Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday received representatives of the civil society association "Macelj 1945", who informed her about the association's activities to shed more light on mass executions committed by the Yugoslav Communist regime in the wake of the Second World War.
In October 2005, remains of 1,163 victims exhumed in the wider Macelj area were buried in a memorial mortuary in Macelj, a north-western Croatian village near the border with Slovenia. They were exhumed in 1991 and 1992.
According to some estimates, which were also presented in the book "Macelj 1945", some 13,000 people are believed to have been killed in Macelj and nearby forests in May and June 1945 while they were fleeing the Partisans who had defeated the Nazi-style Ustasha regime in Croatia.
According to a press release from the Office of the Croatian head of state, President Grabar-Kitarovic and the delegation agreed today that in order to achieve full reconciliation, it is necessary to establish the full truth, thus paving the way for a future unburdened by past resentments.