Prime Minister Calls for Joint Commemorations at Jasenovac

By 26 April 2018

ZAGREB, April 26, 218 - After representatives of some of Croatian minority communities recently boycotted the central state commemoration for the victims of the World War II Jasenovac concentration camp on April 22, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Thursday called on all social stakeholders in the country, notably politicians, to attend central state commemorations and make effort so "that in the future we could have a single commemoration at Jasenovac."

Addressing a government session, Plenković said that a state delegation this past Sunday paid tribute to all victims of Nazism and Fascism and that the government's position on the matter was very firm and clear.

"We reiterated that once again on Sunday, and we will continue doing so in the future," he said.

For the third year in a row, this past Sunday representatives of the Coordinating Committee of Jewish Communities of Croatia, the Serb National Council and the Association of Anti-Fascist Fighters and Anti-Fascists of Croatia boycotted the central state commemoration for the victims of the Ustasha-run concentration camp and honoured the victims at their own, separate commemorations.

They said that their non-attendance at the commemoration was due to the downplaying of Ustasha crimes, for which they believe the state authorities share the responsibility.