Monday, December 19, 2016

Chocolate war in Croatia

“The president of Croatia has issued a public apology for handing out packages of sweets that included Serbia-made chocolate to children in Dubrovnik, the ancient Adriatic Sea resort attacked and damaged by the Serb-led Yugoslav army in 1991.

“President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’s made the apology under pressure from Croatian nationalists.

“But Serb politicians responded with anger to her gesture, calling for a boycott of Croatian goods in Serbia. Some even demanded cutting ties between the two neighboring countries.

“Grabar Kitarovic said she was ‘unpleasantly surprised’ to learn the packages distributed in Dubrovnik this week included the Serbian chocolate product after the children’s parents complained.

“’We will apologize to parents and replace the chocolate with Croatian products,’ Grabar Kitarovic said Wednesday.

Of course, it takes two to make a war, and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said: “I’m unaware that Croatia has declared war on us.”

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