Operation Storm

Commemorations held for Serb civilians killed in war

Commemorations for 16 elderly Serb civilians killed in August and September 1995, in the aftermath of the Croatian military Operation Storm, were held in Varivode and Gosic on Wednesday.

Democratic Alliance of Serbs says police don't want to react to hate-mongering

The Democratic Alliance of Serbs (DSS) on Tuesday criticised police for avoiding to respond to the spreading of hatred and inter-ethnic intolerance.   

Petrov says controversial salute should neither be banned nor used

The president of the Bridge party, Bozo Petrov, said on Sunday that the salute "For the Homeland, Ready!" should neither be banned nor used as there were much nicer salutes and songs by which the homeland can be glorified and that the most appropriate thing would be to educate the youth about that salute.

Orepic: Historians, judiciary should define character of 'For the homeland ready' salute

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Saturday that historians and the judiciary should take a clear view on the Ustasha salute "For the homeland ready" and that said view should be "positioned" in the law.

Plenkovic condemns 'acts of provocation' in Knin

ZAGREB, Aug 6 (Hina) - Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Saturday condemned "all the acts of provocation in Knin" yesterday during the 21st anniversary of Operation Storm and dismissed claims that President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic had become involved in the election campaign.

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.

Serbian FM: It's impudent to say Operation Storm was ethically clean

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic described in Belgrade on Friday as "sheer impudence" Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's statement that Operation Storm had been "ethically clean" and that it had "relieved (Serbs) of the heavy centuries-long burden of Greater Serbia projects."

Croatian PM says fight for economy should be won now

Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic said on Friday that he came to Knin on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day in memory of those who gave their lives and health for Croatia, adding that now was the time to win the fight for a better economy.

Plenkovic says everyone marks Aug 5 as they see fit

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic on Friday commented on Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Zoran Milanovic's failure to attend a ceremony in Knin marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day, saying everyone "marks this day as they think they should."

Serbian official says displaced, refugees from Croatia can't exercise rights

About 650,000 people from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia came to Serbia during the 1990s wars and many, mainly displaced from Croatia, still cannot exercise their acquired rights, Serbian Refugees Commissioner Vladimir Cucic said in Belgrade on Friday.

President says Operation Storm honourable victory for righteous cause

We respect every victim, the president said adding that every human life is valuable and that every family mourns their loved once the same way. "But (everyone) must know that 'Storm' was and will be remembered in history as a politically justified, ethically clean and military brilliant liberation operation on Croatian state territory.

President says Croatia respects every victim but Operation Storm was ethically clean

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday in Knin at the central celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Croatian military and police Operation Storm and celebration of  Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day that Croatia respected every victim, but that Operation Storm was ethically clean.

Top state officials pay their respects to Operation Storm veterans

Croatia's state leadership, led by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, after a military parade on Friday laid wreaths and lit candles in Dr. Ante Starcevic Square in Knin where a central ceremony marking Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day is held.

Serbia commemorates Serb victims of Operation Storm

"I don't believe in collective guilt and I will never say that Croats are responsible for your suffering. They are not. Those who threw bombs and those who spat on you when you were forced to flee your homes are responsible. How many of them did that -- this is something Croats must count, for their own sake. Their future will depend on their readiness to do that," PM Vucic said.

Croatia marks 21st anniversary of Operation Storm

Croatia marks Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian Veterans Day on August 5 to remember Operation Storm, a joint military and police operation that ended a Serb armed rebellion in August 1995 and restored Croatian sovereignty over occupied central and southern parts of the country, enabling peaceful reintegration of eastern Croatia in January 1998.

State delegations lay wreaths at Mirogoj Cemetery ahead of Victory Day

Delegations of the Government, Parliament, President of the Republic and the City of Zagreb laid wreaths and lit candles at Zagreb's Mirogoj Cemetery on Thursday, ahead of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Croatian War Veterans Day, observed on August 5.

Documenta: Number of civilian casualties in Operation Storm lower than HHO's 677

The non-governmental organisation Documenta on Wednesday appealed to the government and the president to find a way after Victory Day on August 5 to commemorate the civilian casualties of 1995's Operation Storm as well.

Remains of 56 war casualties exhumed at Gornje Seliste

Remains of 56 people, presumably Serbs killed during the war in 1995, have been exhumed from a mass grave near the municipal cemetery in Gornje Seliste,