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Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac
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Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac on Monday wrote on his Facebook account that the Serbian authorities had still not "rid themselves of the virus of the aggressive Greater Serbia policy and of the Yugoslav Communist system" and that Serbia would not be able to join the European Union until they did so.

"The Croatian public has been lectured on a daily basis by representatives of Serbian authorities who have still not rid themselves of the virus of the aggressive Greater Serbia policy and of the Yugoslav Communist system," Kovac wrote on his Facebook account.

"A day does not go by that statements are not made by representatives of the Serbian authorities who in the 1990s were part of the authorities and/or of the ruling parties, when wars against Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo were launched by Belgrade, wars of conquest that Belgrade lost one by one."

Instead of finally coming to terms with its responsibility for launching the wars, for hundreds of thousands of victims and destroyed lives, the Serbian authorities have been fomenting feelings of retribution, inciting the Serb people against other peoples and preventing it from establishing a long-term good neighbourly cooperation in the European spirit, said Kovac.

He went on to say that this was evidenced by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's speech on August 4, on the occasion of an event commemorating Serb victims of the 1995 Operation Storm, when he called that Croatian army and police operation that liberated the occupied Croatian territory, "a criminal final solution".

In his speech, Vucic made no mention of the fact that the territory in question was Croatian territory, that several hundred thousand Croats had been previously expelled from that territory and that many had been tortured and killed, said Kovac.

"Is that the rhetoric and metaphors that are conducive to building good neighbourly cooperation? Is that the rhetoric Serbia believes will take it to the EU? Such a rhetoric, such an ideology, such an approach will bring Serbia no luck. Neither will falsifying facts because it is not true that 'within one human lifetime' the number of Serbs in Croatia 'was reduced by 90%.'"

"Serbia will never enter the EU that way. Serbia will need a lot of help, a lot of painstaking reforms to adopt European values, rhetoric and conduct. And that implies that representatives of the authorities, the ruling structures in Serbia, will have to rid themselves for ever of the virus of the aggressive Greater Serbia policy and of the Yugoslav Communist system," Kovac wrote.

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