BOMBARDMENT OF DUBROVNIK Franković Refused To Take Photo With Trebinje Deputy Mayor

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Olja Ljubišić
Photographer(s): Goran Mratinović
‘As long as they don’t apologize, we will not cooperate with those who attacked us!’ the mayor of Dubrovnik said. 

Mato Franković, the mayor of Dubrovnik and Mirko Ćurić, Trebinje Deputy Mayor attended the opening of the new border crossing in Ivanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Franković refused to take the photo with Ćurić stating that takes more than good will for cooperation and that it’s necessary to apologize to the citizens of Dubrovnik, mothers who lost their sons, families that lost children and children who lost their parents.

‘When they apologize, as Montenegro did, Dubrovnik will be ready for cooperation with Trebinje,’ Franković added.

Dubrovnik, including its historic UNESCO World Heritage Site core, was heavily attacked from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro from 1 October 1991. The culmination on 6 December 1991 ‘provoked international condemnation’ and ‘became a public relations disaster for Serbia and Montenegro, contributing to their diplomatic and economic isolation, as well as the international recognition of Croatia’s independence’.

Milo Đukanović, Montenegrin president, in 2000 apologized for the siege, but the apology from Serb-dominated state of Republika Srpska (part of Bosnia and Gerzegovina) never arrived.