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Croatian Enterprise Minister Darko Horvat of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ)
Photograph: HINA /Zvonimir KUHTIĆ/ zk

Following a number of statements and protest notes Serbia has issued accusing Croatia of rehabilitating the Ustasha movement and the anti-Serb policy, Croatian Enterprise Minister Darko Horvat of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has said he is outraged at the audacity of top Serbian officials who are giving lectures to Croatia on how to behave, while forgetting what they had been doing.

"I am outraged at the audacity of the Serbian prime minister and their foreign minister who are giving us lectures about a proper behaviour," Horvat wrote on his official Facebook wall.

The Serbian government has recently send a protest note to Croatia over the annulment of the verdict against Branimir Glavas who was found guilty of crimes against Serbs in 1991, saying that with this move Croatia is "rehabilitating war criminals". Serbia has also protested against the quashing of the verdict against Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac, who was sentenced in 1946 by the Communist regime to 16 years in prison and forced labour and was stripped of his political and civil rights for five years, and against the unveiling of a monument to Miro Baresic, a Croatian emigrant convicted in the 1970s in Sweden for the murder of a Yugoslav ambassador.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Monday that Croatia was conducting an anti-Serb policy, while Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said Croatia "is rehabilitating fascism, Nazism and Ustashism."

"Croatia will never forget that Vucic was an errand boy for criminal Vojislav Seselj or that Dacic was the spokesman for Slobodan Milosevic!" Horvat wrote and warned about the consequences for the Serbian aggression against Croatia in which Milosevic and Seselj played the key roles.

"The fact that they are now playing democrat and decided to forget about the past, means nothing to the families of those killed and missing. Gentlemen, if you wish to move forward in our relations, stop being hypocritical," Horvat said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Miro Kovac, dismissed the accusations from Belgrade that Croatia was glorifying the pro-Nazi WWII Ustasha regime and terrorists, saying that instead of sending protest notes to Croatia, the Serbian authorities should inform their public of strong criticisms by the Hague war crimes tribunal about war criminals continuing to be glorified in Serbia.

 

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