Dodik wants "international commission on Srebrenica"
RS President Milorad Dodik insists on the establishment of an international commission that would determine the truth about the July 1995 events in Srebrenica.Source: Tanjug
The disproportion between the claims of 8,000 victims and the fact that some 4,000 have been buried says that 'there is a problem', the leader of the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina has said.
"We are being told that it was 8,000, and there are about 4,000 buried there after so many years, while those from The Hague made their conclusions based on the the story about 8,000 (victims). It is really unpleasant for me to list numbers, but there is obviously some problem in all this," said Dodik.
Stressing that this is "a painful issue," the Serb Republic (RS) president added that, "if everything that happened has not been presented truthfully, it will remain the subject of speculation," the RTRS broadcaster reported.
To illustrate his statement, Dodik reminded of the story about Serbs "killing 300,000 Muslims" during the 1992-95 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which he said "led the United States and other Western countries to produce concepts for a political solution in Bosnia based on that data."
Dodik reiterated his previous position that "Srebrenica was not a heroic act," but said that "the story of Srebrenica is incomplete without the data on the Serb victims."
"I absolutely think that no crime is needed, and that this was in every sense an unnecessary crime from the political and national and military and every other standpoint. It was huge and difficult, it was the most massive crime in that area, but you cannot come out with the story about Srebrenica saying only that several thousand Bosniaks (Muslims) were killed there, and not saying that the same number of Serbs were also killed, in a time-frame that is a little wider and not concentrated only on two days," said Dodik.
Dodik stressed that he disagreed with the qualification of the Srebrenica crimes as genocide, pointing out that Turkey's crime against Armenians was genocide.