Anniversary of Dobrovoljacka Street massacre commemorated in Sarajevo

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SARAJEVO – Church services were held and flowers laid in Sarajevo on Tuesday for the victims of a 1992 massacre of soldiers of the former Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) in the city’s Dobrovoljacka Street.

Forty-two soldiers were killed, 71 wounded and 207 more taken prisoner in attacks by Muslim paramilitary forces and so-called Territorial Defence units on May 2-3, 1992.

A liturgy and a memorial service were held in a Serbian Orthodox church in Eastern Sarajevo, after which massacre survivors, members of the victims’ families and Republika Srpska officials set off for the now-renamed Dobrovoljacka Street.

Republika Srpska Minister of Labour and Veteran and Disability Protection Milenko Savanovic said that the attack on the JNA convoy was a cowardly and criminal attack on what was, at the time, the only legitimate armed force in the former Yugoslavia.

It is regrettable that no one has answered for this crime, the Republika Srpska public broadcaster RTRS quoted Republika Srpska Parliament Speaker Nedeljko Cubrilovic as saying.

There were Serbs, Muslims, Croats and ethnic Albanians among those retreating from Sarajevo on May 3, 1992 pursuant to an earlier agreement, said Cubrilovic, adding that they were merely performing their duty.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia dismissed the Dobrovoljacka Street case in 2003, declaring the JNA convoy a legitimate military target.

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