Bosniak politician: Vucic "attacked himself" in Srebrenica
Ivica Dacic has rejected the criticism coming from Sadik Ahmetovic, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia-Herzegovina's House of Representatives.Source: Beta
Dacic previously said that Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) politicians were behind last year's attack on Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Srebrenica. He in this way reacted to the news that came from Sarajevo that the investigation into the attack had been stopped.
"The statement of Sadik Ahmetovic that Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was to blame and that he attacked himself, speaks best about the Bosniak politicians in Bosnia-Herzegovina," Dacic said in a statement that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwarded the media, Beta agency reported.
Ahmetovic previously commented on Dacic's original statement about the stopping of the investigation, to say that his claim Bosniak politicians were behind the attack on Vucic was "absolutely inappropriate" and "does not contribute to the stabilization of relations in the region."
"Aleksandar Vucic in Potocari attacked 'himself', because the mass reacted and nobody could control it, due to previous statements of Vucic about a UN resolution on Srebrenica, Naser Oric's arrest in Switzerland, and many more things," Ahmetovic told the website klix.ba.
He also said that Dacic's messages "is not needed by anyone, including Serbia, because had there been some individual responsibility (for the attack), it would have been discovered."
In his statement on Sunday, Dacic said that Vucic attended the Srebrenica commemoration last year when the incident occurred "on their invitation" and that therefore "the host state was under obligation to take care of his safety."
He also pointed out that a few days later, Bosniak representative in the country' tripartite presidency Bakir Izetbegovic with Vucic as his host "took a walk in Belgrade peacefully" as "Serbia would never let incidents and attacks be organized targeting him or others who visit from abroad - as has happened in Bosnia-Herzegovina."
Dacic also asked whether it was possible that nobody has been held accountable even a year after the attack and attempted murder of Vucic, and that even the investigation has been stopped.
"All this is an unprecedented inter-state scandal," said Dacic, adding that Serbia therefore has her "reasonable doubts" that the Srebrenica incident was "staged and organized."
Dacic also reminded that Vucic started his previous mandate as PM with a visit to Sarajevo, and constantly emphasized the need for stability in Bosnia-Herzegovina and for good relations, that he went to Srebrenica to pay homage to the victims, "which U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden appraised highly recently in Belgrade, condemning the attack against him and this year's the message that he (Vucic) was unwanted in Srebrenica."
"Peace cannot be built with hatred and igniting conflicts. The past cannot be changed, but we can build our future. It requires a serious and sincere policy. Serbia is ready for it, and it is not our weakness as some think, but a great advantage," said Dacic.