Vienna, 3 October 2005 Press release

Plassnik: “Hats off to Croatia!“


Foreign Minister Plassnik congratulates Croatia on full cooperation with The Hague War Crimes Tribunal

Vienna, 3 October 2005 - "I would like to congratulate Croatia on this remarkable success of the rule of law and its efforts to transform society", said Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik today on the sidelines of the EU Council of Foreign Ministers and after the meeting of the Croatia Task Force in Luxembourg. Shortly before this, Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte had confirmed that Croatia was cooperating fully with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Ivo Sanader and his team had shown great commitment and consistent work, continued Plassnik. In doing so, he had set an encouraging example for both the Croatian people and the entire region.

This also represented a milestone in the close trilateral cooperation between the European Union, Croatia, and the UN International Criminal Tribunal. Under difficult conditions, the Croatian Prime Minister had set a remarkable example of his capacity for political motivation and his ability to assert himself, concluded Plassnik.