The High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina said during a meeting with RECOM advocates that acknowledging crimes committed in the region is essential for lasting peace.
Valentin Inzko, the High representative of the international community in Bosnia, agreed with the RECOM representatives that a “general and mutual” acknowledgment of the crimes committed in the region is essential for the consolidation of peace and regional stability.
“Accepting and acknowledging the crimes committed during the war is essential both for the families of the victims and for the country as a whole. It still remains too easy to distort, deny, and manipulate the past,” said Inzko.
The Office of the High Representative, OHR, is an international institution responsible for overseeing the implementation of civilian aspects of the Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the Bosnian war.
Among the RECOM advocates who met with the High Representative, were the Sarajevo professor Zdravko Grebo, and the theatre director Dino Mustafic, who briefed Inzko on the progress of the RECOM initiative and the challenges it faces.
The Coalition for RECOM is a non-political regional network of civil society organizations and individuals.
RECOM is working to create a regional commission tasked with establishing the facts about war crimes and other serious human rights violations committed on the territory of the former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991 to 2001.
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