Serbia ready to drop genocide case if Croatia does it first

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, August 16, 2013
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Serbia said that it is ready to drop its genocide case against Croatia at the International Court of Justice, but only if Zagreb drops its own lawsuit against Belgrade first.

“It should be noted that we didn’t file charges against Croatia [first], but that Zagreb did it first… Our lawsuit will be withdrawn after Croatia drops its charges,” Serbian foreign minister Ivan Mrkic told local media on Thursday.

Croatia filed genocide charges against Serbia at the International Court of Justice in 1999, also demanding that Belgrade punish all perpetrators of war crimes during the 1990s conflict, return looted cultural property and pay for wartime damages.

In response, Serbia submitted a counter-claim in 2010, maintaining that Croatia was guilty of genocide against Serbs during and after the war.

In June, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said that the political will existed on both sides to settle the issue out of court.

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