region

Agreement is reached on the final text of the resolution on Srebrenica

Memorials to the graves of those killed in the Srebrenica genocide

Photo: Associated Press

The Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the United Nations, Zlatko Llagumxhija, has announced that agreement has been reached on the final text of the resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica.
The changes in the resolution, which Radio Free Europe has seen, include the expression "according to international law" and the expression "non-collective" has been replaced by "individual".

"We have been silent on the genocide deniers as they celebrated and 'scheduled' and then 'cancelled' non-existent meetings of the United Nations General Assembly, as well as praising the '1995 Srebrenica Genocide Resolution' before that they read it even before the text was finalized", said Llagumxhija in a post on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.
According to him, "the only word that prevents them is genocide".

Although many countries that have supported the initiative have agreed on the text of the resolution in principle, Montenegro has requested some additional changes.

"Srebrenica has received global attention in recent months - as a symbol of the fight for justice, truth, reconciliation, learning and as a symbol of the fight against genocide denial. No one can escape from this anymore", said the ambassador.

According to him, the final revision of the resolution, which will be presented to all member countries of the United Nations on May 23, has resulted in an even tighter text.

He said that after the first amendment, now the text mentions that "criminal responsibility, under international law, for the crime of genocide, cannot be applied to any ethnic or religious community as a whole".

The text then says, "we confirm our commitment to maintain and strengthen the unity in diversity of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
The resolution initiated by Germany and Rwanda demands that July 11 be declared the International Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica.

The resolution refers to the facts of international and domestic courts.

For the genocide of over 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica region in 1995, over 50 people have been sentenced to almost 700 years in prison.

The International Court of Justice recognizes this act as genocide.

This crime is considered the most serious in Europe after the Second World War.

Among those convicted are the wartime president of Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadžić, and the commander-in-chief of the Bosnian Serb army at the time, Ratko Mladić.
Despite the decisions of international courts, official Belgrade and the authorities of the Serbian entity of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, do not accept that genocide was committed in Srebrenica.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has called this resolution a political statement.

He asked if the goal is "revision of a lawsuit against Serbia, or collection of war damages?"

No nation or state is mentioned in the resolution.

Brussels said on May 14 that there is no place in the European Union for those who do not condemn the genocide in Srebrenica./REL