Croatian Foreign Minister: Hatemongers in Serbia again active

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac on Monday dismissed the latest accusations from Serbian Labour Minister Aleksandar Vulin who compared the situation in Croatia with that in the World War II Nazi-styled Independent State of Croatia (NDH), saying that on-call hatemongers in Serbia were again active.

"On-call hatemongers in the neighbourhood are again speaking, they again want to meddle in Croatia's internal affairs and change the history," Kovac said in a comment on Vulin's accusing Croatian Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic of turning Croatia into the NDH.

Orepic said recently that if all false residence registrations were deleted, the share of the Serb minority in the local population in Vukovar would drop to below 30% and the minority would lose the right to the equal official use of its language and the Cyrillic script.

"Time will come when Serbia will have to realise what was done in its name in the 1990s, that the war was not fought on its territory, and until that happens, it won't be good," Kovac told reporters in Sinj, in the Split hinterland, where he attended events marking the Feast of the Assumption.

Kovac said that Serbia had a chance to "change itself" in the process of talks on accession to the EU, notably regarding the policy chapter No. 23, which refers to the judiciary.

"Serbia will have to change its law (on universal jurisdiction for war crimes) and it will not be able to act as a mini Hague tribunal," said Kovac.

"It will also have to look for missing persons and their remains in cooperation with us. It will have to cooperate with our courts and hand over people who have been indicted," Kovac said.

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