The OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the U.S. Embassy and the Office of the High Representative (OHR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina strongly condemn “the cynical utilization” of the Srebrenica Commission’s Report, issued 14 years ago, for political purposes in the run-up to the elections.
Republika Srpska National Assembly (RSNA) on Tuesday (August 14) adopted several conclusions, rejected the 2004 Commission for the Srebrenica report on the events concerning the Srebrenica genocide, and asked the RS Government to annul it.
“The politicization of the Report does not serve the interests of justice and reconciliation, undermines the rule of law, does not represent European values, and ultimately threatens the delivery of justice to war crimes victims of all ethnicities,” the international organizations said in the statement.
The OSCE, the American Embassy and the OHR emphasised that the “Srebrenica report” helped enable BiH local communities to move forward and to strive towards reconciliation and peace. Many of its findings have been verified and confirmed by the verdicts of international, local, and foreign courts.
“The fact is that genocide, perpetrated in Srebrenica in 1995, has been confirmed by two international courts. These facts will not change, no matter the effort put forth to rewrite history. To be clear, no one is demonizing the RS or speaking of collective responsibility for the RS or Serbs, as the RS President and others have claimed. There are victims on all sides and these include Serbs”, they stressed.
In the joint statement was said that the BiH judicial institutions have demonstrated a strong commitment to establishing the truth and ensuring that all war crimes are effectively investigated and prosecuted, regardless of the ethnicity of the perpetrator or the victim.
“We call for the continued support of these institutions at all levels of processing war crimes cases, to enable them to complete this process, thus ensuring justice for the victims”, the statement of the international institution conclusive comment read.
The European Union’s Delegation to BiH and the office of the EU Special Representative to BiH also condemned the RSNA conclusions.
In the statement, the European Union rejected any denial, relativisation or misinterpretation of the genocide in Srebrenica.
“We also condemn the use of inflammatory ethno-political rhetoric and actions. We call upon all political leaders and others in positions of authority in BiH to lead the way in honoring victims and promoting reconciliation. The EU is a union of values; any country aspiring to join the EU is expected to comply with and promote EU values of democracy, human rights, tolerance and justice. This includes treating victims of genocide with utmost respect and dignity”, emphasised the EU Delegation.
RSNA conclusions said that, for the sake of a comprehensive and truthful assessment of the events in and around Srebrenica in the period 1992 – 1995 and for the sake of strengthening mutual trust and tolerance between the peoples in BiH, it is necessary to form an independent international commission which would determine the facts about sufferings of all peoples in that area and during that period of time in an objective and impartial manner. The commission will include in its report parts of the 2004 “Srebrenica report” on the events in and around Srebrenica in the period between 10 and 19 July 1995, “which in the meantime were proved and documented to be true”.
At the special session of the RSNA, during his address, the president of the entity, Milorad Dodik, questioned the number of genocide victims, noting that dozens of those who are on the victim lists are also on the official BiH Central Election Commission lists of voters. He said that many of the names listed as ‘genocide victims’, in fact, were soldiers who were killed in the battle during that period. Also, he stated that the “Srebrenica report” was issued under huge pressure from the international community, especially the OHR and, Paddy Ashdown, who was the international community High Representative for BiH, back in 2004…. / IBNA