Dacic calls Croatia "EU's biggest disgrace"

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic on Saturday accused Croatia of "continuing with provocations and threats."

Source: Tanjug
(Tanjug, file)
(Tanjug, file)

Dacic said his Croatian counterpart Miro Kovac was also continuing with his "unconcealed hatred" toward Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic, and Serbia.

Earlier, Kovac said Vucic's statements accusing Croatia of renewing the Ustasha ideology, and pledging that Belgrade "will never again allow another Operation Storm" amounted to "a continued Greater Serbia policy from the 1990s."

Kovac also said that unlike U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, who, according to the Croatian minister, recently in Belgrade "apologized and offered condolences to the families of the victims of NATO's 1999 bombing of Serbia, Vucic "never apologized to the Croats."

Kovac also warned over the weekend that Serbia would "never become a member of the EU" and threatened with "countermeasures" over Serbia's "persecution of Croatian veterans." This came after a Croatian citizen was arrested on a border crossing on charges of terrorism relating to the 1990s war in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

"Croatia and Kovac obviously mind when Serbia and her prime minister say it clearly they will not allow another genocide and ethnic cleansing of our people, that we will not allow a rehabilitation of the fascist Ustasha NDH (Independent State of Croatia), and setting free the criminals from the last war," said Dacic, and added:

"It is also the pinnacle of cynicism and insolence on the part of Kovac to be seeking an apology from Serbia. Those who slaughtered and killed Serbs in concentration camps are seeking an apology from their victims."

Dacic also said that a Croatia that has "rehabilitated almost all Ustasha criminals, never put (NDH leader) Ante Pavelic on trial - he died in Spain a free man - has no moral right to threaten Serbia and put conditions before it."

"The fact Croatia that, such as it is, one rehabilitating fascism, is a member of the EU, does not give it any right to insult Serbia and threaten it," said the minister.

"Aleksandar Vucic has been recognized by all leading counties for his policy of peace and stability, one that does not attack anyone but will not allow a repeat of genocide and ethnic cleansing of our people. It is time for the EU to end its silence and say for how long it will tolerate the rehabilitation of the fascist Ustasha NDH, and the threats against Serbia coming from Croatia. Such Croatia is today the EU's biggest disgrace," Dacic concluded.

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