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English09/08/2018

NEW SREBRENICA REPORT WILL COVER KILLING OF SERBS TOO

 

BANJALUKA, August 9 /SRNA/ - Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik says a new report on Srebrenica, which will be made by the world’s most prominent experts dealing with issues of war crimes, will cover the period between 1992 and 1995 and include the crimes committed against Serbs too.

 

Everything that is true, which was proved through time to be true as stated in a 2004 report of the Srebrenica Commission, will remain in the new report, said Dodik, emphasising that many other places where Serbs were killed have to be added for certain.

"The report on Srebrenica must not focus on one week alone. It has to cover the period from 1992 until 1995. If we single just one week out, it is natural to get a wrong impression as if Srebrenica did not even exist before that,” Dodik told the press in Bijeljina where he attended a celebration of the city patron saint’s day, St Pantheleimon.

This is an intention, not an attempt to say there was no crime, said the president.

"Yes, there was, but the report does not say there was a crime against Serbs. We want an international commission to say that, to have the most prominent figures dealing with issues of war crimes draw up the report,” said Dodik.

He said that the shameful report made by the Srpska Government in 2004, which had nothing but speculative elements, would be corrected next week.

"We are not doing this to dispute what the actual crime is, we have never hidden the people who committed crimes against others, against Bosniaks anywhere, because that would mean that there is a collective approach to the whole matter. There isn’t, but the report wants to create a collective approach and responsibility of the people, of Republika Srpska above all,” underlined Dodik.

The National Assembly of Republika Srpska will hold a special session on August 14 to review the information on the Commission 2004 report on the events that happened in and around Srebrenica between July 10 and July 19, 1995. /end/ds