JAGODINA – Krajina Serbs will file a lawsuit against Croatia for genocide in World War II and ethnic cleansing in the 1990s, says former Republic of Serb Krajina Prime Minister Borislav Mikelic.

Ustasa militia execute prisoners near the Jasenovac concentration camp.
Ustasa militia execute prisoners near the Jasenovac concentration camp.

The work of the Serbs of Krajina, Kozara and the Grmec area does not end with the recent verdict by the International Court of Justice in The Hague and the dismissal of the Croatian lawsuit and the Serbian countersuit, Mikelic told Jagodina-based Palma plus television on Sunday.

“For World War II, there is undeniable, crystal-clear evidence that the Independent State of Croatia committed genocide against the Serbs,” Mikelic said, noting that, in World War II, Croatia “killed 70,000 Serbian children in camps.”

Jasenovac was not the only camp where Serbs were killed, as there were 26 such camps, Mikelic said, adding that “there is no statute of limitations for the crime of genocide.”

“In addition to the genocide and ethnic cleansing lawsuits, the Krajina Serbs will also request that their status as a state-building, constitutive nation in Croatia, which they were stripped of by Franjo Tudjman’s Croatian Democratic Community, be restored,” Mikelic said.

He added that 531,000 Serbs and 440,000 Yugoslavs lived in Croatia according to the 1981 census, and that there were 581,000 Serbs and 224,000 Yugoslavs there according to the 1991 census.

“Therefore, 800,000 Serbs lived in Croatia in 1991, accounting for 16 percent of the population, while now the number is reduced to below four percent. The question is where those people are, where those people have gone and who is to blame for that,” Mikelic said.

He stressed that, in the 1990s, Croatia committed the largest ethnic cleansing since World War II, which culminated with “Operation Storm”.

The Serbs must persevere in trying to establish the truth, Mikelic concluded.