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Bakir Izetbegovic’s statements insult Croatian war victims

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MOSTAR, Feb 7 (FENA) .- The statements of  the  Bosniak member of the BiH Presidency and SDA President,  Bakir Izetbegovic, related to the suffering of the  Croats  in the Homeland War, particularly in the Central Bosnia area, deeply  insult  Croatian victims of the Homeland War, the families of the killed, wounded and detained Croats and all HVO members.  

The Croatian veterans point out that  Izetbegovic  "belittled and insulted" Croat war victims,  and added that the Croat people in Central Bosnia suffered most gravely in the last war.   

Speaking about the last war in BiH Izetbegovic said that Army of BiH  had not committed  mass crimes, adding that Bosniak authorities systematically prevented them, and that the execution of 64 Croats in Krizancevo Selo was the consequence of the military defeat of HVO.

The truth is that during the Homeland  War, compared to the other two armies, HVO committed less crimes, and the relative to the number, the Croats were the greatest victims of the war in BiH, says the statement.

The statement goes on to say that in Central Bosnia alone  85,141 Croats were  displaced by the Bosniak side,  2751 Croats were killed, out of which 468 civilians, 2402 children were left without one or both parents, 3098  Croats become invalids, , 10,500  homes were destroyed, as well as 43  churches  and several hundreds of tombstones destroyed or desecrated, while   n the Travnik Municipality 28 villages in which Croats lived were completely ethnically cleansed,  including  the suffering of Croats in Novi Travnik, Vitez, Busovaca, Bugojno, Uskoplje, Fojnica, Zenica, Kakanj, Vares Kiseljak and Kresevo.  

“There were 331 camps and prisons  in the area under the control of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in which 14,444 Croats were detained, of which 10,346 civilians and 4,098 HVO soldiers, and none of those who ordered the crimes has been found responsible yet”, says the statement.   

"Our common future  needs  respect for all victims, prosecution of  perpetrators and war crimes , and not as yet a selective approach to  trials  and political assessments of the Homeland War,"  the HNS’s statement says.

The HVO  Veterans  of  Homeland War of the HNS  urged  all the media to convey  the  truth about suffering of Croats in  the Homeland War,  especially in the areas of Central Bosnia, which  by April 1994, was  completely  encircled by  the BiH Army.

(FENA)
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