Serbia and RS to commemorate expulsion of Serbs

Serbia and the Serb Republic (RS) will on August 4 together commemorate the anniversary of the 1995 expulsion of ethnic Serbs from Croatia.

Source: Tanjug

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced this on Thursday during a joint news conference in Belgrade with the president of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina (RS), Milorad Dodik.

"We will commemorate the plight of our people in a dignified way, without calling for revenge or conflicts, but life and understanding the past," Vucic said.

Vucic announced the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first prisoners in the Gradina section of the WWII Jasenovac death camp, ran by the Ustasha regime of the fascist Independent State of Croatia (NDH) would also be commemorated on August 19.

Vucic said that he would visit the Herzegovina part of the RS in August to see how Serbia could help its economic development.

The discussions with Dodik on further improvement of cooperation and relations between the entity and Serbia were good, Vucic said, noting that joint projects were progressing well.

Milorad Dodik said in Belgrade on Thursday that the RS had Serbia's full support in terms of its stability, thanking Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and President Tomislav Nikolic for their readiness to discuss all matters affecting the entity.

At a press conference with Vucic, Dodik thanked the Serbian prime minister for enabling him to meet with Germany's agriculture minister, who was in Serbia at Chancellor Angela Merkel's behest.

It was an excellent meeting, Dodik said, adding that Germany should be trusted about its expressions of willingness to assist Bosnia-Herzegovina - including the RS - on the European path.

He said that he had discussed many joint projects with Vucic.

Commenting on the July 11 commemoration of the Srebrenica crime, Dodik said Serbs in the RS and Serbia had never denied that a crime had happened there.

However, the insistence that what happened there was genocide is telling us that Srebrenica has become completely politicized, he noted.


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