Serbia will always remember August 4, as the day marked by evil, Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said amid the marking of the 24th anniversary of the Croatian military-police operation in 1995, which resulted in the expulsion of over 220,000 Serbs from Croatia.
He added that on the anniversary of the Operation, "we should not express hatred towards others, but mourning for what happened to our people and draw lessons for the future."
"When we draw the line in relations with Croats, it seems paradoxical that someone is accusing Serbia of genocide, and yet there are only 180,000 Serbs left in Croatia, while according to the 1991 census, there were 560,000 Serbs and over 100,000 Yugoslavs – who were most often Serbs themselves, in Croatia. There were 150,000 Serbs and 100,000 Yugoslavs living in Sarajevo, and today there are fewer than 10,000 Serbs in that city. To some, that's no obstacle to continue claiming that we committed genocide," Dacic said.
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Zorana Mihajlovic said on this occasion that Serbia does not forget its victims, but it also wants to work on reconciliation and creation of a better future with all its neighbours.
According to Serbian authorities, 220,000 Serbs left Croatia during Operation Storm, 1,869 were killed, of which 1,220 were civilians, and data on the number of missing persons range from 745 to 1,183 people.