Prefect Dobroslavić on the appropriation of the cultural heritage of Dubrovnik “This is another insult from Serbia, Dubrovnik was and will remain Croatian!”
The Prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić, held a press conference on the occasion of the recently adopted law on the cultural heritage of the Republic of Serbia, which, among other things, includes editions of Dubrovnik literature in old and rare Serbian literature, which according to article 23 of this law also belong to Serbian and Croatian culture, ending in 1867.
“The Republic of Serbia has adopted a law by which it adopts writers from Dubrovnik. We see this as another insult to Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik-Neretva County. This law confirms in fact the project of Greater Serbia, which obviously has not died out and which reaches Croatian territory, in this case Dubrovnik. This same project, three decades ago, destroyed the historic center of Dubrovnik, burned and destroyed Konavle, Župa Dubrovačka and Dubrovačko Primorje, and caused great harm. Thirty years ago we defeated the Greater Serbia project in our region and in all of Croatia, and we will not allow it to happen. Dubrovnik has been and will always be Croatian, as well as its cultural heritage,” Dobroslavić said and said that reaching another people’s territory cannot and will not be successful.
“Our government and ourselves will preserve our cultural treasure and Dubrovnik, which will remain Croatian forever”, underlined the prefect.
Asked by journalists about the possible connection between these Serbian efforts and the persistence in the Trebinje airport project, Prefect Dobroslavić said that this planned investment is obviously part of the Greater Serbia project.
“There is no other rational explanation for this project, other than the idea that Serbia wants to expand to areas it imagines as its own,” said Dubrovnik county prefect -Neretva, Nikola Dobroslavic.
Minister of Culture and Media Nina, Obuljen Koržinek, also condemned the adoption of this law and announced an official reaction through the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.