The National Council of Serbs in Croatia is against the decision by the Serb National Council (SNV) to boycott this year's ceremony commemorating the victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp and considers it "an obvious example of lack of respect for the dignity of all victims of Jasenovac".
The National Council of Serbs in Croatia will attend the memorial ceremony in Jasenovac on April 22, the organisation said on Saturday in a statement signed by its chairman, Nenad Vlahovic. It said that the decision of the SNV and its chairman, Milorad Pupovac, was "immature and frivolous".
The statement said that the decision "does not benefit either Croatia or the Serbs in Croatia" and added: "The SNV and Pupovac are not the only Serbs in Croatia and with their meagre support of eight percent they cannot do such damage in the name of all the Serbs because most of the Serbs condemn the SNV's view and consider it a shameful and calculated move by one Serb who actually is least so."
The National Council of Serbs in Croatia was established at the end of last year, and Vlahovic says in the statement that they are in opposition to the SNV and its head.
The SNV, the Coordinating Body of Jewish Communities and the Religious Community Bet Israel have announced that they will not attend this year's commemoration at Jasenovac.