Victor Boştinaru expresses concerns over the recent events that took place in the Croatian city of Vukovar.
Victor Boştinaru, President of the European Parliament informal group “Friends of Serbia” expressed his worries concerning the recent events that took place in the Croatian city of Vukovar.
On Monday, the 2nd of September, the local authorities were met with resistance when they started putting up public administration plaques in two languages in Vukovar, as decided by the Government. Protesters smashed them, and a series of violent incidents followed in the next days.
According to Victor Bostinaru: “the signs containing also Serbian cyrillic are a symbol of the protection that the Croatian state committed to grant to all minorities. Therefore, these incidents cannot be tolerated. The violent demonstrations that took place afterwards, the protesters being described in reports as members of the HQ for the Defence of the Croatian Vukovar, are even more concerning, if we take into account the implication of the extreme right parties”.
The MEP also emphasized that: “the local Serbians are Croatian citizens, even though representing a minority, and as citizens they have duties and rights that have to be respected by both sides.”
“I welcome the commitment of the Government in Zagreb to respect the European law and values and to protect their minorities . Moreover, i salute the decision of the President Ivo Josipovic, to mediate the conflict , in order to find a solution together with the Serbian minority” concluded Victor Bostinaru.
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