Justice Minister Ante Sprlje confirmed on Saturday evening that 43 Croatian citizens were on the list of persons against whom Serbia launched an investigation based on the law under which this country declared itself competent to process war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.
"What we know officially is that 43 people are on that list," Sprlje said when asked by reporters how many Croatians were on that list.
Sprlje also said that these people knew they were on the list and that the Veterans' Ministry informed them about it several years ago.
"As far as we know, these people are investigation, they have not yet been indicted," the minister said.
Asked about the Croatian government's next move, Sprlje said the government would act in line with the Constitutions and the law.
Asked if Croatia would asked that Serbia's EU entry talks be blocked, Sprlje said Croatia had clearly stated it was for "redefining Serbia's jurisdiction."
"One country cannot impose its regulations on another country. This is going to be our position in negotiations with Serbia. We hope that Serbia will entirely understand our position and that we will be able to reach an agreement," Sprlje said.
Reporters asked Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic if the Croatian veterans on Serbia's list would be arrested. Orepic said Serbia must withdraw its law on universal jurisdiction over war crimes.
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