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Tomislav Josic
Photograph: Hina/ Lana SLIVAR DOMINIĆ/ ua

Vukovar veterans on Friday told a press conference in Vukovar that they would support that political group that will condition the closing of Chapter 23 in Serbia's EU accession negotiations, demanding that Serbia pay war reparation for the excessive shelling of that town in 1991 and compensation to POWs detained in Serb concentration camps during the 1991-1995 Homeland Defence War.

"We will support those who will condition the closing of Chapter 23 and if they demand that the Protocol confiscated by the Yugoslav People's Army from the Vukovar hospital be returned, that information about unidentified mass graves and individual graves be released, that Croatian territory be returned within Croatia's internationally recognised borders and that Serbia abolishes its universal law of jurisdiction," Tomislav Josic said.

He assessed that Croatia has been faced with total chaos and destabilisation for almost five years and that there doesn't seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

"Over the next two months we will once again watch scenes already seen before with mutual backstabbing, accusations, false and real scandals by honourable officials, set ups and all with the one aim to sit in a comfortable seat in a ministry or parliament and feather one's nest," Josic said, alluding to campaigning in the run-up to the snap parliamentary election.

The Association of Croatian Homeland War Invalids (HVIDR-a) on Friday strongly objected to Croatia's giving Serbia a green light in its EU accession negotiations, to open Chapter 23 - Justice and Fundamental Rights until all of Croatia's conditions are met.

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