Serbian envoy kneels before Ovčara memorial in Vukovar

Paying respects to war victims and peace as a way of living always go together and anyone trying to separate the two is “seriously and unchristianly wrong,” Serb National Council president Milorad Pupovac said in Vukovar. [Shutterstock/Ajdin Kamber]

Political representatives of the Serb minority were present on Tuesday in Vukovar to remember the city’s fall and occupation following the aggression started by the former Yugoslav army in 1991.

Paying respects to war victims and peace as a way of living always go together and anyone trying to separate the two is “seriously and unchristianly wrong,” Serb National Council president Milorad Pupovac said in Vukovar.

“I am here with the deputy prime minister and until recently president of the SNV, Boris Milosevic, to show that regardless of when and where we lay wreaths we do not divide the victims, we do not separate them,” he added while referring to all the victims as “our own.”

The Serbian president’s special envoy Veran Matic said he had come to Vukovar to pay respects to the victims, adding that he would be in the Remembrance Procession on Wednesday. 

“I think it is very important for us to show respect for the victims and solidarity with the victims’ families,” said the Serbian president’s special envoy, Veran Matic, who came to Vukovar to pay his respects to the victims and confirmed he would be at the Remembrance Procession on Wednesday. “Joint commemorations like this can only help” in locating the missing persons, Matic added.

“I very much regret what happened to this town and its residents during the war years,” Matic said. After laying a wreath at the Ovcara war memorial, he knelt and prayed.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said in Vukovar on Tuesday that his government would persevere in the policy of interethnic reconciliation, co-existence and focusing on the future, noting that this policy was supported by 95% of Croatian citizens.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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