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A new party of the Serb minority in Croatia -- the Democratic Alliance of Serbs (DSS) -- on Monday held its inaugural session at which the party leadership announced the DSS will be an alternative to the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) at the coming parliamentary election in Constituency no. 12 in which representatives of ethnic minorities were being elected.

Some of the objectives the new party listed in its Programme Declaration are preserving the national identity of the Serb community in Croatia, encouraging the economic development and the work of Serb organisations, insisting on compensation for retirements from the 1991-1997 period and adopting a new action plan for the implementation of the Constitutional Law on the Rights of Ethnic Minorities.

The elected leadership are mostly former prominent members of the SDSS. Jovica Radmanovic was elected president, Srdjan Milakovic is deputy chief and Nebojsa Manojlovic is secretary general.

"The rights of Serbs in Croatia are not realised, we don't have a strategy for development or survival. Political representatives of Serbs in the past period made unforgivable mistakes by doing nothing but saving their positions," Radmanovic said.

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