Prime Minister Miro Cerar says MEP’s motion for Communism victims memorial “misleading”

Prime Minister Miro Cerar has written to European Parliament President Martin Schulz in response to an initiative by Slovenian MEP Milan Zver (EPP/SDS) for a memorial to the victims of Communism in Slovenia to be erected in the European Parliament. He says that Zver’s arguments for the memorial are “misleading”. The response comes after the conservative MEP proposed in February a memorial to commemorate “more than 200,000 victims of the Communist genocide during and after the Second World War in Slovenia”.

The initiative has been welcomed in principle by Schulz and the head of the European People’s Party (EPP) faction Manfred Weber. In the letter sent over the weekend, Cerar says that Zver claims that the Slovenian state is dealing very slowly with the burning issue of post WWII reprisal killings too slowly were “misleading”. The prime minister also rejected the claim that there was a growing force in Slovenia that reject the decent treatment of these victims, according to a press release from Cerar’s office.

Cerar stressed that the National Assembly had adopted last year a law that systematically regulates the recording and marking of concealed war graves and the decent burial of victims. “This law is a result of successful cooperation between..the opposition New Slovenia, which is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and the ruling Modern Centre Party, of which I am the president.”

The prime minister noted that post-war violence in Slovenia had been publicly condemned at the highest political level on several occasions, including after the latest parliamentary elections in 2014.”The initiative by Mr. Zver thus represents a completely unfounded accusation of the Republic of Slovenia and its people. I am convinced that such a misleading initiative does not deserve support from the European Parliament,” Cerar concluded.