news 18 Oct 13

Croatia Exhumes Remains of 19 War Dead

The remains of 19 people who are believed to have been killed during the war in Croatia in 1991 were exhumed in a village in the eastern region of Slavonia.

Boris Pavelic
BIRN
Zagreb

The Croatian war veterans ministry said on Thursday that the human remains had been exhumed this week in the village of Masicka Sagovina village, near the city of Slavonski Brod.

According to preliminary information, the victims died in 1991, the ministry said.

Representatives of the Serbian government attended the exhumation, the ministry added.

The remains will be transferred to Zagreb for identification.

So far, the remains of 154 war victims have been exhumed in the county  of Slavonski Brod. The remains of 14 previously-exhumed war victims were also identified in Zagreb on Thursday.

Four of then died in the Slavonia region in 1991 and 1992, while eight others died during the Croatian military operation Storm in August 1995, and their remains were exhumed in the Lika, Sibenik and Sisak regions.

After Thursday’s identification, 1,684 people are still missing from the war in Croatia 1991-95.

The issue was a key topic during Croatian President Ivo Josipovic’s meeting with his Serbian counterpart Tomislav Nikolic in Belgrade on Wednesday.

Resolving the problem of wartime missing persons was “a precondition for resolving all issues between Zagreb and Belgrade”, Josipovic said.

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