Commemorations for 16 elderly Serb civilians killed in August and September 1995, in the aftermath of the Croatian military Operation Storm, were held in Varivode and Gosic on Wednesday.
As reported by the Serb National Council, in addition to many Serb politicians from Croatia headed by the leader of the Independent Democratic Serb Party, Vojislav Stanimirovic, Serbia's Consul-General to Croatia, Nenad Maricic also attended the services.
Nikica Valentic laid a wreath as President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's envoy.
President of a coordinating body of associations of missing and killed Serbs from the former Yugoslavia Dragan Pjevac said after the commemoration in Varivode that the civilians were "shot dead on their doorsteps, but there were no autopsies on the innocent victims." The bodies were thrown into a mass grave near Knin in an effort to hide this crime, he said.
He added that "Croatia and Serbia cannot, do not wish to and will not bring justice to the victims. The perpetrators are still free."
Newly elected MP Boris Milosevic said that it was the joint duty of all, both society and state officials, to build a society of tolerance, understanding, dialogue and openness, mutual respect and reconciliation.
"Even though we can still hear threats from places where we should not hear them... We, gathered here, do not seek revenge nor admission that one victim is worthier than another. We seek justice. We seek the message that no one can simply walk into a village and kill innocent people," Milosevic said.