Prime Minister Andrej Plenković attended a commemoration for the nine Serb civilians who were killed in Varivode in the aftermath of 1995’s Operation Storm, expressing sympathy for those whose lives Croatia had failed to protect and describing the crime as an insult to modern Croatia and human dignity.
Plenković said that the act was a betrayal of those ideals most Croatian war veterans had been fighting for, including Serbs who had honourably fought for a free, democratic and tolerant Croatia in which all its citizens would be equal, regardless of ethnic origin, religious or political beliefs.
“Wars start with the unearthing of graves and end with their closing. They begin with harsh words that incite animosity and hate, and they end when those words quiet down,” said Serb National Council (SNV) president and Serb minority MP Milorad Pupovact.
Deputy Prime Minister Boris Milosević from Serbian Party SNSD in charge of social affairs and human rights, said that the PM attending the commemoration for Serb civilian victims in Varivode was a strong symbolic gesture and that those victims, too, deserved empathy and respect. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)