Montenegro: Parliament concludes debate on Srebrenica Resolution

Montenegro: Parliament concludes debate on Srebrenica Resolution

Members of the Montenegrin Parliament debated the Resolution on the Srebrenica Genocide, which was submitted to the vote by MPs Ervin Ibrahimovic, Dragutin Papović, Damir Šehović, Raško Konjević, Genci Nimanbegu, Fatmir Đeka and Andrija Popović.

“By adopting a resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica, Montenegro will unequivocally show that it has a place in the society of developed democracies,” said Bosniak Party MP Ervin Ibrahimović, stating that its goal is to face the past and reconcile the people.

Ibrahimović said that the draft resolution implies that the Parliament condemns and acknowledges that genocide took place in Srebrenica and that more than eight thousand Bosniaks were killed.

The text of the resolution, as he stated, also foresaw that July 11 would be declared the Day of Remembrance for the victims of Srebrenica, that peace and stability would be affirmed and that public institutions would be invited to investigate war crimes.

“I believe that by adopting the resolution in this parliament, Montenegro will unequivocally show that it has a place in the society of developed democracies,” said Ibrahimović.

“Sharp tones” were heard in the debate on the Resolution, especially by the representatives of the Serb parties.

Democratic Front (DF) MP Jovan Vučurović said that he was disappointed because there were no government representatives at the session.

“This is a very important topic, because there were “bitter words” about it in the Government itself,” said Vučurović.

He noted that the resolution did not pass the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms, nor the Legislative Committee, and said that the DF will not vote for its adoption.

“This resolution is a provocation and is directly directed against the Serbian people,” Vučurović believes.

Democratic Montenegro MP Boris Bogdanović said that it was not clear what the new opposition initiative regarding Srebrenica was for, “unless it is for stirring up and raising new tensions”.

“Srebrenica and other crimes against Muslims, Serbs, Montenegrins, Albanians, Croats, is one of the terrible consequences of the mindless politics of the 1990s,” Bogdanović said.

He said that he worshiped and that he will worship all the victims, and never the criminals and those who revive those crimes by a vote or two.

The MP of the Black and White Coalition, Suada Zoronjić, said that the resolution offered by the BS was “partly one-sided, because it did not recognize the role of its coalition partners.”

“On behalf of the Bosniak people, I say that I voted for this proposal on December 28, and that today, and whenever there is a question of this nature, I will vote for it. Because there is no dilemma for me – genocide took place in Srebrenica”, said Zoronjić.

Social Democrat (SD) MP Ivan Brajović said that there is no doubt for SD that the most horrible crime after the Second World War took place in Srebrenica, and added that he would vote for the adoption of the proposal.

He pointed out that he believes that the document will be voted in the parliament.

DF MP Strahinja Bulajić said that what happened in Srebrenica was not just the suffering of Muslims from Serbs, but a series of bloody attacks and counterattacks since 1992, which culminated two years later.

“I agree with the claim that Srebrenica would not have happened if Yugoslavia had not been violently disbanded against the will of 45% of its people, ie Serbs who made up 31% of the population in Bosnia and Herzegovina before the war,” Bulajić said.

DF MP Slaven Radunović said that the deputies are preparing an amendment to the Draft Resolution in which it will be pointed out that all crimes in the former Yugoslavia are condemned.

He reiterated that the DF will not support the motion for a resolution because it does not say that all crimes in the former Yugoslavia are condemned “but the genocide in Srebrenica and other crimes”.

“I can say that I am equally sorry for every Bosniak victim, as well as for the Serb one, but I cannot say that I feel more sorry for anyone,” Radunović concluded.

The deputies will subsequently decide on the adoption of the Resolution.