BiH: High Representative pens letter to RSNA leadership to annul Charters to convicted war criminals

BiH: High Representative pens letter to RSNA leadership to annul Charters to convicted war criminals

International Community High Representative to Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko penned a letter to the Republika Srpska (RS) parliament leaders and heads of all its caucuses requesting that charters issued by this institution to those convicted of war crimes be annulled within three months, as N1 reports.

In his letter, Inzko recalled that on 24 October 2016 the organizing committee established to mark the 25th anniversary of the institution and work of the RS National Assembly awarded special charters and recognitions to numerous institutions, organizations and individuals, presented by Nedeljko Čubrilović in his capacity as Speaker of the RSNA. “Among those who received them were all former speakers of the National Assembly and members of the First Presidency of the RS, including Radovan Karadžić, Momčilo Krajišnik and Biljana Plavšić, whose actions shocked the world during the armed conflict and caused unimaginable human suffering. As you know, Karadžić, Krajišnik and Plavšić were convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,” reads the letter from the High Representative in BiH.

He added that “the glorification of war criminals, including lionization in the form in which we witnessed it on October 24, 2016, directly hurts and provokes those who suffered the consequences of the war and damages the memory of the victims.”

“In the long-term, it destabilizes the region and threatens the prospects for reconciliation in BiH,” Inzko said.

Inzko noted that the removal of the plaque of convicted war criminal Radovan Karadžić from the premises of the student dormitory in Pale near Sarajevo was the first step in the right direction.

“This creates an extraordinary opportunity for the RSNA to continue under your leadership on this path and to show political maturity, moral responsibility and moderation towards the future, by revoking the charters with decorations awarded to convicted war criminals Karadžić, Krajišnik and Plavšić which would place you personally and the institution you lead on the right side of history. I am giving you and the RSNA a period of three months, until the end of April 2021, to do this,” Inzko notes in a letter to Čubrilović.

Reactions to the letter varied depending on the political wing. Bosniak politicians welcomed the letter saying it should had come earlier and that Inzko was finally doing something to improve the situation in the state. Serb politicians condemned the letter, with some even saying that Inzko should come to RSNA and submit the initiative in person. /ibna