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The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, on Thursday commented on his Facebook account on an audio recording of a meeting between Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic and a group of war veterans by saying "It was way out of line, even for Zoran."  

"Just when you think that communication with other nations and states cannot be worse than the rhetoric used by the Croatian right and its official representatives, the leader of the Social Democrats and the People's Coalition chips in," Pupovac wrote on his Facebook account.

In a transcript of the meeting between Milanovic and veterans, which was leaked to the media, Milanovic says that if necessary, he would block Serbia's talks on accession to the EU and have a law passed to enable the prosecution of Serbian nationals who had committed war crimes in Kosovo.

He describes the Serbian government as "a street-level government".

"Our policy regarding Croatian Serbs is that they are our citizens and we try to embrace them as much as possible, but the government in Belgrade is a street-level government, they act arrogantly," Milanovic said, according to the transcript published in the Jutarnji List daily.

Speaking about Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milanovic said that it was not a state.

"This in Bosnia and Herzegovina is even more dangerous. As one war veteran put it, it's a 'big shit'. Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a state, there is nothing you can talk about with anyone there. If it was up to me, I would push them to jump the queue into the EU and cut them some slack because there is no order there," Milanovic said.

Asked by veterans about his position on the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready", he said: "You have seen the Constitutional Court ruling. That salute is banned, but, look, I don't really care about that."

"After revealing publicly that his grandfather was an Ustasha amidst rightist pro-Ustasha outbursts, he is now showing off before the tent protest leaders with statements such as 'I don't give a f... about the For the homeland ready' and is once again manifesting his liking for insulting and disparaging other people and other nations."

"This time he is insulting other states for a handful of votes... it's way out of line, even for Zoran. So, you'd better take a look at your own country, Zoran," Pupovac said in his post.

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