The SDP-led government of Zoran Milanović introduced the use of Serbian Cyrillic in Vukovar in spite of widespread concerns that the census, on the basis of which the legal minimum 30 percent minority population required for introducing the official use of a foreign language was achieved, was illegitimate.
Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava held a press conference today at which he expressed his dissatisfaction with the Constitutional Court's ruling regarding the official use of the Serbian language and Cyrillic script in that city. He reminded that the Serb minority in Vukovar has for years enjoyed the same rights as Croatians and that documents in Serbian Cyrillic are submitted to Serb council members without any problems. He concluded that until all of the unresolved issues that arose in 1991 during the Serb and JNA siege of the city and the aggression against Croatia in the 1990’s are finally resolved, Vukovar will not be ready for such major changes.
"If the victims of the Homeland War have been waiting for justice for 28 years, an incomprehensible 28 years, and there are many who never lived to witness that justice, then, in this country in which we swear by the Homeland War, our veterans and Vukovar, you will have to understand that everyone else will have to wait until our people see the day that justice is finally delivered and until the city of Vukovar finds its peace," Penava said.
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