1. VUKOVAR: BOOK "APPEALS BY DR. VESNA BOSANAC" PRESENTED
2. 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKABRNJA MASSACRE MARKED
3. VUKOVAR MARKS 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY
4. BOOK WRITTEN BY CROAT DETAINED IN BOSNIAN SERB CAMP PRESENTED
5. ANNIVERSARY OF HERZEG BOSNIA MARKED IN MOSTAR
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VUKOVAR: BOOK "APPEALS BY DR. VESNA BOSANAC" PRESENTED
VUKOVAR, Nov 18 (Hina) - A collection of appeals the war-time head of the Vukovar hospital, Dr. Vesna Bosanac, forwarded to international associations, warning about daily artillery attacks on the hospital during the Serb siege of the town in 1991, was presented at the Vukovar hospital on Monday evening. "How can we expect the same community to understand Croatia today, if it did not want to understand it then and help save the wounded from the Vukovar hospital," a war-time surgeon at the hospital, Juraj Njavro, said presenting the book. War-time health minister Andrija Hebrang said "appeals for Vukovar are needed today as well, because we are again facing a situation when we have to justify the existence of a free Vukovar". (hina) rml sb
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11TH ANNIVERSARY OF SKABRNJA MASSACRE MARKED
SKABRNJA, Nov 18 (Hina) - Government and parliament officials, Zadar County and city officials, representatives of Homeland War associations and Skabrnja municipal officials on Monday laid wreaths at a monument erected at a mass grave at the local graveyard in Skabrnja to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Serb massacre of civilians and soldiers from the southern municipality. Wreaths were laid by a government delegation, led by minister Gordana Sobol, a parliamentary delegation, led by vice-president Ivica Kostovic, and delegations of Zadar County, the City of Zadar, Homeland War associations, Skabrnja municipality and many others. Sobol reminded that 86 lives in Skabrnja were given for Croatia's freedom but that children in the village were still endangered by unexploded mines. The government will do all it can to restore security in Skabrnja, Sobol said. "Not even today, 11 years after the horrendous massacre, is this Croatian tragedy less shocking, but we are not here to instigate hatred and division but warn about the morality of the Homeland War," the minister said.
Parliament vice-president Kostovic said it was incomprehensible that the suffering of Croats from Vukovar to Skabrnja was being forgotten due to the theory of equal responsibility as promoted by the Hague tribunal. One must not insult the Croat people with indictments which the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague is issuing against Croatian officers and which mention genocide and ethnic cleansing, he said. (hina) rml sb
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VUKOVAR MARKS 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRAGEDY
VUKOVAR, Nov 18 (Hina) - More than 10,000 people marched with lit candles through the streets of Vukovar on Monday, Memorial Day of 1991 Vukovar Victims, paying respects to people killed and missing during the Greater Serbian aggression. State, county and town delegations, as well as representatives of veterans' and war victims' associations laid wreaths at the foot of a memorial at the Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims at which 646 victims of Greater Serbian aggression against Vukovar have been buried.
Presidential Advisor for internal affairs, Igor Dekanic, laid a wreath on behalf of the President. Parliamentary president Zlatko Tomcic laid a wreath on behalf of the Croatian parliament, and Vice-Premier Zeljka Antunovic on behalf of the government. Among the numerous residents of Vukovar, returnees, war victims and war veterans were Croatian Homeland War Veterans' Minister Ivica Pancic, the president of the Croatian Social Liberal Party (HSLS), Drazen Budisa, the president of the Croatian Christian Democratic Party (HKDU), Anto Kovacevic, the president of the Croatian Bloc party (HB), Ivic Pasalic, the vice-president of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), Jadranka Kosor, the vice-president of the Democratic Centre (DC), Vesna Skare Ozbolt, and representatives of other political parties.
In 90 days during which Vukovar was defended before it succumbed to Serb attacks, 600 Croatian soldiers and more than a thousand civilians had been killed, 22,000 Vukovar Croats and other non-Serbs had been displaced, and 10,000 imprisoned soldiers and civilians taken to concentration camps. Six hundred and twenty people are still registered as missing from Vukovar-Srijem County. Most of them were last heard of or seen in Vukovar.About 1,800 Croatian soldiers participated in the defence of Vukovar, fending off the superior enemy for full three months. On November 18, 1991, the Serb aggressor managed to break through the exhausted defence and enter the town.
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BOOK WRITTEN BY CROAT DETAINED IN BOSNIAN SERB CAMP PRESENTED
ZAGREB, Nov 18 (Hina) - A book entitled "Apartman 102" ("Apartment 102" in an unofficial translation), written by a Bosnian Croat woman, who was detained in a Serb detention camp, was presented in Zagreb on Monday evening.
The author of this book, Jadranka Cigelj, wrote about her suffering and the suffering of other women and men imprisoned in the Serb-run concentration camp in Omarska (north-western Bosnia), where she had been detained from 14 June to 8 August 1992. After being released from the camp thanks to the mediation of some western European reporters, Cigelj co-operated with International Red Cross, associations for the protection of human rights, and spoke about the atrocities, committed in the camp, before the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress and Senate. Since September 1992 Cigelj has been living in Zagreb, and she has gathered over 15,000 statement for the Croatian section of the international society for the human rights, while working on a project called "The Voice of the Victim - the Voice for the Victim". (hina) ms
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ANNIVERSARY OF HERZEG BOSNIA MARKED IN MOSTAR
MOSTAR, Nov 18 (Hina) - The general vicar of the Mostar-Duvno diocese called for support for the establishment of a Croat entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina in his sermon at a memorial mass for killed Croat soldiers, held on the occasion of the 11th anniversary of the Croat Community of Herzeg Bosnia. The mass was said at the cathedral in the southern city of Mostar on Monday.
The Croat Community of Herzeg Bosnia was established on November 18, 1991. In the autumn of 1993 the Croat Republic of Herzeg Bosnia was established, however, the Dayton Agreement of 1995 did not recognise it as the country's third entity. Rev. Luka Pavlovic spoke affirmatively about the Croat Community of Herzeg Bosnia and the Croat Republic of Herzeg Bosnia, opposing the use of the attribute "so-called" with their names. The Catholic dignitary believes that Herzeg Bosnia was established as a framework for the freedom of the Croat people in Bosnia-Herzegovina, but was later abolished.
The Croat politicians in Bosnia-Herzegovina now have the duty to fight for what we once fought for," Pavlovic said. The service was also attended by a delegation of the Croatian Democratic Union of Bosnia-Herzegovina, led by acting president Barisa Colak.
Rev. Pavlovic called on the gathered to pray for deceased Croatian politicians, a former president of the Croat Republic of Herzeg Bosnia, Mate Boban, former Croatian president Franjo Tudjman, former Croatian defence minister Gojko Susak, and a former deputy interior minister of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jozo Leutar. (hina) rml sb
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