Croatian MPs receive family of Slovak peacekeeper killed in 1990s war

The chairman of the Croatian Parliament Committee on War Veterans' Affairs, Miodrag Demo, on Monday received the family of the late Slovak peace-keeper Igor Riga, who was killed near the central Croatian town of Licki Osik in 1993 while serving with the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).

Slovakia and the Czech Republic parted ways peacefully, but Croatia was not given such an opportunity, Demo said at the talks with the dead soldier's mother, Eva Rigova. He also stressed that war was the worst calamity that could hit the mankind.

Mrs Rigova thanked all who fostered the memories of his son.

Croatian war veterans helped the Union of Slovak war veterans to locate the site where peacekeeper Riga was killed and a memorial plaque in his tribute was set up.

UNPROFOR was the first United Nations peacekeeping force in Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the wars in the 1990s.

The representative of ethnic Slovaks and Czechs in the Croatian Parliament, Vladimir Bilek, said today that the Slovak contingent of UNPROFOR had participated in the reconstruction of infrastructure destroyed during the Serb aggression, apart from serving as peacekeepers.

Last update: Mon, 09/05/2016 - 13:56

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