Bosnian Croats Mark the Anniversary of Wartime Statelet

Bosnian Croat politicians marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of a breakaway statelet in Bosnia during the 1992-95 war. The anniversary was marked with a ceremony in Mostar, the designated capital of the Bosnian Croat republic that was dissolved in 1996.

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At the ceremony celebrating the formation of the Croat Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia in 1993, fallen Bosnian Croat soldiers were honored with floral wreaths by the delegations of the Bosnian Croat political parties and the parliament of neighboring Croatia. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking Bosnian Croat politicians, including the Bosnian Presidency member Dragan Čović, the Federation entity president Marinko Čavara and the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton prime minister Nevenko Herceg.

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Wartime political and military leadership of the Bosnian Croat statelet was found guilty of conspiracy to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity from 1993 to 1995 by a UN court in the Netherlands last year. The court ruled that they worked with the leadership of Croatia to ethnically cleanse parts of Bosnia claimed by Bosnian Croats. Six former officials were sentenced to 111 years in prison.

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