Serbia will have to face what it was done in its name during the 1990s in Croatia, says Minister Kovač.
Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miro Kovač rejected on Monday the latest accusations made by Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin who compared the current situation in Croatia with the times of the Independent State of Croatia, which was a Nazi-puppet state from 1941 to 1945 when atrocities against Serbs were committed, reports Večernji List on August 15, 2016.
“Regular instigators can again be heard from our neighbourhood, those who again want to interfere in internal affairs of Croatia and who want to change history”, said Minister Kovač, commenting on Vulin’s statement who accused Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepić of turning Croatia into the Independent State of Croatia.
Orepić said recently that, if Croatia were to erase from registers all people who are officially registered as living in Vukovar but actually do not live there, the Serbian minority’s share in Vukovar would fall below 30 percent and they would lose the right to have Serbian signs written in Cyrillic alphabet on government buildings.
“There will come a time when Serbia will have to face what was done in its name during the 1990s, that the war was not waged on its territory but on the Croatian territory”, said Kovač in a statement to reporters. According to him, Serbia will have to face itself and its role in the wars on the territory of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Slovenia.
Asked by a reporter about the impression that Serbian politicians were increasingly accusing Croatia while Croatian diplomacy remained silent, Minister Kovač said that Croatian diplomacy was very clear. “Serbia should deal with itself”, added Kovač. He pointed out that Serbia had a chance “to change itself” as part of the EU accession process. “Everything that is important for Croatia has been included in the process. Therefore, Serbia will have to change its law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia”, said Kovač.
“It will also have to search together with us for missing persons and their remains. They will have to cooperate with our courts and extradite those people who have been accused”, said Kovač. He concluded that it was positive for Croatia that Serbia has started the process of getting closer to the EU and fulfilling all the obligations which are connected with Croatia as well.