Croatia did not exhume 400 known gravesites
BELGRADE - Coordination of the Serbian Associations of Families of Missing Persons from the territory of former Yugoslavia stated on Tuesday that the Zagreb government's insistence on resolution of the issue of missing persons in the past war is “insincere and hypocritical”, having in mind that the remains of 400 Serb victims have still not been exhumed from known gravesites in Croatia.
This non-governmental organization commented on the statement made by the Croatian Deputy Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic during her Monday's visit to Belgrade that the conditions that were necessary for dropping the genocide charges (before the ICJ) have not been met, and that the issue of the missing persons is still on the agenda.
"It is little known to the general public, but to this day Croatia has not exhumed the remains of Serb victims from known gravesites, although it is possible to do so immediately," Serbian Associations of Families of Missing Persons announced.
They also noted that, based on the data provided by the Croatian side itself, there are records of gravesites of 150 Serb victims killed in Croatian military operations Flash and Storm. According to the non-governmental Documentation and Information Center Veritas from Serbia, there are records referring to gravesites of around 400 Serbs who went missing during the civil war in Croatia, from 1991 to 1995.
"On the other hand, Serbia has conducted exhumations at all known gravesites. Therefore, any insistence on the issue of missing persons coming from the Croatian side is insincere and hypocritical, until all Serb victims have been exhumed from the known gravesites in Croatia," stressed the release.
Coordination of the Serbian Associations of Families of Missing Persons from the territory of former Yugoslavia stated that it is not satisfied with the work and organization of the Serbian government's Commission for Missing Persons and expressed hope that after the early parliamentary elections on March 16 the fate of missing Serbs will be one of the priorities of the new government.
The Croatian list of missing persons contains 844 names, while according to Veritas, the Serbian side is searching for 1,984 missing persons.
Veritas also possesses information on the so-called “garden graves” and mass graves of Serb victims, the organization's president Savo Strbac told Tanjug, and added that besides the unexhumed gravesites, there is also the problem of 430 Serb victims who have still not been identified.
Source: TANJUG / InSerbia