Prime Minister Andrej Plenković commented on an incident that took place on Saturday whereby a Serbian Army delegation was denied entry into Croatia for failing to follow international protocol.
The government delegation, led by the prime minister, was in Solin on Sunday for the Christian feast celebrating the birth of the Virgin Mary. Tensions were high following an attempt by aSerbian delegation to enter Croatia unannounced, for what they said was a commemoration for the Serb victims at the Jasenovac Camp from the Second World War.
Prime Minister Plenković said Croatia reacted to the incident exactly how "a serious government leading a serious country would react in the face of a provocation." He added that the Serbian delegation had "failed to announce their arrival in a dignified, protocol-respecting and law-abiding manner." He said that Croatia reacted to the provocation firmly and according to the rule of law.
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Damir Krstičević said that Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić and Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin must understand that it was "no longer 1991," when Serbian soldiers entered Croatia at will. He said that the Serbian authorities chose to disregard protocol despite being were well aware of the existing procedure.
"If they indeed had the intention of commemorating or paying respect to victims, Ovčara should have been part of their program," said Veterans' Affairs Minister Tomo Medved, in reference to the mass graves at Ovčara near Vukovar. "If, in the future, they want to commemorate victims," said Medved, "they should pay their respects to the victims they are responsible for: the victims of the ideology and policies of a Greater Serbia, and their paramilitary units."
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