Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Saturday that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's statement of Friday in which he accused Croatia of restoring Ustasha ideology and his message that Belgrade would never again allow a new Operation Storm, constituted the continuation of the 1990s Great Serbia policy in which Vucic had personally taken part.
"We remember that Mr Vucic then visited Croatia, its occupied parts, and that in 1995 he said that Glina and Banija would never be Croatian, that they had always been and would remain Serb areas and that the local population would live in a Great Serbia. This is the continuation of such behaviour, of such a policy, and we consider it unacceptable," Kovac said at Bile near Mostar, where he attended a commemoration on the occasion of the international remembrance day for victims of totalitarian ideologies.
"Croatia's policy is a peace-making policy. It is one of the values cited in the Croatian Constitution, but we will not tolerate insults," Kovac said, adding that Vucic continued to incite hate against Croatia and the Croat people in his own people.
Kovac added that unlike U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who during a recent visit to Belgrade apologised and expressed sympathy to the families of people killed during a 1999 NATO bombing campaign against Serbia, Vucic had never apologised to the Croat people.
"... we call on him to rid himself of Great Serbia notions, to help himself and his people and to start living European values. To finally start living the peacemaking he keeps talking about but is having problem practicing," said Kovac.
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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Friday harshened his rhetoric regarding Croatia, describing it as "a place where Ustasha ideology is being revived", and threatened at the same time that he would not allow "a new 'Storm'".