veterans

HVIDRA war veteran association against meeting Serbia veterans

The leader of the association of Homeland Defence War veterans that goes by the name HVIDRA and a Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) parliamentarian, Josip Djakic, on Friday said that HVIDRA did not support the idea to organise meetings of veterans from Croatia and Serbia as long as former Serbian soldiers and paramilitaries did not sincerely apologise for the aggression they had launched against Croatia.

Djakic: No talks with Serbian veterans until Serbia admits aggression

"Those veterans were members of the Serbian authorities at the time of paramilitary units and aggression on Croatia, together with incumbent President Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. They are all Chetniks," said Djakic.

State officials promise to protect veterans from indictments from Serbia, Bosnia

Croatian state officials on Friday attended the opening of new offices of the Croatian Generals Association (HGZ) in Zagreb, saying that they would protect Croatian veterans from indictments from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina charging them with a joint criminal enterprise.

Controversy over cooperation in search for people gone missing in war

The chairman of the Serbian government commission for missing persons, Veljko Odalovic, said on Tuesday that the fate of 4,086 Serbs gone missing during the wars in the former Yugoslavia still remains unknown and that regional cooperation in this regard is increasingly weak, including that with Croatia.

Grabar-Kitarovic welcomes veterans' call for defusing tensions in Croatia-Serbia relations

She said that she was aware that in the run-up to elections strong words were used, welcoming Croatian war veterans' call for defusing tensions.

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."  

SDP member: Secretly recording meeting criminal offence

The president of the Sibenik branch of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and war volunteer, Franko Vidovic, on Thursday commented on a secret recording of a meeting between SDP leader Zoran Milanovic and war veterans' associations, saying that secretly recording a meeting like that was a criminal offence.

HVIDRA distances itself from talks between "self-proclaimed" veterans', political parties

The association of disabled war veterans which goes by the acronym HVIDRA on Wednesday distanced itself from current and possible future actions by what it called "self-proclaimed representatives" of Homeland War veterans and victims who lately have been holding frequent meetings with representatives of some political camps.

Veterans say wanted to teach Milanovic, SDP democracy and dialogue

 The heads of several veterans' associations on Tuesday met with Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic for talks on Serbia's European Union accession negotiations on Chapter 23 and 24 and later told reporters that they "wanted to teach Milanovic and SDP democracy and dialogue."

FM: Croatia to impose counter-measures on Serbia

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac has said that Zagreb will apply counter-measures on Serbia which he accuses of persecuting Croatian Homeland Defence War veterans.

Milanovic: If Serbia doesn't repeal universal jurisdiction law, Croatia will adopt similar law

The federation of Homeland War associations invited leading political parties to state their position on the matter of the Serbian law and Milanovic and his coalition partners were the first to respond.

Some veterans in Vukovar notified Serbia wants them for war crimes

Some war veterans from Vukovar have started receiving a note signed by Croatian War Veterans Minister Tomo Medved informing them that the Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor's Office has launched proceedings against them which have been referred to Croatia.

Veterans ministry says has received no information about possible indictments

The Ministry of Justice said that the information concerning Serbia's legal action against Croatian citizens related to 2011, and the Ministry of Veterans' Affairs said that it had no official documents about that.

Croatian justice minister says 43 Croatian citizens on Serbia's list

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje confirmed on Saturday evening that 43 Croatian citizens were on the list of persons against whom Serbia launched an investigation based on the law under which this country declared itself competent to process war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia.

Croatian veterans dissatisfied with Serbia opening two chapters in EU entry talks

Croatian war veterans' organisations on Tuesday criticised the Croatian government and diplomats for allowing Serbia to open two chapters in its EU accession negotiations in Brussels on Monday even though it had not repealed its law on universal jurisdiction in prosecuting all war crimes committed in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Veterans for tougher conditions in Serbia's EU membership talks

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.

FM, veterans minister talks to veterans about Serbia's EU entry negotiations

Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miro Kovac and Veterans' Minister Tomo Medved on Monday held talks with representatives of veterans' associations and told them that Croatia could block Serbia's EU entry talks in Chapter 23 should Serbia start applying its law on universal jurisdiction for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia against Croatian veterans.

President Nishani decorates Albanian veterans from Croatia's war of independence

War Veterans' Minister Tomo Medved said there were still some cases of Albanians who had taken part in the defence of Croatia and whose status had not yet been solved, and promised the amending of the legislation to help those veterans.

Minister expects speedy resolution of veterans' problems

The Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Tomo Medved, said on Tuesday he expected the problems of the veteran community to be resolved soon.

After 555 days disabled veterans to end their tent protest outside ministry

After 555 days, the war veterans' protest outside the Veterans' Affairs Ministry is ending, one of the protest organisers and president of an association of fully-disabled veterans, Djuro Glogoski, told a news conference on Tuesday.

Justice ministry has no list of 300 Croatian veterans accused or convicted in Serbia

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje said on Wednesday that the ministry was not in possession of nor knew about a list of 300 Croatian war veterans accused or convicted in Serbia of war crimes and that the veterans who were on the list had been notified.

Ministers, veterans happy with meeting

The same people were sitting at both sides of the table, Croatian defenders, and so the talks were conducted in a "good tone" without the need for us to make false promises and gain cheap political points, he said.  

Veterans ministry resents Seselj's acquittal

"We consider the leader of the Serbian Radical Party as one of the most responsible for the crimes committed during the Homeland War in Croatia because of his deployment of Serb forces against Croatia and numerous hate speeches," 

Protest leader: Sit-in won't end without progress in dealing with veterans' problems

Glogoski, who left the meeting which the protesters were holding with the new minister early, told reporters that the protesters' tent would remain outside the ministry because their problems remained unsolved.

Parliament votes in favour of new veterans' affairs minister

Retired Brigadier-General Tomo Medved is Croatia's new Veterans' Affairs Minister after parliament took a vote of confidence on Monday with 88 MPs of the 130 present voting in favour of his appointment, 30 voting against and 15 abstaining.

Committee unanimously supports Medved for veterans minister

The parliamentary War Veterans Committee on Thursday unanimously gave a vote of confidence in Tomo Medved, the candidate for war veterans minister.

2,734 veterans commit suicide in 1991-2014 period

Komar, a retired colonel, said that the number of veteran suicides increased by the year and that around 150 veterans committed suicide annually.

Medved says will make ministry accessible to all veterans

War veterans ministerial nominee Tomo Medved said on Tuesday that his plan was to make the ministry accessible and available to all veterans.

PM to talk with ministerial nominee Medved this afternoon

"I will use this afternoon as an opportunity to meet the candidate (Medved), and I hope I will make a decision today," Oreskovic told the press after he had outlined the budget proposal for 2016 to lawmakers.

Karamarko says Brkic would have been top minister

"He is a brilliant man who was nominated to that post by the HDZ whose support, as well as my personal, he has enjoyed. Mr Brkic was absolutely the best solution for that position and I regret that he has decided to withdraw. 

War Veterans Committee session postponed

Demo, a member of the Bandic Milan 365 party, proposed discontinuing the session because a minister representing veterans had still not been appointed.

War veterans committee chair asks for urgent meeting with PM

He particularly warned that the government was in the process of adopting the budget for this year and that war veterans still did not have their representative to protect their interests.

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 ...

Petrov: I never discussed candidate for veterans minister with Karamarko

He said he had not discussed this issue with Karamarko and that the selection of the Minister of Veterans' Affairs would be conducted in the same way the other ministers had been selected.

Ex-minister says time will tell if HDZ nominee is good choice for post

"Time will tell whether Brkic is a good choice," Matic told reporters in parliament. He accused the HDZ of being inconsistent and questioned why they had turned the entire process into such a saga. 

HDZ secretary-general to be nominated as veterans minister

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) secretary-general Milijan Brkic is a candidate for the post of Minister of Veterans' Affairs, the party's leader and First Deputy Prime Minister, Tomislav Karamarko, announced on Monday evening.

Veterans object to merging veterans' and defence ministries

Representatives of several Homeland War veterans's associations on Wednesday objected to the idea of merging the Veterans' Affairs Ministry with the Defence Ministry and called on the government to a dialogue over this matter.

Defence minister against merging ministries of war veterans, defence

Defence Minister Josip Buljevic said on Wednesday that he was against merging the war veterans' and defence ministries, and that "not one serious conversation in that direction has been held."

Karamarko: I never said veterans would start a war if minister was sacked

First Deputy Prime Minister and Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party leader Tomislav Karamarko said on Thursday that he never said that veterans would start a war if Minister of Veterans' Affairs Mijo Crnoja was sacked.

Temporary revocation of broadcasting licence from Z1 sparks protest

About 5,000 people rallied outside the offices of the Electronic Media Council in Zagreb on Tuesday to protest against the Council's decision to revoke the broadcasting licence from the local Z1 television station for three days for violating the Electronic Media Act after a programme host used hate speech in his talk show.

Petrov: Media reports should primarily worry Crnoja

As for Crnoja's announcement that a register of traitors should be published, Petrov said that making announcements before agreeing on them was not a good thing.

Glogoski: Power was disconnected on Milanovic's orders

"Milanovic is obviously nervous after news websites reported that his ministers Ante Kotromanovic and Predrag Matic are involved in crime because they forged medical documentation,"