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Croatian president Ivo Josipovic to visit Germany despite threat

Author: VOANews Date: Wed, Jan 19 2011 3519 Views
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Croatian President Ivo Josipovic says he will visit Germany this week, despite the delivery of a hand grenade and threatening letter to the Croatian embassy in Berlin.

Mr. Josipovic said Tuesday the threat came from political extremists who do not care about democracy, Croatia's progress, or the nation's efforts to join the European Union.

The letter and grenade were delivered to Croatia's Berlin embassy Monday. German media report the letter threatened the Croatian president for efforts to mend ties with Serbia.

The two nations fought a war in the early 1990's but have since worked to mend diplomatic relations. The letter reportedly sought revenge for a Croatian policeman who was said to be the first casualty of the Serbo-Croatian war.

The Croatian president is set to begin a three-day visit to Germany Wednesday.


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