UN Top Official Outlaws Bosnian Parliament Over Genocide Denial
United Nations’ peace envoy has outlawed the denial of genocide committed in Serbia and the Bosnian-Serb politicians are not at all happy about this veto. Making it an ego issue, the politicians have now decided to give a tit-for-tat treatment and pledged to boycott central institutions, effectively blocking decision-making.
They are in no mood to tow the line, which would be the right thing to do, owing to the fact that the EU and UN norms only help to safeguard the sanctity of life and economies of the various EU members. Mutiny seems to be running amok with Serbia and its neighbours.
Branislav Borenovic, one of the opposition leaders of the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska in the north and east of the country has already declared, “As of tomorrow, Serb political representatives will no longer participate in the work of the common institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and will not make any decisions until this issue is resolved.”
On cards is the tactic to disregard the authorities of the Bosnian joint presidency, the parliament and the government by the Serb representatives effectively blocking the central institutions that rely on the approval of representatives.
But the stand taken on by the top international official in Bosnia, Valentin Inzko isn’t wrong. In fact, it is meant to deem justice over the lives lost in the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, that Bosnian-Serbs are willing to not be recognized as genocide at all.
As the head of an international body that has been specially set up to implement post-war peace has reasons to have overruled Bosnia’s parliament. It says politicians have failed to counter attempts to downplay the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.
But even Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia’s joint presidency has also had his say, where he made a public statement claiming, “We will not live in a country where someone can impose a law by simply publishing it on its website.” Bosnia and Serbia have always been the rebels that have never actually become a part of the European Union completely. The Bosnian Serb killings that took place in Srebrenica are Europe’s only acknowledged genocide since the Second World War. Bosnian Serbs and neighboring Serbia do not accept the description. Further, Bosnian Serbs have honored their wartime leader, Radovan Karadzic, and military commander Ratko Mladic as heroes -both convicted of genocide and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Hague-based tribunal.