03 Dec 10

Dodik Again Denies Srebrenica Genocide

The President of Bosnia’s Serb dominated Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik condemned the international community for referring to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre as genocide.

Sabina Arslanagic

In an angry reaction to a statement from an international body which referred to the genocide in Srebrenica, Dodik, the newly elected President of Republika Srpska said the international community was attempting “to impose responsibility for the genocide - which did not happen - on an entire nation, and to keep quiet and intimidate all those who have a different understanding about the crime which happened in Srebrenica.”

The steering committee of the Peace Implementation Council, PIC - a group of 55 countries and international organisations that sponsor and direct the peace implementation process in Bosnia had issued a declaration after a recent meeting in Sarajevo, calling for the murders not to be forgotten.

In the declaration, the PIC “reaffirmed that genocide in Srebrenica, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina must not be forgotten or denied.”.

“The labelling by the PIC steering board members of the nature of the massacre in Serebrenica is completely arbitrary and unacceptable,” Dodik told journalists.

“This attempt to limit the freedom of thought and expression, unknown in modern democracies, is very worrying,” he added.

After they over-ran the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica on July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb troops killed over 8,000 Muslim men and boys, throwing their bodies into mass graves.

The atrocity was ruled an act of genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, both based in The Hague.

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