“Croatia’s president has paid respect to the victims of one of the most notorious massacres committed by Bosnian Croat troops during Bosnia’s 1992-95 conflict — a move expected to ease tensions between Sarajevo and Zagreb. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who’s on a two-day visit to Bosnia, made an unannounced stop Thursday at Ahmici, the central Bosnian village where Bosnian Croat forces killed 116 Muslim Bosniak civilians and set their homes on fire in April 1993. In November, The Hague-based U.N. war crimes court convicted six Bosnian Croat war-time leaders over their role in crimes committed during the conflict. In its ruling, the court established the six were acting in concert with the leadership of Croatia to carve up Bosnia and establish Croat domination.” (Washington Post)

“Austria looks like extending its ban on Croatian workers for another two years. Austrian Minister of Labour, Beate Hartinger-Klein, opposes full opening of the labour market to Croatian citizens this year. “We need to consider that there are 400,000 unemployed people in Austria. We will report this to the European Commission by June 30, and provide our arguments for this,” the minister added. Austria must decide by July 1 this year whether it will extend the restrictions for the work of Croatian citizens for another two years.” (The Dubrovnik Times)

“It will have been 25 years on Monday since Croatia reconnected its north and south in one of the most significant military operations of the Homeland War, Operation Maslenica.The Zadar region, where the battle was fought, is marking the anniversary with several days of events. On this rainy Sunday morning, around 50 veterans and members of various Homeland War groups set out on a pilgrimage, walking 26 kilometers along what was once the front line. Croatia lost 127 soldiers and police officers in Operation Maslenica. ‘We want to pay our respects to the 18 people who died in the battle for Kašić, and all 127 people who died fighting in Operation Maselnica,’ said veteran Smilijan Tomašević, who marched in the procession. The pilgrimage is an annual event organized by the Women of the Homeland War Association. Ivana Haberle, a member of the group, says the bad weather was not going to keep the pilgrims away. ‘In the words of Ante Gotovina, one of the generals who planned the operation, rain is the least that can harm the Croatian people. We’re not giving up because our fighters didn’t give up,” she said.” (Voice of Croatia)