The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs has sent a diplomatic note to the Serbian embassy in Zagreb, in which protest is expressed over the unveiling of a monument at the Serbian military base in Novi Sad on November 8th, 2019, to Mladen Bratić, the commander of former Yugoslav People’s Army forces and Serbian paramilitary forces during the attack on Vukovar.
With the protest note the Republic of Croatia condemned the act and reiterated that it expects the Republic of Serbia and its institutions to reject policies that relativize and glorify crimes, which additionally insult victims of the Serbian aggression against the Republic of Croatia. The Republic of Serbia was once again called to focus on the process of facing its own past and role in wars that it started in the 1990’s.
With the protest note the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs once again pointed out the unacceptability of such decisions and acts by Serbian authorities, which are in contract to efforts by the Republic of Croatia to, regardless of the recent aggression by the Republic of Serbia and the former Yugoslav People’s Army against Croatia, build good neighborly relations.
Grlić Radman: Unveiling of the commemorative plaque is scandalous
“I sharply condemn it if it even happens. It is known that that man, actually he’s a war criminal, died while committing an act of aggression, attacking another country, our country,” said Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman.
“The fact that a monument is being unveiled in Novi Sad to a man that was a commander in Vukovar in which 2200 people were killed will be the topic of a formal protest to Serbia and I told this to Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Geneva where he was taking part in the World Economic Forum.