Bosnian authorities order investigation into attack on Vucic
The Council of Ministers of Bosnia has authorized the Ministry of Security to investigate all the circumstances that led to the attack on Aleksandar Vucic.Source: Tanjug
The Council met in a special session on Monday. The Serbian prime minister was attacked on Saturday during the commemoration in Potocari.
The Council requested that cooperation of all police bodies at the level of Bosnia-Herzegovina be established, in order to shed light on the attack.
Bosnian Security Minister Dragan Mektic told a news conference after the session that the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) did not do its job in Potocari.
He stated that on June 23 the Direction for Coordination of Police Bodies of Bosnia-Herzegovina asked SIPA to provide assistance with the organization of the funeral of Potocari.
Mektic said that the Direction wanted SIPA to engage two of their special police teams, number of inspectors and a team for anti-diversion protection.
SIPA ignored these requests, the minister stressed.
Mektic also pointed out that this was not the only failure, adding that information exchange and coordination between police agencies was very poor.
The Bosnia-Herzegovina Council of Ministers condemned in the strongest terms on Monday the attack on Aleksandar Vucic.
The Council demanded from the Bosnia Ministry of Security to immediately provide a detailed analysis of the events that took place at the Memorial Center Potocari on Saturday.
The ministry was also requested to put forward its conclusions on measures to be applied by all authorized agencies, and the Bosnia Prosecutor's Office was urged to identify and prosecute all those responsible for the attack.
"This attack was aimed not only at Vucic, but also at the dignity of all Srebrenica victims and at all the efforts made by Bosnia," Chairman of the Council of Ministers Denis Zvizdic told a press conference after the meeting.
This was not supposed to, and should not have been allowed to happen, said Zvizdic, adding that the Bosnia security agencies guaranteed the safety of Prime Minister Vucic and other guests at the commemorative event.
Zvizdic stressed that he, as the prime minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina, did not receive any information that Vucic would be attacked in Srebrenica, and that he only heard from the Serbian officials that the Bosnia authorities had been warned about it in advance.
It should be clarified to whom the information was given, and if that person forwarded the information to all authorized agencies, said Zvizdic.