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The latest Radio Free Europe (RFE) Bridge discussed the role of the Milosevic regime in the genocide committed in Srebrenica 25 years ago in July 1995.

The interlocutors were Ivana Žanić, executive director of the Humanitarian Law Center from Belgrade, and Sinan Alić, president of the Truth, Justice, Reconciliation Foundation from Tuzla.

There was talk of why it was International Court of Justice In 2007, he acquitted Serbia of genocide, declaring it responsible for not preventing it, whether there was evidence of Serbian involvement during the trial of genocide perpetrators before the Hague Tribunal, how much such evidence was presented during Milosevic’s trial, whether the Republika Srpska Army committed genocide, was practically under the command of Belgrade, why the officers of that army, including its commander Ratko Mladic, were on Serbia’s payroll, why Bosnia and Herzegovina could not use the minutes from the sessions of the Supreme Defense Council in the trial against Serbia before the International Court of Justice Of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which contains evidence of the involvement of the Serbian leadership in the Srebrenica genocide, as well as whether Milosevic would have been convicted of genocide if he had not died during the trial before the Hague Tribunal.

Omer Karabeg: The International Court of Justice ruled in 2007 that Serbia did not commit genocide in Srebrenica, as Bosnia and Herzegovina claimed in its lawsuit. According to that verdict, Serbia is responsible for not preventing genocide, although it had information that it was being prepared, but according to the court’s conclusion, the genocide in Srebrenica was not committed under the instructions and under the control of Serbia. The perpetrators of the genocide in Srebrenica have been tried and are still being tried at the Hague Tribunal, ie the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. In those trials at the Hague Tribunal, was there any evidence that Serbia was involved in the genocide in Srebrenica?

Ivana Žanić: Serbia was very involved and I would say I conducted both the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia. We must not forget the fact that the Army of the Republika Srpska originated from the Yugoslav People’s Army and that Serbia provided all logistical support to that army. The claim that Serbia has nothing to do with the genocide in Srebrenica is absolutely incorrect. In my opinion, her role was crucial.

Omer Karabeg: And was there evidence for that in the trials at The Hague tribunal?

Ivana Žanić: Certainly it is – first of all in the verdict against Momcilo Perisic, the former Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, who was accused of aiding and abetting crimes committed by the forces of the Army of the Republika Srpska.

He was acquitted on appeal, but the findings of the first-instance verdict that based on the decision of the political leadership of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav Army provided large-scale logistical assistance to the Army of Republika Srpska in weapons, ammunition, fuel and professional support are not disputed.

Sinan Alic: I think that most of the evidence was during the Milosevic trial, which was not completed due to his death, so that file was closed. But there is still documentation on the basis of which a joint criminal enterprise can be traced back to the 1990s. What was happening on the Milosevic-Karadzic route, especially the intercepted telephone conversations between the two, indicate that everything was coordinated with Belgrade. Despite that, Serbia got through. When I say Serbia, I mean the regime, not the citizens of Serbia.

I mean the regime of Slobodan Milosevic and all the regimes that followed. They slipped through the needles thanks primarily to the death of Slobodan Milosevic. However, in the interlocutory judgment of 16 June 2004, the Trial Chamber of the Hague Tribunal took the view that there was sufficient evidence that Milosevic knew of the genocide. I am convinced that Milosevic would have been convicted of genocide if the trial had been completed. This was confirmed to me by Professor Robert Donja, who was an expert of the Prosecutor’s Office in The Hague in almost all trials.

Unfortunately, the trial is not over and we now have a denial of the crime and a mockery of the victims. War criminals are being promoted in Serbia under the auspices of the state. Their books are printed at the expense of the state.

Ivana Žanić: If the proceedings against Slobodan Milošević in The Hague were over, we would have a complete picture of what really happened in the wars

Ivana Žanić: It is a great pity that the proceedings against Slobodan Milosevic before the Hague Tribunal are not over, because then we would have an absolutely complete picture of what really happened in the wars, not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, but also in Kosovo. In that case, we would not have this kind of revisionism that we are facing in Serbia today.

Here are now in power people who in some way participated in the creation of war-mongering and criminal policies in the 1990s. I would like to remind you of the speech of the current president of Serbia in July 1995 in the National Assembly of Serbia, when he said: “Kill one Serb, we will kill 100 Muslims.”

Unfortunately, that later happened in much, much larger numbers. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin says that now is the time for pride and that we no longer have anything to be ashamed of, especially not our war past, which was demonstrated by publishing books of convicted war criminals in the edition of the Ministry of Defense.

Omer Karabeg: Why was the evidence of Serbia’s involvement in the Srebrenica genocide, presented in the trial against Milosevic and in other trials at The Hague tribunal, not used in the trial before the International Court of Justice?

Sinan Alic: There is a contradictory role of Carla del Ponte, the chief prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal, and Goran Svilanovic, who was Serbia-Montenegro’s foreign minister at the time. It is about obscuring the minutes from the sessions of the Supreme Defense Council of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which prevented their use before the International Court of Justice. If Bosnia and Herzegovina had those documents, the verdict would have been different.

These documents are still inaccessible to historians. However, an interim judgment by the Trial Chamber of the Hague Tribunal is available, which shows that Milosevic, as a personification of the regime in Belgrade, was involved in the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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