He added that this is the ninth year in a row that the pogrom, a serious crime and the announcement of ethnic cleansing after the Second World War, is being commemorated in this way, and that for years in Serbia there seemed to be no witnesses to the crime, no one to tell how the Serbs were killed and their houses burned. and how they stoned them as they left their homes or that they bombed the refugee column.
During that time, as he stated, “Serbia was failing and apologizing to everyone for what it needed and what it didn’t need”.
“To say today that there is no more silence and that we are all witnesses that there will be no more crimes is the most sacred obligation, one that we will not give up, but it is not easy to fulfill,” said the President of Serbia and pointed out that Serbs are equally Serbs wherever they are. born.
Vučić said that Serbia no longer intends to bow its head and that it will confirm that the “forbidden city” of Jasenovac and the “Storm” are not myths but facts that Serbs live with.
“Don’t expect the Serbs to give up their dead, we overtook both Jasenovac and ‘Oluja’,” said Vučić.
He stated that Serbia wants peace at almost any cost, that it wants no one’s life to be endangered, and that we protect each other as they protect us.
Vučić recalled the recent events in the north of Kosovo and said that he was telling the world leaders that “we have nowhere else to go”.
He added that the state will respond to the “hysteria of lies and threats” by calling for peace.
“The last few days have been the most difficult for me in the past few years. They brought us to the edge, when I had to say that we have nowhere to go. When that’s the case, then we will protect and defend our people, and you see if you can join us.” , Vucic said.
Serbia marks the day when the offensive of the Croatian army and police and units of the Croatian Council of Defense on the areas of Banija, Kordun, Lika and northern Dalmatia, i.e. on the then Republic of Serbian Krajina, started the military-police action Storm, which led to the exodus of more than 200,000 Serbs from of Croatia.
Dodik: Only Serbs who are unique can preserve memory and memory
Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, said this evening at the commemoration of the Day of Remembrance for all victims and exiles in the armed action “Storm”, that Serbs can only preserve memory and memory by being united and united.
“One day, as a result of all the suffering, our national unity will have to come. The fate of us Serbs is difficult, but we must gather and know that there will be no more columns if Serbia defends us. The Croats killed us, they stole our property.” said Dodik in Novi Sad.
He said that the Serbs were exiled and that “Storm” was a crime, pogrom, genocide, ethnic cleansing.
Dodik stated that the Serbs will not forget the “Storm”, but that there was “almost” forgetting, stressing that the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, initiated the initiative and that without it, family and personal suffering would have remained.
“We are here for the ninth time, to say that we will not forget, and we almost did. If it wasn’t for Mr. Vučić who initiated the initiative, the forgetting would have been epic, only family and personal suffering would have remained,” said Dodik.
Patriarch: We remember crimes, but it is not bad memory
Serbian Patriarch Porfirije said, after the memorial service for the victims of the “Storm” action, that from today we pray for all the innocent victims of that terrible August 1995, that the crimes are remembered, but that memory is not “misremembering”.
At the meeting in Novi Sad, the Patriarch said that Serbs today remember the violent exodus from the areas of Dalmatia, Banija, Kordun, Lika and Western Slavonia, that they do not forget the victims and destruction in Zadar, the execution in Medak, the terrible terror and those who were killed as far as Pakrac and Slavonia villages.
He added that witnesses to the crime were also present and that their testimonies should be remembered so that no one could say that the crimes did not happen.
“And I will repeat a hundred times that we should not misremember, because misremembering would overcome us too, anger and hatred would crush us and weaken any creative potential in us, but we must look to the most innocent one who gave a message from the cross? Father, forgive them because they do not know what they are doing! ‘ This is our faith and the faith of our fathers,” said Patriarch Porfirije.
Stating that today we also remember the suffering in Jadovno, Sisak, Glina and Jasenovac, he recalled the actions of the holy martyr Vukašin from Jasenovac, who was able to say the words “Only you, child, do your job” while he was being tortured, which, as he said, “are not an expression hatred, malice or contempt, because they are not the strength of an ordinary man, but of one who is immersed and focused on Christ”.
Patriarch Porfirije said that Serbia embraced everyone, that it has infinite love and kindness for everyone and that in Serbia we do not ask how one is baptized and how one prays to God.
“We love that kind of Serbia and we pray for it, that it stays like that and that there is room for everyone,” said the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Porfirije.
In addition to citizens and church representatives, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, member of the BiH presidency Milorad Dodik and other state officials are also attending the commemoration of the military action Storm.