Croatian parliament debates aid to Serbs

Zagreb, May 19, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) The parliament on 18 May discussed a government proposal to extend financial assistance for repairing war-damaged homes to members of the Serbian minority, "Jutarnji list" reported.

At present, Croats qualify for such aid but not Serbs. The proposal would extend assistance to all but 25 Serbs whom the authorities have indicted for war crimes.

Legislators from the Croatian Democratic Community (HDZ) of former President Franjo Tudjman charged that the draft law would "give reparations to those who destroyed Croatia" and "equate Croats expelled from their homes [during the 1991-1995 conflict] with those who expelled them." Istrian deputy Damir Kajin said that the destruction of the Serbian homes was politically motivated and should never have happened in the first place, AP reported.

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