On the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, a commemorative meeting was held at the Historical Institute of Kosovo tonight, which began with the singing of the Kosovo anthem and a minute of silence for all Srebrenica victims, reports Anadolu.
The co-organizers of the commemorative meeting were the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo from the Bosniak community, Emilija Redžepi, and the university professor from Mitrovica, Nexhmeden Spahiu.
Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti, who spoke in Bosnian at the commemorative meeting, said that there is still no justice and peace for Srebrenica and BiH. He pointed out that whenever the anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica approaches, we remember the 8,732 Bosniak men and boys who were not given the slightest hope of survival.
“We always remember and are troubled by the fact that the criminals never received the punishment they deserved. Although Serbia was held responsible for not stopping the genocide, it was never held responsible for the merciless act and committed genocide,” said Kurti.
Kurti pointed out that not even a quarter of a century after the genocide, “Serbia has not yet been punished for the genocide in Srebrenica”. He said that we live in a time when denial of genocide adds ‘salt to the wound’. He also reminded that two years ago the Assembly of Kosovo adopted a Resolution condemning the genocide in Srebrenica.
Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina Šemsudin Mehmedović said that Srebrenica is a term for the suffering of Bosniaks. He emphasized that apart from the denial of the genocide in Srebrenica by Serbia and the smaller BiH. entity Republika Srpska, denies the Bosniak people and undermines the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He pointed out that the people of Kosovo, as well as the Bosniaks, face the cover-up and downplaying of crimes against them.
“We Bosniaks in BiH also have the task of affirming all international court rulings, especially two UN courts, the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Not only that, investigate, continue to investigate crimes, crimes against us do not expire. Pursue criminals, you have a state, issue warrants and judge, that’s our obligation,” Mehmedović said.
Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Redžepi reminded that Bosniak men of all ages were killed in Srebrenica by the Army of Republika Srpska led by General Ratko Mladić, who was convicted of genocide and war crimes, including the paramilitary formation “Scorpions” under the control and command of the MUP. of Serbia.
She said that as a person she always wonders where those Serbian soldiers and officers have so much hatred towards their neighbors with whom they lived and worked all their lives.
Professor Spahiu spoke about the decades of alliance between Albanians and Bosniaks, and the support that prominent Bosniak leaders Alija Izetbegivić and Haris Silajdžić provided for the affirmation of the Kosovo issue. Spahiu said that it is not taught in school textbooks, but that young people should understand that the Albanians would have suffered much more if Srebrenica had not happened before, and that the freedom of Kosovo owes a debt to the victims of Srebrenica.
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