Milorad Pupovac

Pupovac praises Plenkovic for easing tensions, objects to his position on Jasenovac plaque

Calling for tolerance, acceptance and dedication to common interests, he said: "It is our duty to contribute to peace-building in the region where we exist as a country and a nation. It may seem that we have completed our work but we have not. In many aspects the situation has worsened."

Croatian Serbs do not have their own standard language, hears round table

Croatian Serbs are excluded from the more recent standard Croatian language and do not have their own standard language, Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac said on Tuesday, noting that an even bigger problem was that the language was regarded more as a matter of identity than as a means of communication.

Pupovac: Talks between HDZ and minorities to resume Thursday

Deputy leader of the Independent Serbian Democratic Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac on Wednesday said that the next round of negotiations between elected representatives of ethnic minorities and the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) would continue on Thursday.

Serb official says media fomenting anti-minority sentiments

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, on Friday held a news conference on media reports according to which the SDSS is seeking, in exchange for support to the new government to be led by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), employment in public companies in line with principles of ethnic representation, accusing them of fomenting an anti-minority atmosphere.  

4 Serb reps say Pupovac, SDSS, SNV breaching constitutional law on ethnic minority rights

The letter was signed by the chairmen of Serb ethnic minority councils in Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Pozega-Slavonia and Karlovac counties.

Plenkovic: PM-designate decides about gov't make-up

Commenting on Croatian Serb official Milorad Pupovac's statement that his SDSS party would not support a government that would include Zlatko Hasanbegovic, Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that, as always, the Prime Minister-designate would decide on government ministers and the government make-up.

Hasanbegovic: Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in new gov't

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Thursday said that Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in the new government and that that would be done by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic with a firm parliamentary majority with or without the three SDSS deputies.

Pupovac: We won't back gov't that would include Hasanbegovic

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, told the N1 television on Thursday that representatives of ethnic minorities could participate in the majority to be formed in the new parliament, but noted that his party would definitely not support a government in which Zlatko Hasanbegovic would sit.

SDSS wins all three Serb minority seats in parliament

Preliminary results of Sunday's early parliamentary election show that the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) won 61 seats in the 151-seat parliament, while its main rival, the People's Coalition led by the Social Democratic Party (SDP), captured 54 seats.

Pupovac: Patriarch Bartholomew I is man of dialogue

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is a person of dialogue and has come here to encourage dialogue, Croatian Serb leader Milorad Pupovac said in Zagreb on Friday after the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Christians arrived in Croatia for a visit.

SDSS calls on ethnic Serbs to ask for minority slate in Sunday election

The Independent Democratic Serb party (SDSS) at the election rally in Karlovac on Thursday called on representatives of the Serb ethnic minority to go to the polls on Sunday, ask for a minority "pink" slate and vote for Milo Morvat, Boris Milosevic and Milorad Pupovac.

Croatian Serb official condemns SDP leader's rhetoric

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, on Thursday commented on his Facebook account on an audio recording of a meeting between Social Democratic Party leader Zoran Milanovic and a group of war veterans by saying "It was way out of line, even for Zoran."  

Vucic, Pupovac advocate defusing tension between Croatia and Serbia

Communication between Serbia and Croatia is burdened with tension that needs to be defused, Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and president of the Serb National Council (SNV) in Croatia, Milorad Pupovac agreed on Tuesday in Belgrade.

Orepic urges Pupovac not to discuss issue of false residence registration outside its main context

Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic on Sunday called on Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac not to discuss the issue of false residence registrations outside its main context and particularly not in the context of inter-ethnic relations.  

Croatian Serb official says minister's statement worrying

The president of the Serb National Council (SNV), Milorad Pupovac, has described as worrying the statement by Minister of the Interior Vlaho Orepic that the Serb minority in Vukovar had manipulated the registration of residence in that eastern city and that after false residence registrations were removed, "there will no longer be any legal grounds for the use of the Cyrillic script in Vukovar."

Pupovac says doesn't fear competition for Serb minority seats in Croatian parliament

The Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) on Friday submitted to the State Election Commission candidacies for three representatives of the Serb ethnic minority that will run Constituency no.12.

Pupovac says difficult for SDSS to take part in Aug 5 celebrations because of the way holiday is marked

The vice president of the Independent Democratic Serb party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Sunday once again commented on the atmosphere and the celebration of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Veterans' Day in Knin, saying that because of the way that day is celebrated, it was very hard for the SDSS to take part in it.

Pupovac says SDSS will have 3 candidates on minority slate

Leaders of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) in the party headquarters in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar on Sunday are deciding about candidates on slates for early parliamentary election and according to party sources the SDSS will have three candidates on the minority slate.

Pupovac says events in Knin make many feel trepidation

Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac said on Saturday that the events in Knin yesterday, during the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm, made many feel trepidation and that the feeling still lasted.

Pupovac claims Croatia wants to create feeling of superiority over ethnic Serbs

As a member of the European Union (EU), Croatia is conditioning the resolution of outstanding bilateral issues, to define the pace of Serbia's accession to the EU and to strengthen its superiority over ethnic Serbs, but with the poor mutual relations between the two countries it is risking its potential of stabilising relations in the region, Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac said on Wednesday.

Serb minority MP says not participating in talks on gov't reshuffle, but contact exists

Milorad Pupovac, a parliamentary deputy of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), said on Monday that he was not participating in talks with the HDZ on a government reshuffle, but he admitted that "there has been contact" with different sides.

Pupovac: By withholding funding for Serb minority gov't has violated parliamentary decision

"Attempts to make funding conditional on political relations constitute the undermining of the ZVO and SNV's autonomy," Pupovac said.

Parliament rejects public ombudswoman's report; minority MPs outraged

"It is unheard of that a report by the ombudswoman is not approved of and I demand a recess," the ethnic Italian MP Radin said after the report had been rejected by 63 lawmakers against 43 supporting the report and 4 abstentions.

National Council of Serbs: SNV doesn't respect dignity of Jasenovac victims

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.

Serbian PM, Croatian Serb official talk status of Croatian Serbs

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and the head of the Serb National Council (SNV), Milorad Pupovac, said on Tuesday that cooperation was required in efforts to deal with outstanding issues between Serbia and Croatia.

Serb MP says budget cuts for minorities won't stifle them, veterans' rep says won't support cuts

"If someone thinks they will stifle us by reducing funds for the work of minority institutions, I can only say - they will not," Pupovac told reporters in a comment on the budget proposal for 2016 ...

Interior minister says will meet with Pupovac

"Very soon I will organise a meeting with Pupovac to see what exactly he was referring to. Rest assured that the Croatian police will act according to civilisational norms," Orepic told reporters.

HDZ official refutes ethnic Serb leader's claims

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Milijan Brkic on Tuesday refuted claims by the Serb People's Council (SNV), an umbrella organisation of ethnic Serbs, that the ruling party is responsible for a rise in hate speech and anti-Serb sentiment.

SNV reports growing anti-Serb sentiment

A considerable increase in cases of ethnically-motivated violence, threats and hate speech directed against ethnic Serbs in Croatia was recorded in 2015, according to figures from a bulletin published by the Serb National Council (SNV).

HND asks Grabar-Kitarovic: What have we done to deserve fascist attacks?

The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) on Monday issued a statement on its web site, asking President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic to explain what exactly the HND had done to deserve to be attacked with fascist methods.

President replies to Pupovac's letter: Intolerance started growing before new gov't was formed

In that context, she believes that chanting the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready" is entirely unacceptable because it "harms national cohesion, citizens' unity and interests of the Republic of Croatia."

Serb official warns about growing intolerance in letter to Croatian president

"Some respond to political discussions about the government and its platform with a campaign of intolerance and hate, and some see statements by individual members of the government and parliament as encouragement and support to that campaign,"

Serbian PM meets Croatian Serb leader, says wants close cooperation with new Croatian gov't

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said during a meeting with Serb National Council (SNV) president Milorad Pupovac in Belgrade on Friday that Serbia wants to cooperate closely with the new Croatian government despite what he described as numerous indications of problems encountered by the Serb community in Croatia.

Pupovac: Croatia's policy inconducive to good relations with Serbia

Croatian Serb leader and an MP of the Independent Democratic Serbian Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, has told  Vojvodina Television (RTV) that "he cannot imagine that Belgrade could have good relations with this type of policy from Zagreb," assessing that relations between the Croatian and Serbian governments could be good if it were not for events targeted against Serbs.

Serb leader raps Oreskovic over inadequate approach to minorities

Croatian Serb leader Milorad Pupovac has criticised the new Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic for failure to mention ethnic minorities in the programme the PM outlined in parliament when seeking approval for his cabinet.

Serb official to report hate speech to prosecutor's office, electronic media agency

"We regret that we have to remind DORH to do what it should do by virtue of office and that the AEM does not realise that it has the power not only to issue warnings but also to impose sanctions," Pupovac said at a news conference.

Pupovac: Unity in inequality is not possible

"Unity in inequality is not possible, and calls for unity that do not take into account the fact that inequality in our society is growing by the day... cannot result in true unity."

Pupovac says foundation for talks is guarantee that minority rights won't be cut

We met and talked about how the current parliamentary majority, primarily the HDZ planned to practice its policy toward minority rights, the development of regions populated by minorities.

SNV gives reception on occasion of Orthodox Christmas

"Unity in inequality is not possible and calling for unity without having in mind facts that our society is getting more unequal everyday cannot be realised as a true unity," Pupovac said.

Six of 8 minority MPs continue backing SDP-led coalition

The elected representative of the Italian minority, Furio Radin, told reproters after the consultation that he had told the President that "time is nearing when a new (parliamentary) election may be needed."

Minority MPs hold new round of consultations with President

"We give our support to the Croatia Is Growing coalition and Mr Milanovic as prime minister-designate," 

Pupovac doesn't rule out SDSS support to HDZ-led government

He said that although not all option had been exhausted and political parties  were still attempting to find a solution, Croatia was closer and closer to the new election.

SDSS claims has indication of attempts to snatch parliamentary seats

"Should the indications of attempts to snatch seats prove to be true, we will have to seek protection of state institutions, because such things cannot be tolerated," Pupovac said.

SDSS official says Mirko Raskovic has left party

Asked if it was true that Raskovic had left the SDSS, Pupovac replied with a brief text message: "He did, today at 08:01 hours, by a letter to the SDSS president and presidency."

Karamarko says maybe Milanovic created intelligence underworld

"I'm proud of having been the head of the SOA (Security and Intelligence Agency), of having been chief of the UNS (National Security Office), of having been interior minister,

Pupovac says doesn't want to be deputy PM

"Neither Milanovic offered that, nor had we discussed it. Even if that position had been offered to me, I would not have accepted it because I have other preferences ...

SDSS officials: Let Raskovic say who is pressuring him and whom he met

Raskovic should say whom he met in one of Zagreb's hotels a day before Wednesday's consultations when he was supposed to be in the SDSS, and what the talks were about.

President holds consultations with ethnic minorities' MPs

"The minorities are unanimous. Seven deputies of ethnic minorities share the position on preliminary support to Zoran Milanovic as the PM-Designate," Radin said.

Serb community pays its respect to Vukovar's innocent victims

The candles were lit at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Zagreb. Zagreb-Ljubljana Metropolitan Porfirije was also present.

Minority MPs set to support SDP-led coalition

Radin told reporters that the meeting was attended by all minority MPs, including the two whose terms were confirmed only after elections were repeated at seven polling stations 

Serb party in talks with centre-left coalition

"Most of the voters of the Serb national minority and the SDSS are more inclined to a centre-left coalition, as was shown by these elections as well and we certainly have this in mind. 

Croatian Serb leader claims intolerance, nationalism rising

Pupovac, a candidate on the SDSS slate for the 8 November parliamentary election, said that intolerance had been targeted against members of all ethnic minorities, ...

Pupovac tries to move Bosnian Serbs with Croatia's citizenship to the polls

"We are continually cooperating and meeting and putting together an agenda of important issues," Dodik told reporters after the meeting with Pupovac.