13.07.2021 – 17:42
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU would not tolerate genocide denial and efforts to review history.
Speaking on Tuesday about the Srebrenica genocide, Borrell said that, 26 years later, this date reminds everyone of the need for reconciliation not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but throughout the Western Balkans.
“The Srebrenica genocide is internationally known. It is one of the darkest events in modern European history. It’s in the collective consciousness of those who took part in it and those who did not prevent it. “
“Let me be clear: efforts to review history, to deny genocide and to glorify war criminals have no place in Europe. “They must stop and I assure you they will not be tolerated.”
He made the remarks following a meeting of the EU Stabilization and Association Council with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Borrell also said that Bosnia has not made enough progress in the reform process and called on the country’s leaders to meet the conditions for progress towards EU integration.
On July 11, Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the 26th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, in which Serb forces killed over 8,000 Muslim men and boys.
The massacre was recognized as genocide by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
From the Western Balkan countries, Kosovo, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia have adopted resolutions condemning the Srebrenica genocide.
Albania has not approved such a document. There are two resolutions in the Serbian Parliament – one calling for Srebrenica to be convicted of a crime and the other of genocide – but discussing them has not yet been put on the agenda.