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Banja Luka Catholic Bishop Franjo Komarica on Tuesday compared the plight of Croats at Bleiburg, Austria at the end of WWII with the crimes and expulsions committed in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-95 war.

He was responding to questions from Bosnian Serb reporters after meeting with Croatian Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner about why he said mass for the Bleiburg victims during a May 14 commemoration.

Forgetting crimes, no matter where they were committed, is committing evil again, Komarica said, adding that attempts were being made to forget the wartime persecutions in Banja Luka just as attempts had been made for decades to ignore the truth about the Bleiburg events.

Reiner too said that attempts to suppress the truth under any excuse were unjustified. "Without the truth, there is no reconciliation, because there is no reconciliation in living a lie, especially when it is about matters of 70 or 75 years ago which are historically clear and proven," he said, adding that all innocent victims deserved equal respect.

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