Sunday, May 16, 2010

Serbia / Croatia / International Tribunals

Serb PM: Serbia Ready to Drop Genocide Case against Croatia
By Matthew Becker, May 16, 2010
Photo: Avala
"Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic stated in Zagreb that Serbia is ready to drop its genocide case against Croatia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He told Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor that Serbia is 'prepared to drop our suit, of course, if an agreement is reached for us to drop the suits at the same time, without any added conditions.' Kosor stated that she '... feels the same way and I am speaking in the name of the Croatian government that it is important to clearly stand against the crimes of Miloševic's politics, the evil of these policies, which were policies of an aggressor towards everyone, and that is not a bilateral question for the Croatian government.' Kosor gave the Serbian Prime Minister copies of translated documents, worth 8 million Euros, that were necessary for Serbia's European Union accession process. Cvetkovic expressed Belgrade's gratitude for the documents, and stated that his country is 'content' with Zagreb's European integration process. ...
Croatia filed its genocide lawsuit against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (specifically, Serbia) on 02 July 1999 for 'violating the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide committed in Croatia during the 1991-1995 war,' known in Croatia as the Homeland War. The ICJ gave Serbia ten years to respond to the suit, which it did in December 2009, by filing a counter-suit, alleging that Zagreb committed genocide on Croatian-Serbs between 1991 and 1995. [...]"

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