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Dated August 6, 1993
MEMORANDUM ON WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES OF GENOCIDE AGAINST THE SERBIAN PEOPLE IN THE AREA OF FORMER COMMUNE OF ODZAK BY USTASHI-FUNDAMENTALIST PARAMILITARY FORMATIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
Submitted by: State commission for war crimes
and the crime of genocide
Samac, May 21, 1993
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This memorandum presents data collected and checked to date about the war crimes and crimes of genocide against the Serbian people in the area of the former commune of Odzak committed by members of Ustashi-fundamentalist paramilitary formations and members of the National Guard of the Republic of Croatia in the period from May 8 to July 15, 1992.
The commune of Odzak is situated in the central part of Bosanska Posavina. It covers an area of 205 sq.km. which accounts for 0.40% of the territory of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
According to the 1991 census the commune of Odzak had 30,651 inhabitants or 149.5 inhabitants per sq.km. The population comprised 16,598 i.e. 54.15% Croats, 6,084 or 19.85% Serbs, 6,229 or 20.32% Moslems, 1,133 Yugoslavs or 3.7%, with rest accounting for 607 or 1.98%.
Preparations to do away with the Serbs and provocations designed to impose war on the Serbs in this part of Bosanska Posavina (Sava river valley) had started much earlier, especially in 1990, at the time of the establishment of the Croatian Democratic Union (CDU) as the national political party of the Croats, formed after the fashion of the Croatian Democratic Union in Croatia proper, the founder of which is Franjo Tudjman. The Croatian Democratic Union in B&H and in Bosanska Posavina was in terms of programme and methods of practical day to day politics wholly subordinated to the central leadership of the CDU in Zagreb and to Franjo Tudjman in person. The basic plank of the programme and policy of that party is anti-Yugoslavism, anti-Serbianism, and the clerico-fascist tradition of the Ustashi movement of Ante Starcevic, Josip Frank and Ante Pavelic, the Ustashi head (Poglavnik) of the so-called Independent State of Croatia in WWII. Initially this platform of theirs was hidden behind their alleged struggle against Communism as an undemocratic system with, as a propaganda ploy, the Serbs being declared the greatest obstacle to that struggle...
Commune of Odzak, in WWII was the staunchest bastion of Ustashiism and fascism. It was precisely here, in the Odzak area, that the units of the Yugoslav army ended their liberating operations in WWII, where an 11,000-strong group of Ustashi and Homeguardsmen (Domobran) fanatics put up a resistance from April 14 to May 25, 1945, namely 16 days after the official termination of WWII.
Dyed-in-the-wool Ustashi, true to their ancestors, members of the CDU in the area of the commune of Odzak started publicly threatening and psychologically intimidating the local Serbs already in 1990. Provocations and harassment of Serbs in the villages in the commune of Odzak started immediately after the establishment of the national parties of the Croats and Moslems and their promotions at various events and rallies.
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