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The acquittal of Vojislav Seselj is insulting and shocking for all victims of the Greater Serbian policy and destructive for the reconciliation process, Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac said on Thursday.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) earlier today acquitted Seselj on all counts of the indictment for war crimes in Croatia, Vojvodina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"With its ruling, the ICTY today acquitted Vojislav Seselj of crimes against humanity. Such a ruling is offensive and shocking to all victims of the aggressive Greater Serbian policy and it is destructive for the process of reconciliation among people and the neighbouring countries," Kovac said in a statement released on the ministry's website.

"All those making warmongering speeches, calling for ethnic cleansing and implementing a policy of violent re-drawing of internationally recognised borders have received a moral carte blanche with this ruling," Kovac said, adding that the ICTY Prosecutor's Office was now expected to respond adequately.

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