Official: Serbia will not drop Croatian genocide lawsuit unilaterally

Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

BELGRADE, Serbia, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Serbia will only withdraw its genocide lawsuit against Croatia if Croatia does the same, an adviser to President Tomislav Nikolic says.

Marko Duric told the newspaper Vecernje Novosti on Tuesday that Serbia will not take unilateral action, the broadcaster B92 reported.

"We will not unilaterally and with any kind of conditions withdraw the genocide lawsuit against Croatia, so that we can, at the expense of our state and national interests, create a way out for others, who created the problem themselves," Duric said. "Our message was, and remains: let us withdraw unconditionally the lawsuits, and turn to the future."

Croatia took the first step, suing Serbia in the International Court of Justice for killings that took place during the fighting that accompanied the breakup of Yugoslavia. Serbia filed a counter-suit.

Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said recently that her country would be willing to discuss dropping the lawsuit if Serbia agreed to provide information on missing people.

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