BELGRADE – The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released on Thursday that it sent a demarche to Charge d’Affaires of the Croatian Embassy in Belgrade Ivan Sabolic over the unacceptable statements and gestures in Croatia during the marking of the 20th anniversary of military operation Storm.

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The Ministry voiced strongest protest over the unacceptable statements and gestures used in the marking of the 20th anniversary of the military operation Storm which resulted in murder of over 2,000 civilians and permanent banishment of over 200,000 Serbs, citizens of Croatia, states the demarche as quoted by the Ministry.

In the presence of Croatian top officials, the crowd gathered in Knin on August 5 shouted out slogans that represent not only hate speech but also an invitation to lynch and destruction of Serbs (“Kill, kill the Serb”, “For the homeland”, “We the Croats don’t drink wine, we drink the blood of Chetniks (Serbs) from Knin” etc.), with open display of fascist symbols of the Independent State of Croatia in the year when Europe is celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory over fascism, the Serbian Ministry stated in the release.

The demarche also notes that Serbia expects Croatia as a member of the EU to fulfil all the obligations it agreed to take on through EU membership, especially in terms of minority protection, return and integration of banished individuals.

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