Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: High Representative Writes Letter to RSNA Leadership to Cancel Cards for Convicted War Criminals

The High Representative of the International Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko wrote a letter to the parliaments of Republika Srpska (RS) and the leaders of all its groups demanding that the statutes issued by this institution for war crimes convicts be annulled within three months, as reported by N1.

In his letter, Inzko recalled that on October 24, 2016 the organizing committee established to mark the 25th anniversary of the institution and work of the RS National Assembly awarded special prizes and recognition to numerous institutions, organizations and individuals, presented by Nedeljko Čubriloviov as his as Chairman of RSNA. “Among those who took them were all former Speakers of the National Assembly and members of the RS First Presidency, including Radovan Karad Karai Kara, Momčilo Krajišnik and Biljana Plavšiš, whose actions shocked the world during the armed conflict and caused suffering. unimaginable human. “As you know, Karadžić, Krajišnik and Plavšić were convicted of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia,” reads the letter from the High Representative in BiH.

He added that “the glorification of war criminals, including lionization in the form in which we witnessed it on October 24, 2016, directly harms and provokes those who suffered the consequences of the war and damages the memory of the victims.”

“In the long run, it destabilizes the region and threatens the prospects of reconciliation in BiH,” Inzko said.

Inzko noted that removing the plaque of convicted war criminal Radovan Karadžić from the premises of the student dormitory in Pale near Sarajevo was the first step in the right direction.

“This creates an extraordinary opportunity for RSNA to continue under your leadership on this path and to show political maturity, moral responsibility and moderation towards the future, by revoking the statutes with decorations given to convicted war criminals Karad Karaić, Krajišnik and Plavšić of which would decide you personally and the institution you run on the right side of the story. “I am giving you and RSNA a period of three months, until the end of April 2021, to do so,” Inzko said in a letter to Čubrilović.

Reactions to the letter varied depending on the political wing. Bosnian politicians welcomed the letter, saying it should have come earlier and that Inzko was finally doing something to improve the situation in the country. Serbian politicians condemned the letter, with some even saying that Inzko should come to RSNA and present the initiative in person.

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