Based on guidance from the Croatian Public Health Institute on compliance with coronavirus restrictions, it has been assessed that the Knin stadium is the best place to organise a dignified commemoration of this important date in our recent history while respecting the epidemiological measures, Medved told a press conference after a meeting of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and relevant cabinet ministers with representatives of the association of retired Croatian army generals.
Before the commemoration, senior state officials will lay wreaths in front of the monument to the casualties and the 1991-1995 Homeland War.
Asked whether he expected representatives of the Serb minority to attend, after Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milošević of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS) attended last year’s ceremony, Medved said that an agreement had not yet been reached as to which cabinet members would be attending.
Reporters were also interested in hearing whether anyone from the Croatian Defence Force (HOS), the paramilitary arm of the right-wing Croatian Party of Rights, would attend, Medved said that the position of the Council for Facing the Past was clear and that all components of the Croatian army and police, as well as associations of Homeland War veterans and casualties, would be invited to attend that important anniversary.
Miljavac: The problem is that young people are being recruited with HOS insignia
The head of the association of retired army generals, Pavao Miljavac, said that the association supports the idea for the commemoration to be held at the stadium due to the COVID-19 situation.
As for HOS’s participation in the war, Miljavac said that its members need to be honoured as they went to defend Croatia without any ideology.
“The problem to me is that young people, 19 or 20 year olds, are again being recruited with HOS insignia,” said Miljavac and quoted the late president Franjo Tuđman as saying: “Had we continued down that path, Croatia would hardly have been recognised.”
During the meeting, the participants discussed disagreements over the Civilian Casualties of the Homeland War Act.
Miljavac underscored that the minister assured them that the law would be implemented in such a way that it will minimise any possible abuse of the law.
“Strict coordination will be conducted between the Interior Ministry and Croatian defenders. We have a list of who was where – almost 95%, so that it will be strictly implemented, and there shouldn’t be any abuse,” he said.
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