Tensions rise in the eve of Srebrenica anniversary

Tensions rise in the eve of Srebrenica anniversary

Sarajevo, July 10, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Mladen Dragojlovic

One day before the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, tensions in BiH are on the highest level in last several years, but there are some “voices of reason”, which are telling a different story about this situation.

Politicians and analysts have spent the last two days in sharp discussions about the Russian veto on the Srebrenica resolution in UN Security Council. There is no clear answer as to what happened there, but the answer depends on whom you are asking. For Serbs, the Russian veto was the hand of help in the last moment, which prevented the UN SC to proclaim a whole nation guilty of genocide. The result of the adoption of the Resolution, like many politicians said, would be a first step in the nullification of the Republic of Srpska. That is why RS president, Milorad Dodik, sent a letter of gratitude to Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

“Not only did you prevent the Serbian people from being marked as a people who committed genocide, but you by your vote prevented the further destabilisation of the whole region. A passage of such a resolution would distance all peoples living in BiH from reconciliation for good, and reconciliation in BiH would not be possible had such a unilateral interpretation of the events been included in an obliging UN Security Council resolution”, Dodik says in the letter.

In the other BiH entity, Federation BiH, Bosniak politicians didn’t want to comment the Russian veto, justifying it with being busy with the preparations for the anniversary of the Srebrenica tragedy. Bosniak member of BiH Presidency, Bakir Izetbegovic, told the media that it is not time for comments. He briefly said that the Veto is not good and that Russia supported the “deniers of genocide”. Interestingly enough, there was no significant reactions from BiH Croat politicians.

Veto and Russia were condemned from many international officials in BiH and those who are arriving for the Srebrenica anniversary. Also, sharp words to Serbia, RS and Russia were spoken at the European Parliament session where the Resolution on Srebrenica was adopted. Nobody mentioned the Serb victims killed by Bosniak forces in the villages around Srebrenica on July 12, 1992.

On Friday, main imam of “King Fahd” mosque in Sarajevo, Nezim Halilovic Muderis, called for the “destruction” of those who lobbied against the resolution on Srebrenica and their families and “the entity created on the crime and genocide”.

In a preach about the genocide against Bosniaks of Srebrenica, Zepa and Gorazde, Halilovic said that the Resolution was not adopted due to a veto from Russia “on the basis of fierce lobbying by Serbia and RS”, and noted that, as he said, it is not a joke to kill 8,372 innocent Bosniaks, men and women, adding that this is not a common crime, but “a well-planned genocide which still lasts”.

“This is why I call on Allah to damn criminals and their aides, lobbyists against the Resolution on Srebrenica and those who accepted their lobbying, and I pray to Allah to destroy their violent and criminal governments, to destroy them and their families, humiliate them and erase every trace of them on Earth and make them a warning for those who have no brains”, Halilovic said and lifted the tensions on the higher level.

But, in the overwhelming number of news on the condemnation of the Russian veto and calls on Serbs to “confess the genocide” there are some events which were not followed with such attention. “The voice of reason”, even it was just noted in the media, came from Srebrenica where the municipal Assembly on Friday held the commemorative session for all victims in the Srebrenica region during the war. This includes Bosniaks killed by Serbs, but also Serbs killed by Bosniaks during four year of madness.

Municipality Assembly president, Milos Milovanovic, said that the local parliament, in the session on this decision, adopted it unanimously, and that it is a fact which confirms the high level of understanding among politicians and citizens in this city.

“Today is not the time for big words and long speeches. We are here today to pray for the souls of all killed citizens of Srebrenica, because in this region there is no family which hadn’t lost at least one of its members during the war”, Milovanovic said.

Srebrenica mayor, Camil Durakovic, confirmed that the decision about the commemorative session was adopted on the basis of consensus, without interference from other sides.

“The session is a mirror of mutual understanding of the citizens who live here and I hope that it is an argument for building of better future of this multi ethnic community. We want this consensus to lead future generation to live for another 100 years in peace, and that when they talk about what happened in the past in 100 years from now, things will be much better”, Durakovic said.

Many representatives of the international community, NGOs and foreign officials who arrived in Srebrenica on the anniversary were presented on this session. Many of them condemned Serb crimes without mentioning the Serb victims. They had a chance to hear about them from the Srebrenica citizens.

The question is: did they listen?