Serbian leader won’t apologize for his nationalist past

Serbian leader won't apologize for his nationalist past

Serbian leader won't apologize for his nationalist past
Police cordons off the government building area to prevent protesters access ahead of Serbia's president Aleksandar Vucic visit in Zagreb, Croatia, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. President Vucic is on two day state visit to Croatia.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

ZAGREB, Croatia/February 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — Serbia’s president has refused to apologize for his nationalist wartime rhetoric calling for a “Greater Serbia” that would include large parts of Croatia, saying he won’t be humiliated.

President Aleksandar Vucic said Tuesday — when grilled by reporters about a 1995 speech he made — that Serbs and Croats have widely different views of the war they fought in the 1990s during the bloody breakup of former Yugoslavia.

Vucic was a fervent Serbian nationalist during the war, but now says he is a pro-EU reformer. His two-day visit to Croatia this week is seen as an attempt to mend ties between the two Balkan rivals.

About 10,000 people were killed during the war when minority Serbs took control of a third of Croatia’s territory, trying to unite with Serbia.

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (US)

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