Croatia’s President Honors Massacre Victims

Croatia’s president made a quick stop at a central Bosnia village to pay respects to the victims of a notorious 1993 massacre committed by Bosnian Croat troops during the Bosnian war of the nineties.

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović was in a three-day official visit to Bosnia this week, amid worsening relations between two countries,  exacerbated by her recent trip to Turkey, where she discussed the hot-button issue of Bosnia’s election law with the country’s president, but without the presence of Bosnian officials.

In Sarajevo, she met with members of the Bosnian Presidency for talks that focused on the changes in Bosnia’s election legislation and the construction of Pelješac Bridge.

Following the criticism for her failure to visit the sites of war crimes committed during the Bosniak-Croat conflict, President Grabar-Kitarović made an unannounced stop at the village of Ahmići, where Bosnian Croat forces killed 116 Bosniak civilians in April 1993.

In November 2017, the U.N. court for war crimes committed in former Yugoslavia jailed six Bosnian Croat wartime leaders for their role in crimes committed during the conflict. The court ruled that the six were acted as part of a “joint criminal enterprise” with the leadership of Croatia to establish Croat domination by ethnic cleansing in parts of Bosnia.

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