Milorad Pupovac (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL) Milorad Pupovac (Photo: Patrik Macek/PIXSELL)

Pupovac called a press conference earlier in the day to discuss his party's status within the ruling coalition as well as address inflammatory remarks he made recently in which he compared the modern state of Croatia to the Nazi-allied Independent State of Croatia (NDH).

"The SDSS Presidency will discuss what we have discussed with our coalition partners, including the prime minister. It is up to the party's Presidency to decide what to do," Pupovac said at the press conference held in the Parliament building.

Commenting on his statement that had caused so much public outrage, Pupovac said that he was well aware of the difference between modern Croatia and the NDH, adding that was precisely why he's been in Croatian politics for the past three decades.

At the same time, the Serb minority leader in parliament said he would not be offering an apology for his remarks.

"As for my apology, in this country I have been called different names which in my opinion do not signify what I am or what my party is. I am not a Četnik, but I will never ask for an apology from those who say that. I am not and will never be a Četnik," said Pupovac.

Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said on Tuesday that it would be good for society as a whole if the SDSS leader explained or retracted his statement in which he compared Croatia to the Independent State of Croatia that existed during the Second World War.

Jandroković added it was difficult for him to understand how a member of the Croatian Parliament could draw a parallel between Croatian, a member of NATO and the European Union, and the NDH.

Source: HRT