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Montenegro: Parliament wraps up debate on Srebrenica Resolution

Members of the Montenegrin Parliament debated the Resolution on the Srebrenica Genocide, which was put to a vote by MPs Ervin Ibrahimovic, Dragutin Papović, Damir Šehović, Raško Konjević, Genci Nimanbegu, Fatmir Đeka and Andrija Popović.

“By adopting a resolution on the Srebrenica genocide, Montenegro will unequivocally show that it has a place in the society of developed democracies,” said Bosniak Party MP Ervin Ibrahimovic, stating that his goal is to confront it. past and reconcile the people.

Ibrahimovic said the draft resolution means that Parliament condemns and acknowledges that genocide took place in Srebrenica and that more than 8,000 Bosniaks were killed.

The text of the resolution, he said, also provided that July 11th would be declared Srebrenica Remembrance Day, that peace and stability would be affirmed, and that public institutions would be invited to investigate war crimes.

“I believe that by adopting the resolution in this parliament, Montenegro will unequivocally show that it has a place in the society of developed democracies,” Ibrahimovic said.

“Sharp tones” were heard in the debate on the Resolution, especially by representatives of Serbian parties.

Democratic Front (DF) MP Jovan Vucurovic said he was disappointed because there were no government representatives at the session.

“This is a very important topic, because there were ‘bitter words’ about it in the Government itself,” Vu Vurov said.

He noted that the resolution did not pass the Committee on Human Rights and Freedoms, nor the Legislative Committee, and said the DF would not vote on its adoption.

“This resolution is a provocation and is directed directly against the Serbian people,” Vucurovic believes.

Montenegrin Democratic MP Boris Bogdanovic said it was unclear what the opposition’s new initiative regarding Srebrenica was, “unless it is to incite and escalate new tensions”.

“Srebrenica and other crimes against Muslims, Serbs, Montenegrins, Albanians, Croats, is one of the terrible consequences of the mindless politics of the 1990s,” Bogdanovic said.

He said he adored and would adore all victims, and never criminals and those who revive those crimes with one or two votes.

Black and White Coalition MP Suada Zoronjić said the resolution offered by the BS was “partly biased because it did not recognize the role of its coalition partners”.

“On behalf of the Bosnian people, I say that I voted for this proposal on December 28, and that today, and whenever there is a question of this nature, I will vote for it. “Because there is no dilemma for me – the genocide happened in Srebrenica”, said Zoronjić.

Social Democrat (SD) MP Ivan Brajović said there was no doubt for SD that the most horrific crime after World War II took place in Srebrenica, adding that he would vote to approve the proposal.

He stressed that he believes the document will be voted on in parliament.

DF MP Strahinja Bulajic said what happened in Srebrenica was not just the suffering of Muslims by Serbs, but a series of bloody attacks and counterattacks since 1992, which culminated two years later.

“I agree with the claim that Srebrenica would not have happened if Yugoslavia had not been forcibly dispersed against the will of 45% of its people, ie Serbs who made up 31% of the population in Bosnia and Herzegovina before the war,” Bulajic said. .

DF MP Slaven Radunović said that the deputies are preparing an amendment to the Draft Resolution which will state that all crimes in the former Yugoslavia are convicted.

He reiterated that the DF would not support the motion for a resolution because it did not say that all crimes in the former Yugoslavia were convicted “but the Srebrenica genocide and other crimes”.

“I can say that I feel sorry for every Bosnian victim as well as for the Serb one, but I can not say that I feel sorry for everyone,” Radunović concluded.

Deputies will then decide on the adoption of the Resolution.

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