Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava holding a copy of the Vukovar city statute, printed in Cyrillic script. (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL) Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava holding a copy of the Vukovar city statute, printed in Cyrillic script. (Photo: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL)

Mayor Ivan Penava presented the conclusion which states that conditions have not been met to introduce special rights on the equal use of the Serbian minority's language and script in Vukovar.

Councillors from the Independent Democratic Serb Party gave him a copy of the city statute, printed in Cyrillic script, which he tossed on the floor.

“As far as the overall session of the City Council is concerned, this is a trial, everything was organized as a trial, a trial of the Serbian community, the Serbian people, members of the Serbian national minority, in Vukovar and the entire Republic of Croatia,” said Deputy Vukovar Mayor Marijan Pavliček.

“2 717 people, with names and last names were killed here in 1991. After all of that, you bring us a gift of the Vukovar City Statute in Cyrillic. Have you no shame? 2 717 of your fellow citizens,” said Deputy Vukovar Mayor Srđan Milaković.

“All of this was expected, this departure and this charade beforehand, when any side does not have strong arguments and aren't mature enough to represent and defend their stances, then naturally they resort to a media circus. As the level of argumentation drops the tone in communication rises,” said Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava.

The decision by the Vukovar City Council was commented on by the President of the Constitutional Court, Miroslav Šeparović. In a written reply he said that he expects the decision by the Constitutional Court to be respected and that the government ensures its implementation. He will wait for the decision by the Vukovar City Council and their explanation, after which he will decide on further action.

The Constitutional Court has called on respect for the constitution and laws, and for dialog, mutual respect and tolerance, along with a calming of tensions.

Source: HRT