Thursday, May 21, 2015

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic says the rehabilitation of Draza Mihailovic was "a bad decision for Serbia." / "B92" [Tanjug] May 15, 2015

Aleksandra's Note: I don't normally include my own personal editorial commentary with "news story" postings that I publish here on, but I just couldn't resist with this one.

I always find it very interesting and highly amusing when the Croatian Nationalists and the Serbian Yugoslav Communists and Titoists are on the SAME side of an issue...It happens much more often than the Croatians are willing to admit...

Aleksandra Rebic


May 15, 2015

Chetnik leader's rehabilitation "bad decision for Serbia"

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic says the rehabilitation of Draza Mihailovic was "a bad decision for Serbia."

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic
Photo: (Beta/Hina, file)
She also stated that the decision was bad for relations with Croatia, and will have consequences for relations in the region, but that Croatia will not send a diplomatic note to Serbia.

Pusic added that she was glad that high political officials of Serbia, especially Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, "distanced themselves from the entire case."

"I would not like to be in their shoes, this is pretty tragic for the country's reputation and political culture," said Pusic.

According to her, the court ruling will cause divisions in Serbian society and complicate regional relations, Croatia's Hina agency reported.

"On Monday is the working breakfast within the usual format before the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on Serbia as a country that is negotiating with the European Union. In this context, it is an issue that Serbia will have to deal with," said Pusic.

Asked whether Croatia would block Serbia's path towards the EU, she said this was "done by the Serbian court".

"The court harmed them by this decision, we have no reason to do that, it's a problem they will have to solve," said Pusic, who rejected the claims that "this development opens up the possibility of rehabilitation of other war criminals."

Pusic also pointed out that the of Dragan Vasiljkovic, aka Captain Dragan, is expected soon, and that court proceedings would be initiated afterwards in accordance with the law.


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1 comment:

  1. "Other war criminals" - you mean like Ante Pavelic and Krunoslav Draganovic? Give me a break.

    Honest question (for Aleksandra too!) - has Croatia ever owned up to, or apologized to Serbia re: Jasenovac? I know my memory is bad, but I think I'd remember that.