Vukovar Protest in Government’s Focus

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ZAGREB, September 22, 2018 – The leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party and Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Friday evening that the party’s main committee had concluded by consensus that all war crimes that had occurred in Croatia should be investigated, notably those in Vukovar and Ovćara, but that it did not want the protest Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava planned to hold in that town over inefficiency in war crimes prosecution to be politicised or manipulated.

Speaking to reporters after the HDZ Main Committee held a session in the eastern municipality of Karanac, Plenković said they had discussed the start of the new parliamentary session, key economic issues, reforms, party activities and the planned Vukovar protest.

“After a very thorough debate, we decided by consensus that the party’s position is that all war crimes that happened in Croatia should be investigated, notably those committed in Vukovar and at Ovčara, within appropriate legal procedures and by the relevant agencies that are independent of politics and the government and those are police, prosecutors and courts,” said Plenković.

“At the same time, we do not want the protest to be politicised, manipulated or used for some other end, because we have full understanding for and empathise with victims of the Homeland War, war veterans and the families of people killed or gone missing in the war,” said the prime minister.

Asked by reporters who was trying to manipulate the protest, he said: “I think that we could already see in the past few days who was the first to support the protest and who possibly wants to use it for scoring political points.”


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