Serbia’s parliament has apologised for the slaughter of thousands of Bosnian Muslims massacred in Sebrenica in 1995. The landmark resolution was passed by a slim majority.
After nearly 13 hours of parliamentary debate the apology was approved but it stopped short of calling the killings, “genocide”.
Vice President Meho Omerovic of the Sandzak Democratic Party pledged action.
“With this decision the parliament of Serbia strongly condemns the war crimes and the parliament will do everything to arrest the most important one Ratko Mladic and bring him to justice in the Hague tribunal.”
Omervic’s words were not accepted across the Parliament, the radical party saying the apology came due to international pressure.
“This declaration, which was already prepared, is a product of pressures imposed on our country and which is acceptable to the ruling majority would expose the Serbian nation and the state to unforseen consequences,” said Serbian Radical Party Leader, Dragan Todorovic
That view was backed up in protests in front of parliament. The demonstrators described their former leaders as heros. Some carried posters of Radovan Karadzic who is on trial in the Hague for the massacre.
Karadzic and General Ratko Mladic, who’s still at large, are accused of being responsible for the killing of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. Serbia, which is seeking EU membership, has been told it must handover Mladic to the war crimes tribunal before starting talks.