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Sunday, November 2, 1997 Published at 15:03 GMT



World: Monitoring

Tudjman "to apologize to Jews" during trip to Israel next month

Croatian President Franjo Tudjman is to visit Israel in December and apologize for the actions of Croats against Jews during the Second World War, Israel Radio reported.

It said Tudjman had informed the Israeli Foreign Ministry that he intended to visit Israel next month.

"Tudjman announced that during his visit he will apologize on behalf of the Croatian people for deeds perpetrated by some of this nation during the Holocaust," the radio said.

Knesset Member Yosi Beilin of the opposition Labour Party, said he had submitted an urgent parliamentary motion calling on the government Israel to block Tudjman's visit because he had "denied the Holocaust".

Beilin said the Croatian president's readiness to apologize for his people's crimes against Jews "does not absolve him of the crime of saying that the Holocaust is a Jewish fabrication", the radio reported.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.








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