BELGRADE – Competent international courts have found that Serbia did not commit a genocide in Srebrenica and the resolution currently being drafted at the UN Security Council cannot change that fact, international law professor Tibor Varadi said Thursday.
Varadi said that, quite inappropriately, too much importance was being attached to the resolution on Srebrenica, which should mark the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre on July 7.
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague found (in February 2007) that a genocide was indeed committed in the Bosnian town but could not be attributed to Serbia, said Varadi, who was a member on Serbia’s legal team defending the country in the genocide case brought by Bosnia-Herzegovina against Serbia in 2006.
Varadi told Tanjug that in a very large number of other cases, the ICJ and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) had found that no genocide had been committed. “The forthcoming resolution cannot change these facts and is therefore of no great consequence.”
The resolution’s calling for reconciliation and honoring the victims is not nothing new, he said.
Reconciliation efforts have been underway in the Western Balkan countries for quite a while, and many Serbian leaders have paid tribute to the Bosniaks victims of the Srebrenica crime, said Varadi.