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Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day: July 11

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The European Parliament has reached a decision on January 15, 2009, that the 11th of July each year will be observed across the EU as the Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day.

My comment:

Of course the Srebrenica case was a tragedy, as was the entire Bosnian war, as is every war. There are many open questions regarding Srebrenica, that are somehow swept under the rug. Not to minimize the extent of the tragedy, but the Western media play with the figures just like that – five thousand, seven thousand, eight thousand Bosnian Muslims, and yet a significantly lesser number of bodies has actually been found – that number is in the hundreds, not thousands. The rest of the bodies would have been found by now, as I am sure every inch of Bosnia and Herzegovina was searched. Of all the victims, there were no women and girls – they were safely escorted by buses to Bosnian Muslim territory. Only men and boys were executed at close range, mostly shot in the back of the head – but most of them, even the 16 year olds, were wearing combat clothes of the Bosnian Muslim Army. Some had managed to throw away their military clothes and quickly change to civilian pants and shirts, but they still had the army underwear and socks on. So, not all of them were civilians. Some victims of Srebrenica that were counted as dead, appeared and voted in the Bosnian elections the following year. But, okay, the world has accepted that a very bad thing has happened in Srebrenica. A horrible thing. Serbia has accepted it too, and President Boris Tadic – who has nothing to do with what President Slobodan Milosevic has done – has apologized and has visited Srebrenica.

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EU Says Serbia Won’t Be Forced To Recognize Kosovo

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The European Union will not force Serbia to recognise Kosovo’s independence but expects its cooperation regarding the deployment of the EULEX mission, EU Council Director for Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia Stefan Lehne said Thursday addressing the international conference “Serbia and the EU – Strenthening Serbia’s European Perspective”.

The stand of the new Serbian government is now more positive and endeavors are underway to get Belgrade to agree to EULEX deployment, he said.

Kosovo is an unclear issue from various aspects and will be a great challenge to the international community in the future too, he said.

The EU expects Serbia to enable Kosovo to take part in regional initiatives and to encourage Kosovo Serbs to take part in Kosovo institutions and thus end their self-isolation, Lehne said. The situation is not good, but Kosovo Serbs will have to establish dialogue with Kosovo Albanians and Pristina institutions sooner or later, he said.

State Secretary in the Serbian Ministry for Kosovo Oliver Ivanovic said that the only way EULEX could improve its image would be to investigate the crimes committed agains Serbs in Kosovo. He pointed to the importance of improving communications between Kosovo Serbs and Albanians, in which the business and civil sectors can play a crucial role.

The creation of the Kosovo Security Force can be a potential source of problems, he said, noting that NATO was wrong to sponsor something that Serbs cannot trust.

Meanwhile, the member of the European Parliament Adrian Severin that the European Union had no right to count on Serbia’s support in the realisation of the political project of independent Kosovo because Belgrade had neither accepted nor supported this solution.

When Kosovo declared independence, the European Union told Serbia not to react with violence and Belgrade exceeded its expectations in this, but we cannot expect Serbia to support a solution it did not accept, said Severin.

Severin said that Serbia had gone a very long way and helped consolidate stability and security in the country and region and that the European Union should recognise Serbian efforts, for a change, instead of imposing new conditions all over again.

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