Old foes Serbia and Croatia unable to leave past behind

Croatian soldiers watch as a Yugoslav military convoy is forced to withdraw from Karlovac in 1991Twenty-one years after they were at war, relations between Balkan neighbours Serbia and Croatia are mired in bitter exchanges, as they struggle to turn the page on their past. Croatia, which joined the European Union in 2013, and Serbia, which is negotiating accession to the bloc, both claim to be attached to European values, cooperation and good neighbourly relations. Both countries were among the six republics making up communist Yugoslavia, which began to fall apart after two of them — Croatia and Slovenia — proclaimed independence in 1991.

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