Croatia calls for an apology from Serbia following Knin incident

Croatia calls for an apology from Serbia following Knin incident

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia strongly condemns the scandalous act by a member of a delegation led by the state secretary at the Serbian Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government during a visit to Croatia, as well as the message that grossly insults Croatia and promotes the defeated ideas of a Greater Serbia.

“We especially regret that such unacceptable statements were made by a person who was part of an official Serbian delegation, for which we expect an official apology and unequivocal distancing,” the Ministry notes in a press release.

A member of a Serbian delegation referred to Knin as “Serbian and occupied”, expressing their wish for the Serbian flag to be flown over the region again one day.

Miloš Stojković, an aid worker and theologist, was part of a delegation led by the state secretary of the Serbian Ministry of State Administration and Local Self-Government who visited Serb communities in Šibenik-Knin-County on the occasion of a Serbian religious holiday.

While climbing on the Knin Fortress, Stojković filmed a video in which he greeted his friends from the “Serbian occupied territory.” “We are in our Krajina again; this is Knin, long live Serbia,” he was heard saying.

The video was posted on Facebook and was later deleted.

“Here, they celebrate the so-called Operation Storm, the pogrom of the Serbian people, and we are here to show them as much as we can that this right here is still the Serbian Krajina,” Stojković was heard saying. He pointed the camera towards the top of the fortress and saying: “There, on the top, is their flag, God willing we will fly ours one day; this is the occupied Serbian Knin.”

From 1991 to 1995, Knin was the centre of the “Republic of Serbian Krajina”, a territory under the control of local Serbs who rebelled against the Croatian authorities. Croatian police and Army forces entered the city in August 1995 in a military offensive dubbed Operation Storm. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Serbs left their homes and fled to Serbia and Republika Srpska.

The Police Administration of Šibenik-Knin County is investigating the situation to determine any further actions within their competence.

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs will we sending a protest note to the Serbian Embassy in Zagreb. /ibna