Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided on Monday that the Croatian Ambassador in Sweden will not participate at the Literature Nobel Prize ceremony in protest against 2019 laureate Peter Handke, who is best-known in Croatia for backing late Serbian President Slobodan Milošević and his genocidal policies.
Handke did not answer questions about his support for Milosevic during a December 6 news conference in Stockholm.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday denounced the choice of Handke, saying "the Nobel has no value", according to Agence France-Presse.
The 77-year-old Austrian author is to receive his Nobel Prize from the hands of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony with this year's other laureates, followed by a gala banquet attended by more than 1,200 special guests.
Handke, 76, was recognised for "an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience", the Academy said when the award was announced in October.
Handke is known as a great admirer of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, who died in detention at the United Nations war crimes tribunal in The Hague in 2006.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a protest in Stockholm led by associations representing Bosniak war victims from the 1992-95 conflict.
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"As a serious, established writer who has a lot of clout in European literature, Handke has been used in the narrative of genocide denial in the Balkans", said Mahmutovic, who fled to Sweden as a refugee from the war in Bosnia in 1993. "Where is the limit for what is acceptable?" asked Srebrenica-born Sabanovic, who lost much of her family in the genocide.
Emir Suljagic leads the Srebrenica Memorial Center, devoted to the memory of the over 8,000 men and boys killed by Bosnian Serb forces in a single day in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
In 1997, Handke was accused of minimising Serb war crimes in his book A Journey to the Rivers: Justice for Serbia.
Handke, the author of books such as "The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick" and "Slow Homecoming", defended his writing in an interview with the German weekly Die Zeit in late November.
"I was there. We all know who's guilty", wrote Amanpour, the chief global anchor for CNN who covered the war as a young reporter.
Gun-Britt Sundstrom said the choice of Handke had been interpreted as if literature stood above politics and she did not agree.
One Nobel Committee for Literature member, Henrik Peterson, has argued that Handke is "radically unpolitical" in his writing, and his support for the Serbs has been misunderstood.
In response to a letter from survivors of war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Olsson said: "It is obvious that we understand Peter Handke's literary work in very different ways".