25th anniversary of occupation of Berak marked

Wreaths were laid and candles lit in Berak near the eastern town of Vukovar on Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the occupation of that village by the former Yugoslav Army and Serb paramilitaries on September 2, 1991.

During the occupation of the village, some of the gravest crimes in the 1991-95 Homeland War were committed.

Berak community head Tatjana Penavic said 54 villagers had been killed, of whom 10 were still being traced, in the military aggression.

Villagers were killed in the streets, in their houses, their bodies were thrown into water wells and they were tortured in a camp that was set up soon after the occupation of the village.

"Unfortunately, criminals responsible for the crimes in Berak have not been brought to justice," said outgoing Economy Minister Tomislav Panenic, himself a resident of Berak.

He said that dealing with war crimes was a priority for any Croatian government.

"If we do not do it ourselves, (Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar) Vucic and (Serbian President Tomislav) Nikolic will never acknowledge the existence of the camp, because no one has been convicted for those crimes," said Panenic.

Last update: Sat, 03/09/2016 - 09:05


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