Serbia Srebrenica Resolution Ready in February

A spokesperson of the ruling Democratic Party, DS, in Serbia said that texts of resolutions, one condemning the 1995 Srebrenica massacre and the other condemning war crimes committed against Serbs, will be completed in February.

Jelena Trivan said that political consultations on the texts of these declarations are ongoing.

“I expect it all to be adopted by 1 March, when the regular session of Parliament begins,” Trivan said.

Trivan added that consultations between Serbian Parliamentary Speaker Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic with parliamentary whips are scheduled for next week.

Serbia’s President Boris Tadic launched an initiative for the adoption of the two parliamentary resolutions on 13 January, claiming that Serbia has a moral obligation to adopt a resolution condemning the Srebrenica crimes. But at the same time, he supported the idea of a separate resolution condemning war crimes committed against Serbs, noting that in this way parliament will avoid allocating “collective guilt”.

Political parties in Serbia’s parliament agree it is necessary to condemn the crimes committed during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, but object to singling out Srebrenica, noting that crimes were committed elsewhere too.

Earlier, Tadic called on Serbian politicians to unite against party divisions, the politicisation of the issue, and hate speech in order to reach a consensus, stressing that adoption of these resolutions will be useful for the people and state of Serbia since it will alter reality ”in a positive direction”.

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