difficult position and the situation of the Djakovstina workers, but the fact is that the government is doing what it can at this moment. Minister Cobankovic will most definitely visit Djakovo again and in the meantime he is searching for a solution which is not simple," Kosor said, adding that she would discuss this important issue with Cobankovic already on Monday evening.
Asked about the the elections, which constituency she would run in and if she was afraid to run again Zoran Milanovic of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Constituency No. 1, Kosor said: "Do I look like I'm afraid?", adding that nobody in her Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) knew yet which constituency they would run in. "I think that in this moment, this is irrelevant. We are at the helm of the government and we have a job to do until the parliament is dissolved, but also as a technical government, until the election," Kosor said.
Asked if the HDZ had crossed the line of good taste in the election campaign with statements by deputy Josip Djakic, Kosor said she wanted the campaign to be at the level of mutual respect.
At an HDZ rally in Osijek last week, Djakic said that seeing the names of the Opposition leaders, he thought that a Serbian rather than a Croatian government was being formed.
"He could have gone without saying that and I am not happy about it. But I am also not happy about daily insults against the HDZ and me personally," Kosor said.
Asked if she was prepared to answer election questions on TV together with Opposition leader Zoran Milanovic, Kosor said. "Always, if the election regulations will allow it."
Asked if her HDZ still claims that President Ivo Josipovic is the leader of the opposition, Kosor said President Josipovic often spoke in a way which could be interpreted very clearly that he is rooting for the opposition in the coming elections.
Asked why the HDZ in the election campaign insisted on topics such as "Yugosphere" and "Red Croatia" and if that was Croatia's biggest problem, Kosor answered in the negative. "However, the problems is that some people do not wish to forget the past and everything that had happened in Croatia, this is why we have different opinions on the government-sponsored bill to invalidate the legal acts of the former Yugoslavia and Serbia relating to the 1991-1995 Homeland War."
Speaking about corruption, Kosor said the HDZ is entirely open for the fight against corruption, adding that opposition parties gathered in a coalition with the SDP were not.