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Croatia will respond to Serbia for genocide

November 19 2008

Serbia appeals to the International Court in The Hague, accusing Croatia of ethnic cleansing and war crimes committed in the territory of the country during "Operation Storm" in 1995, said on Wednesday the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Vuk Jeremic. The initiative is associated with voice, on Tuesday the decision of the ICJ to take up the appeal of Croatia, in which she accuses the then existing Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in the genocide of Croats during the armed conflict in the Yugoslav territory in 1990.

After Montenegro seceded from the FRY, the Court of Justice ruled that the sole defendant in this case is now Serbia. International Court of Justice rejected the preliminary objections of Belgrade. "Croatia is an inadequate way to respond to Serbia's outstretched hand of reconciliation to which Serbia has repeatedly offered to Croatia, wanting to leave the past behind and turn to a joint European future. In order to determine the truth now would be an allegation against Croatia," - said Jeremic in the air of the state television RTS . He recalled that Croatia does not recognize the fact of ethnic cleansing in its territory, which resulted in the country left the 250,000 Serbs.

"We will do everything to make our case was properly before the court. We will take into account all the events of the twentieth century, during World War II and during the existence of the Independent State of Croatia. We turn to history, to establish the truth for the sake of a common future", - said the Foreign Minister of Serbia. Events that will be the subject of the claim Serbs refer to August 1995 and held at this time of "Operation Storm". She carried the Croatian Army and police in the political and military support the United States against citizens of the breakaway Republic of Serbian Krajina, which occupied nearly a third of Croatian territory.

As a result of this operation, 4 August 1995 about 250 thousand Serbs have been forced to flee their homes and move to Serbia and the Serbian part of Bosnia. More than two thirds of their homes were subsequently looted and burnt. "Operation Storm" is one of the most brutal ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. Accurate data on the human victims of the operation still does not exist. According to some reports, during the "Storm" were killed about two thousand people, according to RIA News .

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