Bosnia Serbs slammed for questioning Srebrenica massacre

The government of Dodik this week initiated a revision of the 2004 report by a previous government which established that Bosnian Serb forces killed around 8,000 Muslims in 1995.

Bosnia Serbs slammed for questioning Srebrenica massacre

The Bosnian Serb government is damaging the country's image and upsetting survivors by questioning how many Muslims were killed in the Srebrenica massacre, Bosnia's peace envoy said.

The government of Prime Minister Milorad Dodik this week initiated a revision of the 2004 report by a previous government which established that Bosnian Serb forces killed around 8,000 Muslims in 1995.

Dodik, while acknowledging the crime occurred in Srebrenica, has argued, the numbers of killed were "exaggerated".

"The Republika Srpska government should reconsider its conclusions and align itself with the facts and legal requirements and act accordingly, rather than inflicting emotional distress on the survivors, torture history and denigrate the public image of the country," envoy Valentin Inzko said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The renewed debate about Srebrenica massacre comes before Bosnia's parliamentary election in October and weeks after the Serbian parliament passed a resolution condemning the massacre but fallen short of calling the killings genocide.

Bosnian Serb troops executed around 8,000 Muslim men and boys after occupying Srebrenica, a United Nations-protected enclave in eastern Bosnia, in what is widely seen as Europe's worst atrocity since the World War Two.

The U.N. war crimes tribunal has sentenced nine Bosnian Serbs for their roles in the massacre and put another seven on trial. The Bosnian war crimes court has sentenced 12 and acquitted seven. The trials of eight suspects are under way.

Bosnian Serb army leader Ratko Mladic and his political chief Radovan Karadzic were both indicted for genocide over Srebrenica. Karadzic's trial at The Hague tribunal is under the way while Mladic is still at large, believed to be hiding in Serbia.

Inzko said the Serb Republic's decision to question the report demonstrated "a gratuitous and callous disregard for the catastrophic impact of the Srebrenica events on the lives of the surviving family members, and for the obligations under the European Convention and the Genocide Convention".


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