The president wrote this on Facebook, reacting to Plenković’s comment on his proposal that the anniversary of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm be commemorated in other cities besides Knin.
Milanović accused Plenković of “denigrating the proposal to commemorate Operation Storm in other cities in which heroic battles were fought in the Homeland War, and not only in Knin, declaring himself – with the words ‘many of us look at Knin differently’ – almost a war commander,” Milanović wrote.
The president added that the initiative to commemorate Operation Storm “also where hundreds of Croatian defenders were killed, near Petrinja and Glina, for instance, was proposed to him by war generals and commanders who fought liberation battles”.
Asked by the RTL commercial broadcaster to comment on President Zoran Milanović’s proposal to commemorate anniversaries of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm in Knin every five years and to commemorate the anniversary in Glina this year, Plenković said on Wednesday he didn’t know about it, but he found “the repeated use of double criteria particularly indicative”.
“He constantly talks about Knin as some kind of train station, a barracks. Many of us look at Knin differently, at its role, at Zvonimir’s City, at the Knin Fortress, at the symbolism of the flag at the Knin Fortress. Those are different views,” Plenković said, referring to the turbulent history of that Dalmatian region.
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