Serbia, Croatia could retract genocide claims

The new Croatian social democratic government is more likely to resolve the outstanding issue of genocide claims.

An inter-governmental agreement on genocide claims between Serbia and Croatia may bring both countries better results than those expected from adjudication in front of the International Court of Justice, or ICJ, Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said this week.

“It is important to assess what are the chances of success as well as how is it possible to get what you want without an expensive and long trial,” he said.

“In general, it is always better to solve issues with an agreement, you can maybe get even more. But this is a decision that should be made by the government,” he added.

Croatia’s genocide claim at the ICJ dates back to the year 1999, in which the country demanded that Belgrade be made liable for punishing all perpetrators of war crimes committed on Croatian territory, return looted cultural property and pay reparations for war damages from the conflict that began in 1991.

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