Sarajevo, July 11, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Mladen Dragojlovic
Instead of being a place of reconciliation and forgiveness, Srebrenica is still a place which causes tensions in the BiH society, especially at the time of an election campaign.
Events on July 11 1995 are proclaimed as genocide, according to the verdict in the “Bosnia and Herzegovina against Serbia” case at the International court of justice several years ago. However, highest authorities in RS still don’t want to recognize these events as genocide. RS President, Milorad Dodik, is resolute in his statements that Srebrenica was a war crime but not genocide. On the other side, Bosnian authorities placed the Srebrenica case at the center of every aspect of life, showing that Bosnians are victims of the first genocide in European territory since WWII. Moreover, every July 11 is used to proclaim RS as creation established on the bodies of Srebrenica victims. On the day of remembrance of the crimes in Srebrenica ceremony on Monday, Bosnia member of BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, stated that “BiH needs to reach the justice because there is no reconciliation without it”.
Souls of victims will rest in peace, and their eyes will close forever when proper justice is made, or the isseu will never close. Only when we, without any hesitation, put things in their place, and remove even the slightest doubt about who was standing on the right, and who on the wrong side of history, we will find a solution to our divisions, said Izetbegovic.
However, a group of young activists, one day before the ceremony, put up an “art installation” in Sarajevo, which clearly calls on the abolition of RS. The installation is a map of Republika Srpska with marks places with mass graves. “Welcome to Republika Srpska” was written alongside the map, and the authors say that their goal was to “show the manner in which RS was created.” This “piece of art” caused a fast reaction in RS and, among the first to react was president, Milorad Dodik. He said that the installation is shameful and insulting and that it is further proof that BiH is an “absolutely unsustainable country”.
To do something like that on a day when we in RS are paying our respects to 3,500 Serbs killed around Srebrenica and Bratunac is horrific, shameful and scandalous. This represents a continued crime, the crime which has not stopped even 20 years since the end of the war, and I consider the shameful silence by IC representatives, who do not show even minimum respect for Serbian victims, as complicity to the crime, said Dodik to media at the ceremony marking the war crimes committed by Bosnian soldiers during the war in which a total of 3,500 Serbs were killed.
He said that those who do such things, as well as those who are allowing them by keeping silent, are calling for a dissolution of BiH and are directly working on it.
“Of course, I have nothing against a dissolution of BiH, but I must remind them (Bosnians) that with the Dayton Agreement, RS won international recognition, but also recognition from the leadership of the then so-called BiH. This leadership does not particularly interest us, especially because, unlike Republika Srpska, the then so-called BiH was annulled forever by the Dayton Agreement“, emphasized Dodik.
There is nobody in the country who denies that a large number of Srebrenica citizens were killed at the end of the war, but the character of the crime is still a dsputed issue in the state.
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