Medved: We Have Been Given Mandate to Build Tolerant Society

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Screenshot | Nova TV
Screenshot | Nova TV

Screenshot | Nova TV

ZAGREB, July 31, 2020 – Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Tomo Medved said on Friday he was glad that all cabinet ministers would attend the central commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Operation Storm in Knin, adding that the government had been given a mandate by the people to build a tolerant society.

“There are a lot of commemorations and anniversaries before us. Twenty-five years after the Homeland War, the government was given a mandate by the people to build relations in society that is based on tolerance, on honouring all victims (of the war), especially civilian victims, and we will continue working towards that end,” Medved told the N1 television channel.

Asked if this was a sort of trade-off because he would attend a commemoration for the Serb victims of war in the village of Grubori, while Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milosevic, who is an ethnic Serb, would attend the celebration of the Operation Storm anniversary in Knin, Medved declined to comment.

“The prime minister made a clear statement yesterday and there is no need for further comment,” Medved said, adding that he was glad that the whole cabinet would be in Knin on August 5.

“Every autumn when anniversaries of grave war crimes come, it is our obligation to remember all those people, give them our respects and build the future on that basis. Too many years have passed since the Homeland War, the same wounds are being reopened all the time, and now our government has the mandate to establish such relations on the basis of which we will build a society of tolerance and respect and one that has a future,” the minister said.

He said that the 25th anniversary of Operation Storm, which crushed a Serb armed insurgency in central and southern Croatia in August 1995 and effectively brought the war to an end, was a great day for the Croatian society and people.

“Every year before the anniversary, emotions run high as we think of our fallen Croatian defenders and everyone who made a sacrifice in this magnificent, brilliant and heroic victory, the greatest in the Croatian history,” Medved said.


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