Croatian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Del Vechio (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL) Croatian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Del Vechio (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL)

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has said in a statement that the Ministry was not informed of Ambassador Ivan Del Vechio’s trip to Banja Luka for a reception on the occasion of the unconstitutional Republic of Srpska Day and they will investigate in detail how this happened.

“The Ministry sharply condemns the decorating of former Yugoslav People’s Army officer Slavko Lisica, who has been convicted in Croatia for war crimes committed in the Šibenik area in 1991. At the request of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić called Ambassador Del Vechio to Zagreb for consultations,” said the statement.

As a commander of armoured and artillery units within the Knin corps in September of 1991, on the basis of an order by Ratko Mladić, Lisica ordered an artillery attack on Šibenik.

Medved and Krstičević condemned the Croatian ambassador’s trip to Banja Luka

Two Croatian ministers, Tomo Medved and Damir Krstičević condemned the attendance of the Croatian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Del Vechio at the event.

“It was an inappropriate action, especially taking into account the fact that at that event a war criminal was decorated, who was convicted of grave war crimes in the Republic of Croatia,” Veterans Minister Medved told reporters ahead of today’s government cabinet session.

“It is shameful. I would never do that,” added Minister of Defence Damir Krstičević.

In Banja Luka authorities in the Republic of Srpska once again organized on Wednesday celebrations marking the “Day of the Republic,” even though in 2015 the Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitutional Court declared the holiday to be discriminating against Croats and Bosniacs.

Almost all foreign diplomats boycotted the celebration, however the Croatian Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Ivan Del Vechio attended along with the president of the Croatian Democratic Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Čović.

Source: HRT