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Croatian Conservative Party (HKS) leader Ruza Tomasic, who is also a member of the European Parliament, said on Sunday she supported the Ministry of the Interior's revision of residence registrations and removal of false registrations of members of the Serb minority in Vukovar, dismissing criticisms from Serbian officials regarding the matter.

"The problem of false residence registrations in Vukovar must be finally solved and therefore I support the removal of persons with fake residence registrations from residence registers.

All members of the Serb minority who have falsely reported their residence with the police are knowingly cheating the country from which they seek special rights.

It was on that major swindle that the (Zoran) Milanovic government based its decision to introduce bilingualism in Vukovar, thus fomenting division and causing inter-ethnic relations in the town to deteriorate," Tomasic said in a statement.

As for criticism from Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic regarding the matter, she said that she did not know how Stefanovic could have "the cheek to speak about the rule of law and European values in his protest note when Croatia is light years ahead of Serbia in terms of respect for minority rights."

"For years Serbia has been marginalising ethnic Croats and creating artificial ethnic identities such as the Bunjevci in order to fragment the ethnic Croat community in Vojvodina, which, unlike Croatian Serbs, has always been loyal to the country it lives in.

Serbia is the last country to have the right to lecture anyone on minority rights. As long as it is run by Chetniks and (Slobodan) Milosevic's yes-men, there should be no room for it in the EU," said Tomasic.

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