Serbia attacks British UN resolution on Srebrenica massacre

Serbia warns UNSC that UK’s Srebrenica resolution draft 'could destabilise the region'

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Serbia sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday in response to a British-drafted UN resolution on the Srebrenica massacre, warning it could cause "tension, friction and further destabilise" the region, the Telegraph reported.

The UK-authored resolution accuses the UN of failing to prevent the former Yugoslav genocide in the town of Srebrenica in July 1995, which is today located in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It also argues the UN fails to pay tribute to the 8,000 victims of the massacre and calls for a memorial day to be held in their honour.

“Serbia believes no resolution will contribute to reconciliation in the region but will, instead, cause tension, friction and further destabilise it,” the Serbian government said in the letter.

"Serbia does not understand or see sense in a resolution that will not only destabilise the region but also have a destabilising influence on political relations in the Republic of Serbia."

The letter states that the heritage of the past must not pose an obstacle to the region’s shared future, regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations.

The letter also stresses that Serbia was surprised to receive the UNSC draft resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the crime in Srebrenica from the UK.

Serbia argued that focusing on only one group of victims will exacerbate tensions in a region still struggling with the legacy of the bitter Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.

“I’m not going to force anyone to accept our outstretched hand. We'll see," Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday, in response to a reporter's question as to whether he will go to Srebrenica or not.

Last week Milorad Dodik, the president of Republika Srpska, told Bosnian-Serb television he intended to ask Russia, the Serb’s historical ally, to use its Security Council veto to prevent the resolution being adopted.

The genocide, organised by the Serb authorities under the former leader of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic and his aide Ratko Mladic, resulted in the death of 8,372 Bosnian Muslims.

UN Resolutions 819 and 836 had designated Srebrenica a “safe haven” to be protected by Dutch UN forces using "all necessary means, including the use of force."

Continued attacks on UN Safe Areas as well as the continued Siege of Sarajevo also ultimately resulted in a NATO intervention  named Operation Deliberate Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

TRTWorld and agencies