Dodik keeps denying scope of Srebrenica atrocity
HINA Croatian news agency
July 10, 2018
ZAGREB, July 10 (Hina) --
Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik on Tuesday again denied the gravity of the war
crimes in Srebrenica where over 8,000 victims were killed when Serb forces
overran that eastern Bosnian enclave in mid-July 1995, insisting that the number
of the victims was half that.
Ahead of the the commemoration
of the 23rd anniversary of the Srebrenica atrocities, which will be held on
Wednesday, the Bosnian Serb entity's president said that he would do his utmost
to make sure that a document which was adopted by the then entity government in
Banja Luka confirming the scope of the Srebrenica massacre would be withdrawn.
"Documents of the Hague
Tribunal (the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia) mention
figures of about 3,500 to 5,000 casualties, while the report (made by the
Bosnian Serb government in 2004) put the number of victims at 8,700," Dodik said
on Tuesday during his visit to the town of Modrica, northern Bosnia and
Dodik is known for persisting
on denying the Srebrenica genocide.
In 2004, the then Bosnian Serb
entity president Dragan Cavic said that he was deeply ashamed of the "black page
in the history of the Serb people", referring to the war crimes committed by the
Serb police and army in the summer of 1995 in Srebrenica. Cavic said then that
the perpetrators could not justify their action in any way.
Despite Milorad Dodik's attempts
to suppress it, the RS Government's 2004 report remains available online:
Report of The Commission
for Investigation of the Events in and around Srebrenica between 10th and 19th
July 1995, Banja Luka, June 11, 2004.
Addendum to the Report of the
11th June 2004 on the Events in and around Srebrenica between 10th and 19th July
1995, Banja Luka, October 15, 2004.