Did Serbs have a right to Krajina?

Nov 2014
248
ph
#1
Should the Croats not have forced the Serbs out and allow them to form an autonomous region instead in Croatia, or did the Serbs in Krajina have a right to leave Croatia, and the Croats are in the wrong here with regards to the rights of ethknix groups to self determination, regardless of what war crimes may have occurred.
 

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
2,290
Republika Srpska
#2
I mean, under the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution, the Serbs in Croatia technically had the right of self-determination, however the Constitution is unclear on whether this means they had the right to form their own region. That being said, Croatia also had no right to unilaterally secede from Yugoslavia because the Constitution is clear that in order for the borders of the SFR Yugoslavia to change, all republics must agree to the change. This didn't happen.
 
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Nov 2014
248
ph
#3
I mean, under the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution, the Serbs in Croatia technically had the right of self-determination, however the Constitution is unclear on whether this means they had the right to form their own region. That being said, Croatia also had no right to unilaterally secede from Yugoslavia because the Constitution is clear that in order for the borders of the SFR Yugoslavia to change, all republics must agree to the change. This didn't happen.
Did they have the right to have an autonomous region where their language and culture is preserved at least?
 

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
2,290
Republika Srpska
#5
Though keep in mind that there actually was a plan to transform Serbian Krajina into an autonomous region of Croatia. Z-4 Plan from 1995.
 
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Sep 2014
773
Texas
#6
Should the Croats not have forced the Serbs out and allow them to form an autonomous region instead in Croatia, or did the Serbs in Krajina have a right to leave Croatia, and the Croats are in the wrong here with regards to the rights of ethknix groups to self determination, regardless of what war crimes may have occurred.
The Croats murdered three million Serbs during WW 2. Impressed the hell out of the Germans. The Croats remind me too much of the Turks.
 
Jun 2012
7,067
Malaysia
#8
I mean, under the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution, the Serbs in Croatia technically had the right of self-determination, however the Constitution is unclear on whether this means they had the right to form their own region. That being said, Croatia also had no right to unilaterally secede from Yugoslavia because the Constitution is clear that in order for the borders of the SFR Yugoslavia to change, all republics must agree to the change. This didn't happen.
Point is, once the intra-Yugoslavian civil war broke out, the member states did not want to remain in a united Yugoslavian federation anymore. Except perhaps Serbia.

So, there was no federation member state left strong enough to keep imposing & enforcing the Yugoslavian Constitution over the rest of the fracturing federation.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
14,371
SoCal
#9
Though keep in mind that there actually was a plan to transform Serbian Krajina into an autonomous region of Croatia. Z-4 Plan from 1995.
Interesting. That said, though, it doesn't seem like Croatia was actually interested in this plan--which would be unsurprising given that Croatia wouldn't want a large Serbian fifth column inside of the country.

Should the Croats not have forced the Serbs out and allow them to form an autonomous region instead in Croatia, or did the Serbs in Krajina have a right to leave Croatia, and the Croats are in the wrong here with regards to the rights of ethknix groups to self determination, regardless of what war crimes may have occurred.
Frankly, what would have probably been best would have for the internal borders of Yugoslavia to have been drawn more along ethnic lines. Granted, this would have been a challenge in Bosnia, but it would have still been doable. In such a scenario, Serbia would have lost Kosovo and the Presevo Valley (though it ultimately ended up losing Kosovo anyway in real life as well) but would have gained most of the Serbian-heavy parts of Bosnia and Croatia.