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22.05.2024.

10:10

Opening speech to the perpetrators of genocide: You shot children in Kragujevac...

Western powers use political and economic means to pressure the countries of Latin America and Africa to vote for the resolution on Srebrenica, which will be before the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow.

Izvor: Novosti

Opening speech to the perpetrators of genocide: You shot children in Kragujevac...
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In this atmosphere, our delegation in New York, headed by President Aleksandar Vučić, is trying to win the best possible outcome for Serbia, to convince the countries that Belgrade condemns the crime, but that there was no genocide, that no one looks back at the Serbian victims and that it is not fair that the label of a genocidal state hangs on Serbia's back.

Although it was not known until the last moment whether Germany, due to the heavy historical burden it carries on its shoulders, will present the draft of the disputed document, the Serbian delegation received information that the representative of Berlin on the East River will be the only one who will have an opening speech and ask for support for the resolution.

Therefore, those who started the slaughterhouse of the Second World War, who patented the concentration camps and gas chambers, who are responsible for the death of at least 55 million people, who introduced in Serbia the infamous quota of 100 killed Serbs for one killed Wehrmacht soldier, who shot schoolchildren in Kragujevac... they are now the ushers in an unprecedented political verdict on our entire nation!

By the way, the permanent representative of Germany in the UN, Antje Leendertse, was the most active in the anti-Serbian campaign to gather votes for the shameful text, personally going to Kenya and Latin American countries to lobby for its adoption. After her address to the upper house, a response from President Vučić is expected.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Marko Djurić, said that the vote will not be as imagined by the creators of the resolution.

"No one expected that Serbia would oppose it so strongly and that it would not allow that, along with the Holocaust and the genocide in Rwanda, the Serbs were marked practically in an indirect way as responsible, as morally guilty before the conscience of humanity. We opposed that kind of injustice, an artificial hierarchy among the victims in which both Serbian and other victims would not be marked appropriately, and Serbia would be labeled. I would not raise expectations excessively, but surely things do not and will not go the way the authors of the resolution wanted and hoped for. All countries face enormous pressure from some of the most developed countries. And it is not easy to talk in such circumstances. We are fighting for good interpersonal relations in our region, against divisions, but also against hierarchies. Will we have more friends or more partners in the world after this vote? We will certainly have more people who respect us, because we didn't allow ourselves to be trampled on," he said.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic said that the West is putting a lot of pressure on countries that are expected not to support the resolution on Srebrenica and added that although the results of the vote will not go in favor of Serbia, the Western countries will not be satisfied with them either, because they expect a two-thirds majority.

He added that Serbia's opponents are the strongest countries in the world, including Germany, Great Britain, the USA, France, Islamic countries...

"I personally spoke with 73 foreign ministers, among them the late head of diplomacy of Iran. However, the situation here is changing day by day. Now there is a new minister of foreign affairs and he is now conducting these additional consultations with them. Many countries will be abstained during the voting in the UN, but the rules are such that only votes "for" and "against" are counted. Most of the delegates generally leave the hall during the voting or abstain purely so as not to annoy big powers," says Minister Dacic.
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Historian Predrag Marković believes that the whole story surrounding the resolution on Srebrenica in the UN shows that international politics is driven by force, not law and justice, and that the easy use of the word genocide has a great historical consequence.

"If you call every crime a genocide, then the few real genocides lose their importance. If Srebrenica is a genocide just like Auschwitz, then Auschwitz is nothing special. The proposal for a resolution on Srebrenica in the UN opens Pandora's box and sets a real precedent. First, Gaza could be found in front of the UN, as the victims of various civil wars in Africa, which are far more numerous than in Srebrenica and the entire war in Bosnia and Herzegovina until the vote, it will be terrible because those who are in favor of the resolution will come out to vote. Those who are not will abstain or not show up," said Marković.

Marko Blažić, from the Center for Social Stability, stated that "the Serbian delegation is facing an extremely difficult fight":

"It is very difficult that the resolution will not be adopted, if we only look at the countries that are co-sponsors - Turkey, Germany, Slovenia, strong countries that are lobbying for that resolution. The announcements of China and Hungary that they will vote against show that Serbia managed to explain to its traditional partners that this is a political resolution that wants to impose a collective genocide on the Serbian people, and as a consequence it has the abolition of the Republika Srpska," he says.

Blažić added that "there is a problem with the term genocide itself, because it was defined as such in 1948, which is why genocides that happened before cannot be characterized that way in the UN", such as the genocide of the Turks against the Armenians in 1915.

"Of course you have the Second World War, the genocide in the NDH, in Africa, in Rwanda there was a genocide when more than 800,000 members of another tribe were killed. These are some examples that are undeniably genocide and when you compare the crime that happened in Srebrenica with these epic sufferings of Armenians, Jews, Serbs in the NDH, it can be seen that this is a purely political resolution," said Blažić.

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