Croatian President Zoran Milanović said during the meeting of participants of the Brdo – Brijuni process in Slovenia that genocide did not happen in Srebrenica. Such a statement justifiably gave rise to negative reactions, and, one of them was from the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the end of his mandate, former high representative Valentin Inzko brought changes to the law prohibiting the denial of genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The OHR reiterated once again that this is inadmissible. “Regarding recent media reports about alleged statements made during the Brdo-Brijuni summit in Slovenia, the High Representative reiterates that the facts regarding Srebrenica are clear and well established,” they wrote.
Incidentally, the allegations that Milanović denied the genocide at the meeting were also confirmed by the cabinet of Šefik Džaferović, a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who was at the meeting. A few days later, Milanović once again confirmed his position and relativized the genocide in Srebrenica. The OHR is very clear about this: “Verdicts on the crime of genocide in Srebrenica were handed down by both international and domestic courts”.
“The High Representative is deeply convinced that an open consideration and confrontation with the crimes of the past is absolutely necessary in order to build an environment for reconciliation and ensure full accountability of individuals through the criminal justice system,” they stated.
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