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Serbian president under fire for denying Srebrenica genocide

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Serbia's new nationalist president sparked international criticism when he called the massacre at Srebrenica merely a serious crime in need of investigation.

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#1 Jun 6, 2012
Serbia's new nationalist president sparked international criticism when he called the massacre at Srebrenica merely a serious crime in need of investigation. His comments may hinder Serbia's chances of joining the EU.

In an interview with Montenegrin television, newly elected Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said it was "very difficult to prove in court that an incident took the form of genocide." He went on to call the massacre that occurred in Srebrenica a "serious war crime committed by a few Serbs," adding that the perpetrators should face criminal charges for their actions.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice, however, see the matter differently. Both bodies called the murder of more than 8,000 Bosniaks by Serbian troops in July 1995 an act of genocide. The courts went on to rule that Serbia was not directly responsible for the massacre, but added that the country broke international law by failing to prevent it, and by not contributing to bringing those responsible to justice.

'New misunderstandings and tensions'

Nikolic's presidential predecessor, Boris Tadic, during his time in office sought for the Serbian Parliament to condemn the Srebrenica massacre. He also sent former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian-Serb Army head Ratko Mladic to a UN tribunal for trial. The political decisions came late in his term, 2008 and 2011 respectively, meeting with support from pro-European parties in Serbia, which hope for the country to join the European Union.

Serbia's neighbors have expressed criticism toward the change of rhetoric coming from Belgrade. Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the trio at the head of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said he doubted Nikolic's willingness to maintain good relations with surrounding countries.

"To deny the genocide of Srebrenica is not a step toward cooperation and the re-establishment of trust - it is, rather, the opposite," he said, adding that Nikolic's statements could lead to "new misunderstandings and tensions" in the region.

Before being elected, Nikolic made comments in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that led to protests and outrage in Croatia. He called Vukovar, a town Croats regard as a symbol of the horrors of war, a "Serb town" and that Croats "had no reason to return there."
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said Nikolic's statements marked a return to the nationalistic policies of the 1990s. Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said in a newspaper interview that Nikolic had "no respect for the effects or possible international and regional consequences" of his statements. Instead, Pusic added, he concentrated "100 percent on a Serbian audience."

The Youth Initiative for Human Rights, a prominent regional human rights group, called Nikolic's most recent statement unacceptable, and demanded that Serbian president apologize to the victims of the Srebrenica massacre.

The Council of Europe also criticized Nikolic for denying the genocide. Such conduct casts a shadow over Nikolic, said Pietro Marcenaro, head of council's Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He took the position that recognizing the responsibility of all parties in the conflict is a crucial requirement for reconciliation after the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
Hmm

Novi Sad, Serbia

#2 Jun 6, 2012
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Serbia's new nationalist president sparked international criticism when he called the massacre at Srebrenica merely a serious crime in need of investigation. His comments may hinder Serbia's chances of joining the EU.
In an interview with Montenegrin television, newly elected Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said it was "very difficult to prove in court that an incident took the form of genocide." He went on to call the massacre that occurred in Srebrenica a "serious war crime committed by a few Serbs," adding that the perpetrators should face criminal charges for their actions.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice, however, see the matter differently. Both bodies called the murder of more than 8,000 Bosniaks by Serbian troops in July 1995 an act of genocide. The courts went on to rule that Serbia was not directly responsible for the massacre, but added that the country broke international law by failing to prevent it, and by not contributing to bringing those responsible to justice.
'New misunderstandings and tensions'
Nikolic's presidential predecessor, Boris Tadic, during his time in office sought for the Serbian Parliament to condemn the Srebrenica massacre. He also sent former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian-Serb Army head Ratko Mladic to a UN tribunal for trial. The political decisions came late in his term, 2008 and 2011 respectively, meeting with support from pro-European parties in Serbia, which hope for the country to join the European Union.
Serbia's neighbors have expressed criticism toward the change of rhetoric coming from Belgrade. Bakir Izetbegovic, a member of the trio at the head of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said he doubted Nikolic's willingness to maintain good relations with surrounding countries.
"To deny the genocide of Srebrenica is not a step toward cooperation and the re-establishment of trust - it is, rather, the opposite," he said, adding that Nikolic's statements could lead to "new misunderstandings and tensions" in the region.
Before being elected, Nikolic made comments in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that led to protests and outrage in Croatia. He called Vukovar, a town Croats regard as a symbol of the horrors of war, a "Serb town" and that Croats "had no reason to return there."
Croatian President Ivo Josipovic said Nikolic's statements marked a return to the nationalistic policies of the 1990s. Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said in a newspaper interview that Nikolic had "no respect for the effects or possible international and regional consequences" of his statements. Instead, Pusic added, he concentrated "100 percent on a Serbian audience."
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights, a prominent regional human rights group, called Nikolic's most recent statement unacceptable, and demanded that Serbian president apologize to the victims of the Srebrenica massacre.
The Council of Europe also criticized Nikolic for denying the genocide. Such conduct casts a shadow over Nikolic, said Pietro Marcenaro, head of council's Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. He took the position that recognizing the responsibility of all parties in the conflict is a crucial requirement for reconciliation after the wars in the former Yugoslavia.
Naser Oric is war criminal!
grude

Canada

#3 Jun 6, 2012
Hmm wrote:
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Naser Oric is war criminal!
oric is alright mladic spent too much time with the sheep
Hmm

Novi Sad, Serbia

#4 Jun 6, 2012
grude wrote:
<quoted text>oric is alright mladic spent too much time with the sheep
Oric got locked shortly they let him off hook from Hague on 'regular criminal charges' in muslim part of Bosnia, since Bosnian muslims can't be responsible for war crimes, judging by 'democratic' Europe. Mladic is where he need to be as well Ante Gotovina and Markac, croatian war criminals. Naser Oric got away too easy. Hashim Tachi is still free. Shame on the world for not wanting to see whole picture.
Bronzilla

Chalkída, Greece

#5 Jun 6, 2012
[email protected] [email protected] eu I say

there is Pontian Armenian Greek etc genocides

[email protected] german eu
Naderelle

Dubai, UAE

#6 Jun 6, 2012
loool Serbs still whinning about Oric!! Serbs are being hunted down like animals!
Hmm

Novi Sad, Serbia

#7 Jun 6, 2012
Naderelle wrote:
loool Serbs still whinning about Oric!! Serbs are being hunted down like animals!
go eat some garlic bastard you stink
Banovic

Slovenia

#8 Jun 6, 2012
Naderelle wrote:
loool Serbs still whinning about Oric!! Serbs are being hunted down like animals!
pickica popusi kurac
&fe ature=related
Naderelle

Dubai, UAE

#9 Jun 6, 2012
Hmm wrote:
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go eat some garlic bastard you stink
Sorry i am not Serb!
Hmm

Novi Sad, Serbia

#10 Jun 6, 2012
Naderelle wrote:
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Sorry i am not Serb!
I know, you are pu**y.
Irvina kurvaCAL

Germany

#11 Jun 6, 2012
He should answer in The Hague for this shocking remark. When will Serbs ever learn?!
Naderelle

Dubai, UAE

#12 Jun 6, 2012
Banovic wrote:
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pickica popusi kurac
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =39-GQJbYMp8XX&feature=rel ated
Just because you like it doesnt mean others do!

Posting that video only helps prove that you Serbs are criminals!!! So much for Serbs being vitcims!
Naderelle

Dubai, UAE

#13 Jun 6, 2012
Serbs insult and pride themselves with the actions they have done..And then they go and start crying and claiming they were victims!! Serbs will always have a disgusting mentality!
melb hrvat

Braybrook, Australia

#14 Jul 7, 2012
nikolic is a war criminal he committed war crimes in the village of antina near vinkovci in croatia whilst attacking croatia from serbia in the sesejl militia unit and serbs elected this man to office serbs are sick people this grave digger should be in jail we will not rest until justice is dine no matter how long it takes never again
melb hrvat

Braybrook, Australia

#15 Jul 7, 2012
this is why everyone hates serbs they are controllers and agressors like russian and brittish and others in the middle east all there neighbours hate serbs
Strahd

Australia

#16 Jul 8, 2012
melb hrvat wrote:
this is why everyone hates serbs they are controllers and agressors like russian and brittish and others in the middle east all there neighbours hate serbs
Lets be honest here, the Serbs, due to geographic location and moral superiority have always been best placed to manage the affairs of the Balkans north of Greece and west of the Romanians and Bulgars. Even when the Serbs were getting it tough leaving under Tito, we still had a central position in the former communist Yugoslavia. Also, remember our role in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and in the dynastic rule of Dusan Emperor of Serbs, Greeks and Albanians. Our capacity as natural born leaders, explains why we never wanted to become a member of the Soviet Union and our current reluctance to join the dying German fourth Reich called the European Union. The Serbs will never play second fiddle to anyone.

Only a strong Serbia can aid a post EU Europe in the recovery of the continent from the clutches of Islam and help guide the Balkans to a new and better future. This is my message of peace to my Balkan ancestral enemies.

Accept your destiny as our subjects or you will be annihilated. What other alternative do you have ?
Serb propaganda

Australia

#17 Jul 18, 2012
Hmm wrote:
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go eat some garlic bastard you stink
GARLIC SMELLS 1 million times better than Serbs :)
Naderelle

Dubai, UAE

#18 Jul 26, 2012
Strahd wrote:
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Lets be honest here, the Serbs, due to geographic location and moral superiority have always been best placed to manage the affairs of the Balkans north of Greece and west of the Romanians and Bulgars. Even when the Serbs were getting it tough leaving under Tito, we still had a central position in the former communist Yugoslavia. Also, remember our role in the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, and in the dynastic rule of Dusan Emperor of Serbs, Greeks and Albanians. Our capacity as natural born leaders, explains why we never wanted to become a member of the Soviet Union and our current reluctance to join the dying German fourth Reich called the European Union. The Serbs will never play second fiddle to anyone.
Only a strong Serbia can aid a post EU Europe in the recovery of the continent from the clutches of Islam and help guide the Balkans to a new and better future. This is my message of peace to my Balkan ancestral enemies.
Accept your destiny as our subjects or you will be annihilated. What other alternative do you have ?
Message of peace!! How about donkey sitting on your face and sh*t on your face!!!! Your useless Serbian filth will only destroy humanity like it did with Yugolsvia!!! Europe and humanity is better off without Serbia or Serbs!
FkUrStupid

Australia

#19 Jul 26, 2012
I can respect this, albeit a red neck, president of Serbia. He may be wrong, but at least he looks out for his own people.
Look at our traitorous cvnts in the Croatian government who know full well that there was no genocide at Jasenovac but still continue to bow to Jews, homos and Serbs.
Strahd

Australia

#20 Jul 26, 2012
FkUrStupid wrote:
I can respect this, albeit a red neck, president of Serbia. He may be wrong, but at least he looks out for his own people.
Look at our traitorous cvnts in the Croatian government who know full well that there was no genocide at Jasenovac but still continue to bow to Jews, homos and Serbs.
Enough of your anti-Serb and Jewish rants man.

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