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    VATICAN, Jan 17 (Hina) – Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader said in the Vatican on Wednesday that Italy had not made any demand for a revision of the Osimo Agreements and the Rome Treaty on compensation for the property of Italian refugees and that if it did, Croatia would say no.

    Sanader was commenting on media allegations that Italian PM Romano Prodi wanted to change those agreements.

    Citing the Trieste-based Il Piccolo newspaper, Croatian daily Jutarnji List said today that Prodi had told a recent press conference in Ljubljana that he intended to change, in cooperation with Slovenia and Croatia, the 1975 Osimo Agreements and the 1983 Rome Treaty on financial compensation for the nationalised property of Italian citizens in Zone B of the former Free Territory of Trieste.

    Commenting on Prodi’s alleged statement, Sanader said Italy had not made any demand for revising those agreements.

    He said that no Italian government to date had requested that, either Prodi’s incumbent or Silvio Berlusconi’s previous one.

    “Even if they requested that, our answer would be a resolute no. International treaties have to be honoured, including those from Osimo and Rome. Those agreements will not be revised.”

    Sanader said he would discuss with Prodi only how Croatia would pay back the money it owed in line with succession to the former socialist Yugoslavia. He recalled that Croatia owed Italians who left Croatia at the end of World War Two about USD35 million without interest.

    “We expect to find a model with the Italian government to pay because we want to. We are just waiting to agree on the method of payment,” he said, adding that Croatia had excellent relations with Italy and that this outstanding issue would be settled soon.


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