News 26 Oct 12

Macedonian President Meets RECOM Advocate

Following a RECOM publicity campaign, in which postcards were sent to Balkan presidents, the Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov has held a meeting with a leading RECOM advocate.

Marija Ristic
BIRN
Belgrade

After receiving postcards from across the former Yugoslavia, the Macedonian president Gjorge Ivanov, together with members of his cabinet, held a meeting with a RECOM advocate from Skopje, professor Biljana Vankovska.

During the meeting, Vankovska asked Ivanov to encourage the other presidents of the region to look through the draft proposal for RECOM, and send their comments and recommendations.

The Coalition for RECOM is a non-political regional network of civil society organizations and individuals whose aim it is to promote the creation of a regional commission tasked with establishing facts about war crimes and human rights violations committed in the former Yugoslavia from 1991 to 2001.

On September 22, RECOM advocates and ordinary citizens sent more than 4000 postcards to the presidents of the former Yugoslav countries, asking them to support the RECOM idea.

The team of RECOM advocates have emphasised the necessity of  agreeing  the exact number of dead in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia between 1991 and 2001, as a way to stop the “political games concerning who is the biggest victim”, and thereby ease regional tensions.

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