Montenegro: Statement on the Srebrenica genocide sparks international protests

The United States Embassy in Montenegro, the European Union, the British Ambassadors to Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with many other representatives of the international community, expressed concern over statements by Montenegrin Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavic regarding with the events in Srebrenica in July 1995

On Friday, Montenegrin Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić said he was willing to admit that the genocide was committed in Srebrenica, “once this is unequivocally proven”. Despite being an accredited expert in international law, he claims that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which in several decisions ruled that a genocide took place in Srebrenica, “has lost its legitimacy”.

His statements face criticism from Montenegrin President Milo Djukanov and his party, as well as from Bosniak political representatives and the Islamic Community in the country.

The US Embassy in Montenegro called on the government to “unequivocally condemn” the Srebrenica genocide, expressing concern over a recent statement by Minister Leposavic.

“The embassy is concerned with comments casting doubt on what happened in Srebrenica in 1995. We demand clarity and hope that the government will unequivocally condemn the massacre and call it what it was – genocide,” the US Embassy in Mal wrote on Sunday. Black.

The European Union (EU) rejects and condemns any denial, relativism or misinterpretation of the Srebrenica genocide, said European Commission spokeswoman Ana Pisonero Hernandez, commenting on Minister Leposavić dekla’s statements regarding Srebrenica.

“Last year, we marked the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, one of the darkest chapters in modern European history. “It’s time for all political leaders in the region to lead the way in respecting victims and promoting reconciliation,” Pisonero said.

The Commission says the EU is a union of values, arguing that denying documented and proven facts about war events, including war crimes, or revisionism runs counter to the foundations of those values.

“Every country aspiring to join the EU is expected to respect and promote the EU values ​​of democracy, human rights, tolerance and justice. “This includes treating the victims of genocide with the utmost respect and dignity.”

Former Montenegrin Ambassador to BiH Obrad Mišo Stanišić told FENA that Montenegrin citizens will not allow anyone to threaten their greatest achievements: freedom, anti-fascism and a civil and multi-ethnic character, wishing the victims of the Srebrenica genocide peace and serenity.

“I understand your concern about the statement of one of the members of the Government of Montenegro, who does not recognize international institutions and the values ​​of civilization. However, rest assured that the citizens of Montenegro will not allow anyone to threaten their greatest achievements: freedom, anti-fascism, a civic and multi-ethnic character. Peace be upon the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, as well as all the innocent victims of the unfortunate war in BiH. “Eternal glory to Montenegro and long live the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Stanišić.

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