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Diplomatic conflict escalates between Serbia, Croatia over Blessed Stepinac

July 29, 2016

The Croatian government has reacted strongly to Serbia’s formal diplomatic protest of a Croatian court’s decision to annul the 1946 conviction of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac.

The Croatian cardinal was convicted of treason in a Communist show trial.

Miro Kovac, Croatia’s minster of foreign and European affairs, described the diplomatic protest as “a cheap attempt at destabilizing Croatia at a sensitive time.”

“That's a recipe from the 1990s,” he continued. “The vocabulary unfortunately recalls the time of Slobodan Milosevic and the Greater Serbia aggression.”

Kovac added, “I have to say that these assessments regarding Cardinal Stepinac are fictitious and unacceptable. This is meddling in Croatia’s interior affairs.”

The Serbian foreign minister later said that Croatia’s formal written response was so insulting that Serbia’s ambassador in Croatia refused to accept it.

 
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