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Government says Radosevic wasn't mentioned at Merkel-Kosor talks

ZAGREB, Feb 5 (Hina) - The Croatian Government's public relations office has refuted media allegations that during talks between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor in Berlin on Wednesday there was any mention of the name Ivan Radosevic.

The office on Friday dismissed the media report about Radosevic being mentioned at the Merkel-Kosor talks as untrue.

The German chancellor and the Croatian premier "held substantial and very useful talks about the most important political and economic topics in the relations between the two friendly countries," read a statement from the government's public relations office.

Earlier on Friday, the office issued another statement in connection with media reports that Radosevic, accused of white collar crime in Croatia, attended Kosor's speech at an event organised by the Konrad Adenauer foundation in Berlin,

The office said that "the Prime Minister does not know the person mentioned nor did she know that he was in the audience."

A few years ago Croatia issued an international warrant for Radosevic's arrest on charges of involvement in abuse of office and murky business dealings.

Therefore, the organisers of the event at which Kosor gave her speech were requested to investigate allegations that Radosevic attended the event. Croatia has also made contacts with relevant German institutions that are investigating the circumstances of the event, the government's public relations office said, adding that German agencies were in charge of Kosor's safety during her official visit to Berlin.

The office reiterates the importance of Kosor's visit and her talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel which it says have contributed to the further development of political and economic relations between the two countries.

According to a daily in Croatia, Ivan Radosevic, who holds a majority stake in the Autotrans company, attended Kosor's lecture at the Konrad Adenauer foundation in Berlin on Wednesday. An international warrant which Croatia issued for his arrest is still in force, the daily said.