BELGRADE – The position of Serbs in Croatia has aggravated over the past three years as intolerance and nationalist atmosphere have been renewed, President of the Serb National Council in Croatia Milorad Pupovac stated.

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Anti-minority actions, and especially anti-Serb campaign, are very powerful, Pupovac told the Belgrade-based daily Danas on Friday, adding that the campaign against the Cyrillic (Serb) script was especially intense and its consequences are still felt. Such an atmosphere and campaign produce fears and escape from identity, Pupovac said.

Such campaign is blocking the government in the attempts to fulfil its obligations towards Serbs and its obligations deriving from the accession contract with the EU, Pupovac said in the talks to mark the 20th anniversary of the military operation Storm which led to death of over 2,000 and banishment of 230,000 more Serbs.

It would not be good if this situation was to persevere and if the EU and the world were to show no interest in the situation, he noted.

Commenting on the military parade which should be organised in Croatia on August 4 to celebrate the anniversary of Operation Storm, Pupovac warned that the celebration of this action could potentially become a crisis spot in the ties with Serbia.

After generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac were acquitted of responsibility for the crime (by a ruling of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia), the little sense of responsibility for banishment, murders, destruction and hindrance of return of a large majority of one ethnic groups is gradually fading in Croatia, Pupovac concluded.