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Wednesday, 9 August, 2000, 22:52 GMT 23:52 UK
Croatian president apologises to Jews

The Croatian President, Stipe Mesic, has apologised for the crimes committed by Croatians against Jews during World War Two.

He was speaking during a visit with his Prime Minister, Ivica Racan, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Mr Mesic laid a wreath in the hall of remembrance and lit a candle under the engraved name of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The names of all camps, including Jasenovac in Croatia, are engraved on the wall. Between April 1941 and May 1945, the Ustasha Nazi puppet regime in Croatia sent hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and gypsies to the Nazi concentration camps in a bid to make Croatia ethnically pure.

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