Serb refugees start taking inventory of their property

The Alliance of Serbs from the Region (SSR) will on Tuesday start to take an inventory of the property of Serb refugees and other citizens of Serbia that has been appropriated, damaged, destroyed or inadequately sold and exchanged in Slovenia, Croatia and the Bosniak-Croat entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian public broadcaster RTS said.

The campaign will last until 15 March 2016, after which the SSR will inform international organisations of its findings.

"The SSR will demand, first and foremost, that the EU and its institutions -- the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission -- exert pressure on Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia to honour the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms," the organisation said on its website.

Croatia will be urged to meet its obligations under the EU Accession Treaty and Bosnia and Herzegovina to honour Annex 7 to the Dayton Peace Agreement relating to the return of property owned by war refugees and displaced persons.

SSR chairman Miodrag Linta said that the existing list of property, compiled nearly 20 years ago, was outdated and incorrect, estimating the total value of the property at 30 billion US dollars.

Property inventory forms are available on the SSR website only and all the data will be entered in a common register and translated into English as a single document.

"We expect the international community to exert pressure on Sarajevo, Zagreb and Ljubljana to meet their obligations because it is unacceptable that even after 20 years the issue of property and other fundamental rights of displaced persons has not been settled," Linta said.

Last update: Tue, 15/12/2015 - 14:16

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