War Veterans Ministry Distances Itself From Envoy’s Statement

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Image: Tomo Medved/Facebook screenshot
Image: Tomo Medved/Facebook screenshot

On 10 April 1941 the establishment of the Nazi-allied Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was proclaimed.

“We emphasise that Mr Raos gave the statement on his behalf and not on behalf of the Ministry and we distance ourselves from it,” the ministry said, noting that Raos had not been scheduled to speak at the event.

Earlier on Sunday, during a ceremony at which wreaths were laid at a memorial to members of the HOS 9th Battalion “Rafael vitez Boban” killed in the 1991-95 Homeland War, Raos said: “You have to know, if it had not been for 10 April 1941, today’s Croatia would not exist.”

The War Veterans Ministry said Raos’ address at the event had not been envisaged in the first place, and that he was supposed to just lay a wreath and light a candle.

The ministry’s response ensued after earlier today the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP) condemned Raos’ statement and called on the government and the ministry to distance themselves from it.

For more, check out our politics section.


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