Parliament on Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, with its members underscoring that the civilised world must not remain indifferent to the weight of the Srebrenica crime and that only the truth, admission of the crime and accepting responsibility for the crime paves the way to a catharsis without which there cannot be any reconciliation, cooperation or dialogue.
"It seems as though the world has not learned a lesson from that mass atrocity because justice has not been satisfied, the victims have not received gratification and as a civilisation we are even further away from peace," said Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, who together with his party BM 365 and independent MP Ermina Lekaj Prljaskaj, the City of Zagreb Bosniak Minority Council and the Preporod Bosniak cultural society organised the commemoration in the Sabor.
Bandic underscored that even after 20 years the truth about Srebrenica was not complete nor had the perpetrators been called to account for their crimes.
Parliament Speaker Zeljko Reiner said that the Srebrenica genocide had brought to light all the wantonness and brutality of its perpetrators and revealed the inability and unwillingness of international political factors at the time to react to the Serb Chetnik aggression in Southeast Europe and their ignoring the crimes that first occurred in Croatia and then in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He underscored that the commemoration of that tragic event in the Sabor was an expression of the sharp and unambiguous condemnation of any crime committed out of religious, racial or ethnic hate as well as the condemnation of all those who today negate that a planned mass crime, "the most horrendous crime in Europe after World War II", was committed in Srebrenica.
"As long as there exists the political idea that stood behind not just the Srebrenica genocide, which was not the start but the culmination of crimes committed in Croatia in 1991, and as long as there is a danger that that political idea could be realised, the victims of Ovcara and Srebrenica will not have peace and justice will not be achieved," Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic told reporters after the commemoration.
He recalled that in 2009 the Sabor had proclaimed a remembrance day for the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.
The president of the Bosniak Minority Council, Harun Omerbasic, said that of the 8,372 Srebrenica genocide victims,
More than 1,000 were still listed as missing and the remains of 600 were being put together. He called on anyone who may have any information to pass on that information so that the victims may be given a decent burial.
The Srebrenica genocide occurred between 13 and 19 July 1995 when 8,372 Bosniak men and youths aged between 13 and 77 from the Srebrenica enclave were killed by the Bosnian Serb army and Serb para-military units.
In 1993 the Srebrenica enclave was proclaimed as a safe haven by the UN Security Council but was taken over by Serb forces on July 11, 1995.