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The Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities of Croatia said in a statement on Monday that this year it would commemorate victims of the World War II concentration camp Jasenovac on Friday, April 15, thus confirming its previous decision to boycott the official commemoration, scheduled for April 22.

The unofficial commemoration might be joined by representatives of the Serb National Council (SNV), the Association of Anti-Fascists of Croatia (SABA) and the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDP).

A week ago the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities of Croatia said that it would boycott the state-sponsored commemoration in protest at "a policy of no action" regarding changes to exhibits at the Jasenovac museum and "daily political events related to the downplaying and revival of the Ustasha ideology".

The SNV and SABA are expected to make a decision on joining the boycott today.

According to unofficial sources at the SDP, party leader Zoran Milanovic might attend the commemoration to be organised by the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities, thus avoiding participation in the official commemoration.

According to unofficial information, Coordinating Committee chair Ognjen Kraus, SNV leader MIlorad Pupovac and SABA president Franjo Habulin are expected to discuss the matter with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic at her office today.

Grabar-Kitarovic has in the meantime expressed concern about a renewed intensifying of ideological divisions, notably with regard to the commemoration of the Jasenovac victims, and has called on all citizens, political parties and organisations, the government and the parliament to unite on fundamental social values, in this case the joint commemoration of the Jasenovac victims.

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