BELGRADE – A UN Security Council resolution would contribute to healing the wounds in the Balkans still plagued by the memories of the bloody wars in the 1990s if it condemns Western powers for their part in Yugoslavia’s breakdown along with war crimes, Serbian politician Vladimir Krsljanin said, Sputnik reports.
“Not a single atrocity on the territory of former Yugoslavia in 1991-1999 and later on the lands occupied by NATO was committed without the British and other Western security services playing a key role,” Krsljanin of the People’s Movement of Serbia said in an article.
The remarks came after Britain decided to draft a UNSC resolution to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, which saw approximately 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed. Serbia is against the document saying it would only cause “tension, friction and further destabilize” the Balkans.
“The only resolution capable of making things better in the region … should condemn all war crimes and their perpetrators, as well as commemorate the innocent victims. It should also decry unlawful policies of the Western countries, which led to the breakup of Yugoslavia with the help of NATO, secret services, the Hague Tribunal, terrorism, drug traffickers, national and religious extremists of every stripe and color,” Krsljanin pointed out.
Such a document would surely be vetoed by Britain, France and the United States, the politician added.
“West still treats Serbia like a brutal aggressor would treat a defeated adversary, who has to be destroyed not only in the military, political, economic and spiritual sense but also stigmatized to cover [the attacker’s] own crimes,” Krsljanin said. British resolution on Srebrenica proves this point.
Krsljanin is also very critical of the current Serbian leadership. According to the politician, the government is only buying time and trying not to stir resentment, treating everyone, including the US, Russia and drug traffickers from Pristina, as “friends.”
“This is a [political] foundation, which even in less trying times inevitably leads to the total collapse of a building,” the politician said.
The 1995 Srebrenica massacre became the only atrocity in Europe to be labelled genocide by the United Nations since the end of the World War II. Serbia does not refer to the massacre as genocide but in 2010 the country adopted a declaration condemning the 1995 killings.
Earlier in June, Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic announced that he plans to take part in the events marking two decades since the Srebrenica massacre.