Mandić: The Serbian people are united in opposition to any intention to have their alleged genocidal nature voted into the UN

"We will stand our ground and with raised foreheads we will fight for a better future of the Serbian people," Mandić wrote on the X social network.

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Mandić, Photo: Boris Pejović
Mandić, Photo: Boris Pejović
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The Serbian people are united in their opposition to any intention to vote on their alleged genocide in the United Nations (UN) and provide full support for all the efforts made by the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the delegation of Serbia, announced today the President of the Parliament of Montenegro and the leader of the New Serbian Democracy ( NSD) Andrija Mandić.

"Today, the Serbian people, regardless of where they live, have their heart in the UN. They are united in their opposition to any intention to have their alleged genocide voted in the UN and fully support all the efforts made by the president and the delegation of the Republic of Serbia. We will remain our on our own and with raised foreheads, we will fight for a better future of the Serbian people," wrote Mandić on the social network X.

The members of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) should vote today on the Proposal for a resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica.

The resolution, which declares July 11 as the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Srebrenica Genocide and condemns the denial of genocide and the glorification of war criminals, was sponsored by 38 countries.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milojko Spajić announced on May 9, at the Prime Minister's Hour in the Parliament, that Montenegro will vote for the Resolution on Srebrenica.

In the meantime, Montenegro has submitted two amendments to the draft resolution which emphasize that the guilt for the crime of genocide is individual and cannot be attributed to any nation, ethnic or religious group, while pointing out the necessity of preserving the provisions of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina .

Spajić, after the Montenegrin amendments were accepted, assessed that it was a great success of Montenegrin diplomacy and a step towards reconciliation within Montenegro and the region.

The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, assessed that the Resolution on Srebrenica is a political declaration that aims to "put a collective mark on the head of a nation".

He said that for him it was a "disgusting game" regarding the amendments submitted by Montenegro and that he would reveal the whole truth, with whom they were negotiated and why, upon his return from New York.

"It's a game to shut Serbia up. You didn't agree with Serbia on amendments to the Resolution," said Vučić.

Yesterday in Podgorica, a gathering of citizens was held in front of the Government of Montenegro building in order to express dissatisfaction with the announcement of the executive power that Montenegro will support the Resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica in the United Nations (UN).

The draft Resolution on the International Day of Remembrance and Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica was included in the agenda of the 82nd Plenary Meeting under the item Culture of Peace, at 16.00:XNUMX CET.

The resolution was proposed by Germany and Rwanda, and sponsored by another 34 countries, including the Quinte countries and all former Yugoslav republics except Serbia and Montenegro.

In addition to the proponents Germany and Rwanda, the sponsors of the resolution are: Albania, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, BiH, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Canada, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, USA, North Macedonia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Great Britain and Vanuatu, according to the draft document.

The draft resolution recalls the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which characterized the crime in Srebrenica as genocide.

It is also reminded that 2025 marks the 30th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica in which at least 1995 lives were lost in 8.372.

It emphasizes the responsibility of states to end impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law and to prosecute those responsible for such acts in order to avoid their repetition and achieve sustainable peace, justice, truth and reconciliation.

Two amendments proposed by Montenegro were inserted into the final text, which repeat that "criminal responsibility under international law for the crime of genocide cannot be applied to any ethnic, religious or other community as a whole", as well as "firm commitment maintaining and strengthening unity in diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina".

What is written in the draft

The text of the draft resolution A/78/L.67 with inserted amendments, published on the UN website, reads:

Draft resolution

International Day of Remembrance and Remembrance of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide.

general assembly,

Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,

Referring to Security Council resolution 819 of April 16, 1993 declaring Srebrenica a safe zone, resolution 827 of May 25, 1993 on the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and resolution 1966 of December 22, 2010 on establishing the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Courts,

Also recalling all judgments of the ICTY, and especially the eight that contain judgments for the crime of genocide against Bosnian Muslims committed in Srebrenica in 1995, above all the judgment of the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY of April 19, 2004 (Prosecutor v. Krstić), the judgment of the Appeals Chamber of the Mechanism of June 8, 2021 (Prosecutor v. Mladić), the judgment of the Appeals Chamber of the Mechanism of March 20, 2019 (Prosecutor v. Karadžić), as well as the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of February 26, 2007, which ruled that acts committed in Srebrenica represent acts of genocide,

Reaffirming its strong opposition to impunity for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, or other violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law and emphasizing in this context the responsibility of States to end impunity and, to that end, to thoroughly investigate and prosecute, in accordance with their relevant international legal obligations and their domestic law, the persons responsible for such acts, in order to avoid their repetition and to achieve sustainable peace, justice, truth and reconciliation, for which the participation of victims and survivors, as well as members of their families centrally,

Welcoming the important progress made by international courts in recent years in combating impunity and in securing accountability for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and other serious crimes through the international justice system,

Recognizing in this regard the special contribution of the ICTY and emphasizing the importance of the international community being ready to take collective action through the Security Council, in accordance with the Charter, and on a case-by-case basis to further ensure accountability for genocide and the prevention of genocide,

Reiterating that under international law, criminal responsibility for the crime of genocide is individualized and cannot be attributed to any ethnic, religious or other group or community as a whole,

Considering the role of the Secretary-General's Special Advisers on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect and noting the importance of regular briefings on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law as well as on hate speech and encouraging early awareness of potential genocide,

Noting that the prosecution of persons responsible for genocide and other international crimes in national judicial systems, including the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the ICTY as well as the Mechanism, remains central to the process of national reconciliation and confidence building as well as to the restoration and maintenance of peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and further recognizing that strong regional cooperation between national prosecution offices is essential for fostering peace, justice, truth and reconciliation among countries in the region,

Reiterating the unwavering commitment to maintaining stability and strengthening unity in diversity in Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Also noting that 2025 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in which at least 8.372 lives were lost, thousands of people were displaced, and families and communities were destroyed,

1. Decides to declare July 11 as the International Day of Remembrance and Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 and to mark it every year;

2. Condemns without reservation any denial of the genocide in Srebrenica as a historical event and calls on member states to preserve the established facts, including through their educational systems, by developing appropriate programs, also as a sign of remembrance, in order to prevent denial and misinterpretation and the occurrence of genocide in the future ;

3. It also unreservedly condemns acts that glorify persons convicted before international courts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, including those responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica;

4. Emphasizes the importance of ending the process of finding and identifying the remaining victims of the genocide in Srebrenica and providing a dignified burial for them and calls for the continuation of the prosecution of the perpetrators of the genocide in Srebrenica who have yet to face justice;

5. Calls on all states to fully comply with their obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, as applicable, and customary international law on the prevention and punishment of genocide, with due respect for relevant decisions of the International Court of Justice;

6. Requests the Secretary-General to establish an information program entitled "Genocide in Srebrenica and the United Nations", starting activities in preparation for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary in 2025, and further requests the Secretary-General to draw the attention of all member states to this resolution , organizations from the UN system and civil society organizations for appropriate respect;

7. Calls on all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and other relevant stakeholders to observe the International Day, including special commemorations and activities to commemorate and honor the victims of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica, as well as appropriate education and public awareness activities.

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