Kotromanovic tells Vucic not to be nervous

Outgoing Defence Minister Ante Kotromanovic said on Friday that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic showed nervousness when he opposed Croatia's plan to procure ballistic missiles, saying that the Serbian official had no reason to be nervous as Croatia did not have hostile intentions towards Serbia.

"My message to Vucic is: 'Don't be nervous, you have no reason to be nervous.' We most definitely do not have hostile intentions towards Serbia, it is our neighbour, we respect it and support Serbia's aspirations to join the European Union, but as a NATO member state we are entitled to our own defence and to developing our own system and our own funds," Kotromanovic told reporters in Split.

Reminding Vucic that he did not voice his objection in 1991 when the powerful Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) had attacked a small and weak Croatian Army.

"We want peace, this is not armament, a competition or a threat. This is simply a NATO objective and we want to see it through the end. Nothing more," Kotromanovic said.

Asked to comment on the indictment against wartime Serb paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic, Kotromanovic said he was following the case through the media and that all knew who Captain Dragan was.

"I can even say that I personally, namely my team had fought against his team, it was exciting in 1993. I believe in Croatia's judiciary and I believe in justice," Kotromanovic said.

The Split County Prosecutor's Office on Friday indicted Dragan Vasiljkovic aka Captain Dragan for war crimes almost six months after he was extradited by Australia. Vasiljkovic is accused, in his capacity as a commander in Serb paramilitary units, of acting contrary to the Geneva Convention by torturing and killing captive Croatian soldiers and police in Knin in June and July 1991 and in Bruska in February 1993.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 15:44
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