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English11/07/2018

DECLARATIONS SIGNED IN LONDON HARMFUL FOR SERBS

 

BANJALUKA, July 11 /SRNA/ - Declarations on war crimes and missing persons are harmful for the Serbs and that is why they should not have been signed in London, and it is very symptomatic that the British stand behind them, says Milorad Kojic, head of the Centre for Research of War, War Crimes and Search for Missing Persons of Republika Srpska.

 

“A joint declaration on war crimes and a framework plan for the resolution of the issue of persons went missing in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia do not contain anything that would benefit Serbs,” said Kojic to SRNA News Agency and stressed that some parts of these documents create a possibility for punishing the Serbian people, adding the history was falsely represented.

Commenting on the fact that the Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, authorized by the BiH Presidency, yesterday signed four joint declarations by countries participants of the Berlin Process, Kojic has said that Serbian representatives should not have allowed this to be done having in mind that the Center earlier gave a negative opinion on some of these documents.

He says that the Center gave a negative opinion on the declaration on war crimes since it says that every country should recognize rulings of international and domestic judicial institutions, stressing that the issue of collective responsibility would be imposed, even though the founding act of the ICTY says that the ICTY prosecutes and tries individuals, and in no way groups and collectivities.

“Having in mind selective operations of domestic judicial institutions and the ICTY, this fear is absolutely justified which is why we gave a negative opinion because we must not allow the imposition of a collective guilt on Republika Srpska and the Serbian people. This can produce very damaging consequences for the survival of Republika Srpska,” Kojic has said.

He says that the Center gave a negative opinion on a part which pertains to a provocative use of symbols because it is not precise enough, since, according to the declaration, if any of the constituent peoples assesses any symbol as provocative, the use of such a symbol would represent the violation of that act and would entail punishment.

“This would create an opportunity for the marking of significant dates for the Serbian people, where we use symbols of the Republika Srpska Army, to be considered as being insulting for the other people. We who would do it would be punished,” Kojic says.

Regarding a framework plan for the resolution of the issue of persons went missing in the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, Kojic has said that the Center received a proposed framework plan which was agreed at the Collegium of Directors of the Missing Persons Institute which is composed of a Bosniak, a Serb and a Croat and that no one included them to a task force which dealt with this act.

“This act defines certain things which are not good and represent the violation of the Law on Missing Persons. Serbian representatives in joint institutions should not have allowed it to be signed,” Kojic has said.

He reiterated that it is the position of the Center that all responsible for war crimes must be prosecuted and that huge efforts must be invested in discovering these people.

The Chairman of the BiH Council of Ministers, Denis Zvizdic, signed four joint declarations by participants of the Berlin Process yesterday at a summit in London.

Authorized by the BiH Presidency, Zvizdic signed a declaration on war crimes, a declaration on missing persons, a declaration on regional relations and mutual cooperation and a statement on fighting corruption. /end/sg