Speaker of the Republika Srpska National Assembly (RSNA), Nedeljko Čubrilović, scheduled a meeting of the RSNA Collegium for Monday, July 23, to define the date of the special parliamentary session at which the 2004 Report of the RS government on Srebrenica should be annulled.
The session was formally requested by the RS president, Milorad Dodik, who will address MPs at the opening of the session. When he requested the scheduling of a special session, Dodik also submitted the Commission’s reports on events in and around Srebrenica in the period from 10 to 19 July 1995, as well as the chronology of the Commission activities, beginning with the decision of the Government dated on December 15, 2003 to form a commission.
“The Commission was formed in order to provide the Government with a response to the BiH Human Rights Chamber’s decision of March 3, 2003. The decision was made in the process of appeals filed by families of victims in and around Srebrenica, whose fate was unknown. The appeals were sent to the House after the verdict of General Krstić, and under the pressure of the Office of the High Representative”, Dodik said.
He recalls that the Commission got down to work in mid-January and worked until October 2004 and submitted two reports – the first in June 2004, after the extension of the mandate, and the second in October 2004. After the Commission’s work was terminated, the Working Group was tasked to imlement its conclusions.
“Even during the work of the Commission, several members pointed out that the report is abused, that it is of arbitrary interpretation, the limited mandate of work only on the Bosniak victims, and emphasized that it is not an investigative body. It was also pointed to the fact that the commission did not have any evidence of anybody guilt, nor had the mandate to identify the victims, from the aspect of determining the cause of death, and that it could not determine the exact number of victims”, Dodik stated in the explanation.
He added that the Republic Center for War Crimes Research analysed the results of the work of the Commission and found numerous inaccuracies, such as the identity of persons on the lists of victims, as well as in the total number of victims. Dodik states that the immediate reason for the annulment of the Report is the fact that the Association called “Mother of Srebrenica” handed out to the German authorities the list with the names of more than 22,000 Serbs who, according to them, participated in the genocide in Srebrenica.
“With the list, each member of the RS Army and police forces is designated as a criminal and requests the German authorities to act repressively towards those persons. The list was made under the threat of High Representative, Pedi Ashdown in 2004. All previous years, thw list was being used to resent the civil war in BiH as an aggression on BiH, and the VRS and the RS police as a criminal armed force, and the Republika Srpska as a genocidal formation. The need for a realistic view of this report is in the function of an objective attitude towards a tragic conflict, the prevention of abuse of such lists for daily political purposes and the application of repressive measures against those who are on them”, Dodik wrote, explaining the need for the special Parliament session.
He said earlier that the report was shameful and that it should be rejected because it was to sentence many Serbs for war crimes in The Hague and BiH Court.
The call for the special session resulted with many reactions not just from Bosniak politicians but also from RS opposition parties, which were in power at the time of the Srebrenica Commission’s work. The then RS President, Dragan Čavić, has publicly admitted that it is the Serbian Army and the police forces that are responsible for what has happened in Srebrenica. Dodik’s request has been condemned by the Office of the High Representative…. / IBNA