Croatia's prime minister goes to Serbia Monday, the first visit by a Croatian head of government since the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Sanader told reporters in Zagreb Sunday, he hopes the Belgrade trip will be a key step in normalizing relations between the two neighbors following the conflicts of the 1990's.

The landmark visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral economic, political and financial ties. During his one-day trip, Mr. Sanader is scheduled to hold talks with his Serbian counterpart, Vojislav Kostunica, and President of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic.

The discussions are expected to focus on a wide range of issues, including the protection of ethnic minorities and technical and scientific cooperation.