“Today we are remembering the sacrifice of Vukovar and Škabrnja – places that we have rebuilt, as well as the victims of the Homeland War, which we won. We will never forget the sacrifice of Croatian defenders who built their lives into the very foundations of Croatia’s freedom and democracy. Today we remember the brutal crimes and the Great Serbian aggression, the thousands of victims and the immense pain and suffering,” the minister said in his address to members of the Croat community, as stated by the Foreign Ministry.
Grlić Radman added that over the past 30 years Croatia had made great progress from the fight for survival and international recognition in the 1990s to a modern country whose flag and coat-of-arms were recognised around the world.
Speaking of the Croat community in Canada, which according to the last census numbers 130,000, Grlić Radman said that Croats had enriched the Canadian society with their culture and customs, thanking them for what they had done and were doing for Croatia, notably after last year’s earthquake in the area of Petrinja.
The minister will continue his visit to Canada by attending a security forum in Halifax on Friday and Saturday.