Serbia to attend to July 11 Srebrenica commemoration

Serbia government agrees to send PM Alexandar Vucic to July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre

Serbia to attend to July 11 Srebrenica commemoration

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Tuesday his government unanimously agreed to send him to a July 11 commemoration of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, hours after the United Nations Security Council postponed debate over a resolution to mark the 20th anniversary, according to Reuters.

"Tonight the government unanimously made a decision ... that if the conditions are met, that I will represent Serbia in Srebrenica on July 11," Vucic told a news conference in Belgrade.

A U.N. Security Council vote on a resolution to condemn the Srebrenica massacre as a genocide has been delayed until Wednesday as Britain and the United States try to convince Russia not to veto the commemoration, diplomats said.

Vucic's attendance at the July 11 ceremony in eastern Bosnia will be a landmark for the reconciliation among former Yugoslav republics after the 1990s wars that killed some 135,000 people.

"When I spoke about conditions I was thinking about position of (Srebrenica's mayor) Camil Durakovic, mothers (of victims) and the Muslim member of (Bosnia's tripartite) presidency," he said.

Durakovic and other prominent Bosniaks have voiced their opposition to Vucic's visit, particularly after the recent arrest of Naser Oric, Srebrenica's wartime commander in Switzerland, on a Serbian war crimes arrest warrant.

Vucic said he had received assurances that the U.N. resolution on Srebrenica which he described as "humiliating" for Serbia and the Serb Republic would not be adopted "in its present form." He thanked Russia, China, and "other countries" for opposing the resolution.

"I must admit the Russian partners did not ask us for anything in return," Vucic said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2015, 10:33