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Veterans' Affairs Minister Mijo Crnoja on Monday said that the focus of his work "won't be any register but the question of existentialism, welfare and health problems of the veterans' population."

"During the handover ceremony in the Veterans' Affairs Ministry on Monday the media were mostly interested in various registers as if that was the most important issue of the veterans' population," Crnoja said in a press release.

Crnoja underscored that he clearly said that the ministry he is going to head will not prepare any registers and that the relevant state institutions need to deal with all those who in any way have violated Croatian laws, the statement says.

The new minister sparked reactions in public when, prior to being appointed as minister, he announced he would advocate a register of traitors of national Croatian interests to be published and that he had received support for this from Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Tomislav Karamarko.

In the meantime a group of activists have published a "Register of Traitors" on the internet in an effort to "help" the state so that it would not have to spend money on publishing the register. By Monday afternoon around 4,500 "traitors" had signed their names in the register.

The Bridge party however said that they did not support the idea of such a register and warned that any insisting on a register of that nature could jeopardise cooperation with the Patriotic Coalition.

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