EU Tells Croatia It Must Investigate War Crimes

Brussels says Croatia must do more to investigate war crimes, and make its judiciary more independent, if it is to join the European Union.

EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule said that the government in Zagreb would have to improve efforts in a range of policy areas and address issues lingering from the bitter 1991 to 1995 war of independence from Yugoslavia.

Croatia would have to ensure that war crimes from the conflict do not go unpunished, Fule said. The commissioner also stressed that Croatia had to guarantee the rights of a Serbian minority that live in the country.

Serbian war crimes in Croatia during the Balkan conflict have been well-documented. However, Croatian troops are also blamed for atrocities such as the Gospic massacre, in which some 100 Serbian civilians disappeared.

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