13:11 / 11.07.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Parliament expresses deep sympathy with victims of genocide in Srebrenica

Croatian Parliament

Croatian Parliament

Foto: HTV / HRT

The last working week before the two-month summer break has begun in Croatian Parliament. The spring session ends on Friday with a vote on, among other things, no confidence in Minister Gordan Grlić Radman.

Today, on the 27th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, Croatian Parliament observed a minute's silence to express deep sympathy with the victims of that genocide and their relatives.

“Rest in the peace of God,” said Deputy Parliament Speaker Željko Reiner, recalling that in 2009 the Parliament declared July 11 as the Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica.

“The genocide in Srebrenica brought to light all the recklessness and brutality of its perpetrators, just as it exposed all the incompetence of previous international politics and the reluctance to react to the Serb-Chetnik aggression in the area of South-Eastern Europe and the conscious closing of eyes, i.e. turning away from the crime which happened first in Croatia, and then in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” pointed out Reiner.

The genocide in Srebrenica took place in July 1995, in which 8,372 Bosniak men and boys from the area of the Srebrenica enclave were killed by members of the Bosnian Serb army and police.

Parliament supplemented its agenda with a proposal to change the Constitution in the part concerning referendums, the proposal was signed by 92 deputies.

Parliament will discuss amendments to the Law on Travel Documents of Croatian Citizens, which will allow any of the parents, as the child's legal representative, to submit a request and collect their child's passport, which was not possible until now.

With the changes, a child up to the age of 12 will no longer have to be present when applying for a travel document.

This week, the agreement on the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO will be ratified, and the swearing in of the new Minister of Finance, Marko Primorac, is also planned.

The next session will start on September 15 at the earliest and, judging by Radimir Čačić's announcement, the governing coalition will have one member less.

The Croatian Democratic Union’s other partner, the Croatian Pensioner’s Party, is convinced that the possible departure of the Reformists will be easily replaced from the ranks of the opposition.

“It seems to me that it is a scream to spot someone and acknowledge them more strongly, and you took enough time to change the situation. When someone says that something is definite and doesn't do it right away, then you have left room for a possible change. I don't like to comment because it's their business after all,” said Silvano Hrelja, a Croatian Pensioner’s Party MP.

Ivana Kekin from the Club of Representatives of the Green-Left Bloc commented on the announced departure of the Reformists from the governing majority.

“How many times is this that he is leaving the Government? So, we will see, but I also think that this move, even if it were to be implemented, is not particularly dangerous, because we already know that we have a waiting list of representatives, who will be happy to transfer to the governing majority,” said Kekin.

Source: HRT

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