Four Serbian opposition parties move resolution condemning Srebrenica genocide

Four opposition parties in the Serbian parliament on Wednesday moved a resolution on the Srebrenica genocide, when Bosnian Serb troops killed about 8,000 Bosniaks in eastern Bosnia in July 1995, which Serbia does not officially recognise as genocide.

The draft resolution condemns in the strongest terms the genocide and its negation. It was moved by the Liberal Democratic Party, the Sandzak Party of Democratic Action, the Vojvodina League of Social Democrats, and the Green Party, which together have 11 deputies in the 250-member parliament.

The Dveri national-conservative movement said it would vote against the draft resolution, claiming "there was no genocide" and that the document was one-sided and biased because "there were other crimes too" on which an objective position should be taken.

The draft resolution proposes declaring July 11 Srebrenica genocide remembrance day, expresses sympathy with all the victims of the wars in the former Yugoslavia and their families, calls on all neighbouring states to continue to ensure justice and long term support to the survivors, including rape victims.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic apologised in 2013 for the atrocity in Srebrenica but refuses to call it genocide, although the Hague war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia defined it as such in its verdicts.

The draft resolution underlines the importance of reconciliation, saying it is based on dialogue, dealing with the past and dedication to justice and supporting victims, which is a prerequisite for strengthening security, stability and prosperity in the region.

The document asks the state to commit to the final document of the 2005 World Summit on responsibility for the protection of the population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

It also supports efforts in investigating and prosecuting those accused of the Srebrenica genocide.

Last update: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 19:28

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