Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday, after Croatian MP Branimir Glavas called on the Croatian government to respond to messages from "the eastern neighbours", that Glavas's accusations against Serbian leaders were "the culmination of political madness in Croatia".
Glavas, an MP of the Croatian Democratic Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja (HDSSB), held a conference in Osijek earlier today at which he responded, as he said, to Greater Serbian protest notes to Croatia, interference in Croatia's home affairs and continued pressure on the Croatian judiciary.
"A man convicted of the murder of Serb civilians, a man glorifying the Nazi and Ustasha NDH (1941-45 Independent State of Croatia), (Ante) Pavelic and (Alojzije) Stepinac, a man glorifying the Ustasha terrorist (Miro) Baresic, is accusing Serbia of neo-fascism and saying it's rude that Serbia is against the rehabilitation of fascism and Ustashism," Dacic said in a press release.
As for Glavas's claim regarding Serbian protest notes to Croatia, that "the Croatian authorities should respond more resolutely to the rudeness of the eastern neighbours," Dacic said Serbia would not accept the quashing of verdicts for the killing of Serbs.
He reiterated that the quashing of a war crimes verdict against Glavas was "a clear message that killing and mistreating Serbs is possible." Serbia will never accept that, he said, adding that war criminals should be in jail.
Glavas said Serbia's accusations against Croatia were even more grotesque if one recalled the biographies of Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, President Tomislav Nikolic and Dacic. He said Serbia was "a hostage of proven Chetnik ideologists Vucic and Nikolic."
"At the helm of Serbia are not normal politicians of democratic pro-European beliefs and world views but... inveterate Serb neo-fascists and pro-Chetnik nationalists whom Croatia should prosecute for the crimes they committed during (Croatia's) Homeland War, during the Greater Serbian aggression in the Republic of Croatia," Glavas said.