"Serbian-Croatian relations in the 20th century - identity protection"
The scientific meeting “Serbian-Croatian relations in the 20th century – protection of identity” was held in Golubić from 22 – 27. August 2014 The meeting is the product of multi-year efforts of the organizers of the meeting, CHDR and AHCR , to build and strengthen the policy of regional stability and reconciliation.
Historians, economists and lawyers who gathered at the traditional meeting on Serbian-Croatian relations and who presented their work within the group of scientists who dealt with the issue of preserving and protecting national identity came to the following conclusions at the end of the meeting:
- Identity is multifaceted, and in addition to preserving national identity, we can also talk about preserving the identity of every citizen, as well as other collective identities.
- National identities of minority communities must enjoy full state protection.
- The protection of identity should not be limited to the protection of tradition, culture, language and writing, but should also include the economic aspect of the sustainability of the Serbian minority in Croatia and the Croatian minority in Serbia.
- Minority self-governments are of great importance in preserving identity, and they must have stable legal and economic conditions for smooth operation.
- “Entrepreneurs” of commemorations must take into account the necessity of integrative factors for all citizens of the country in which they operate.
- Minority self-governments should, in addition to the obligation to encourage full protection of identity, also promote respect for other identities and not produce conflicts on that basis.
- Identity, including national identity, must not be subject to political manipulation.
Cultivating national identities, that is, the identity of national minorities, does not in any way threaten the identities of the majority people and vice versa.
- Preservation of identity contributes to multiculturalism and richness of society.
- Commemorating the historical dates of one of these two nations must not threaten the identity of the other nation.