BELGRADE – Serbia will on Tuesday send a protest note to Croatia over its rehabilitation of fascism, Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic announced.

“Serbia will today send a protest note to Croatia over the rehabilitation of fascism, the crimes against Serbs, their conversion (to Catholicism) and a rising number of incidents in that country that are targeting citizens who are ethnic Serbs,” Dacic told a press conference in Belgrade when asked if Serbia had responded to a Croatian note of protest.

The Croatian Hina news agency reported Monday the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs had sent a note of protest to Serbia over “unacceptable statements” by Serbian officials following an annulment of a 1946 verdict sentencing Aloysius Stepinac, a Croatian Roman Catholic cardinal loyal to the WWII-era pro-fascist Ustasha regime of Ante Pavelic.

Croatia is a country where fascist creations are being rehabilitated, Dacic said.

Such creations did exist in other countries as well, but, unlike in Croatia, they are not being eulogised there, he said.

“Stepinac was the spiritual leader of the Ustasha movement, he blessed the crimes and the Ustasha state, saying it was the work of God and a gift to Croats,” Dacic said, stressing that no protests could change that.