Plenkovic: Milosevic’s Attendance in Knin Is a Very Useful and Good Thing

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ZAGREB, Aug 3, 2020 – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday that Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milosevic’s attendance at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Operation Storm in Knin this week was “a very useful and good thing”.

“The fact that Milosevic will be in Knin on behalf of the SDSS (Independent Democratic Serb Party) is a very useful and good thing for Croatian society, for relations between the Croats and the Serb minority in Croatia, for relations between Croatia and Serbia, and it is also a good message that the modern, contemporary Croatia has completed all its national tasks,” Plenkovic said in an interview with the public broadcaster HRT.

He said that Milosevic’s attendance also showed the government’s unity and the need to face what had happened in the past 30 years.

“Operation Storm is not only the most important victory in the Homeland War, but possibly in Croatian history as well. The operation was legally legitimate, militarily inevitable and politically necessary,” the prime minister stressed.

“Our objective is to change relations in Croatian society and relations with our neighbours for the better, to put them in the right place and in the right temporal and historical context,” he said when asked what kind of cooperation he expected with Serbia after August 5 given its criticism of Milosevic’s decision.

“Twenty-five years have passed since the end of the war and 22 since the peaceful reintegration of the Croatian Danube region. Croatia is a member of the EU and NATO. … We consider this decision to be very good and positive, and I believe that with time Belgrade and the entire political scene will realise why this decision is important and why it is good, useful and the only one possible,” Plenkovic said.

Medved’s attendance at Grubori commemoration an important political gesture

Plenkovic said that the attendance of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Tomo Medved at a commemoration in Grubori, scheduled for later this month to pay tribute to Serbs killed in that village by Croatian forces, was an important political gesture of the Croatian government.

“The fact that Tomo Medved, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, a Croatian Army general, and the commander of the Tigers Brigade, is willing to go to Grubori to make a civilisational gesture on the government’s behalf and pay tribute to the victims is an important political gesture of the Croatian government,” he said.

“This is good and this is no trade-off. We are now transforming the relations and putting them on a sound basis. There is no political trade-off, we did not think about it or discuss it when we were forming the parliamentary majority. This is a normal course of events as we and I personally see them 25 years after Operation Storm,” he added.

Plenkovic said he was pleased that General Ante Gotovina would also speak in Knin. “The fact that the general will speak there is very good for Croatia. We remember his messages after he returned from The Hague, when he said that the war is over and we should turn to the future. I am confident that he too shares the approach we have taken for the 25th anniversary of Operation Storm,” Plenkovic said, stressing that all members of his cabinet would be in Knin on August 5.

He reiterated that the ethnic minorities should always be with the government and the governing majority. “They are part of our political heritage of the past 30 years and should make their contribution to Croatia’s future. We will cooperate with the ethnic minorities, there is no political doubt about it, and I think it is good and useful.”

Active autumn for government

Plenkovic said that the government was bracing for an active autumn, adding that the tax burden on private citizens and businesses would be further eased.

The tax reforms will enter into force on January 1, as has been the case before, and will represent the continuity of the policy to relieve the tax burden on the citizens and businesses, the PM said.

Speaking of the minimum wage and its increase, he said that a decision on this would be made by early November at the latest.


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