IDS leader talks with Milanovic, says status of Istria priority


The leader of the Istrian Democratic Party (IDS), Boris Miletic, held talks in Zagreb on Wednesday with the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Zoran Milanovic, on a possible post-election coalition, saying that the first condition for a coalition was the autonomy of Istria as a region and that other conditions concerned decentralisation and projects of vital importance for Istria, the IDS said in a statement.

“This was only the beginning of talks and the first in a number of meetings. The talks were positive and constructive. We will be able to speak about an agreement only when we agree on our conditions, concrete deadlines and when we are given a convincing guarantee that the agreement will be honoured. The starting point for any talks is Istria as an independent region, and all the other conditions concern decentralisation and key projects in Istria,” the statement quoted Miletic as saying after today’s meeting with Milanovic on a possible coalition between the SDP-led Croatia Is Growing coalition and the IDS-led coalition which also comprises the Primorje-Gorski Kotar Alliance and the RI independent slate for Rijeka.

“There is no backing down on the decentralisation demand. Decentralisation is the linchpin of our platform and I am glad that we have managed to make it the No. 1 issue in the country. The IDS-PGS-RI coalition cares about its credibility and will not betray its citizens’ trust,” said Miletic, stressing that the support of his coalition to the left-wing coalition Croatia Is Growing was not unconditional and that the conditions set at the beginning were clear and remained the same.

“The IDS-PGS-RI coalition has earned the trust of a large number of citizens and it has become the fourth political camp in Croatia even though it ran in only one constituency. We consider credibility and consistency in the fight for the interests of our regions to be of the utmost importance,” the IDS-PGS-RI coalition said in the statement.

The IDS won three seats in the 151-seat legislature in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.