The 25th anniversary of the killing of dozens JNA soldiers in Dobrovoljacka Street in Sarajevo will not be marked at the site of the massacre.
For the first time, the ceremony will be held in East Sarajevo, the Serb part of the town.
The decision was made by the Committee for the Preservation of Traditions of Wars of Liberation of the Serb Republic, the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina – due to “the behavior” of the cantonal authorities (in the Muslim-Croat entity).
On May 2, 1992, members of the Muslim Territorial Defense, police, and paramilitary formations – Zelene Beretke (“green berets”) and Patriotska Liga (“patriotic league”) – attacked a Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) convoy that was withdrawing from the city.
The attack came in violation of an agreement reached previously that allowed the troops to evacuate peacefully. According to the RS Interior Ministry, 42 members of the JNA and civilians were killed, while 73 were wounded. 215 people were captured or kidnapped, nine of which were killed the next day.
The crime in Dobrovoljacka Street has not had an epilogue in court.
Speaking about the decision to mark the anniversary in East Sarajevo, RS President Milorad Dodik said the Serb entity did not wish to expose people to danger and wanted to avoid “additional humiliation” of seeing the candles and flowers laid at the site of the massacre thrown into garbage, as has been the case previously.
This behavior “speaks about the other side in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” he said.
“I’ve long been convinced that Bosnia will come to nothing if it cannot bear and accept reconciliation like this,” Dodik said.
He described the Dobrovoljacka case as “undoubtedly a war crime.”
The Serb representative in the tripartite presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the body’s current chair, Mladen Ivanic, said that one of the biggest crimes committed in Bosnia-Herzegovina happened in Dobrovoljacka Street.
“Despite the numerous evidence, the Dobrovoljacka case has never had an epilogue in court. This shows the hypocrisy of international politics and of the judiciary in Bosnia-Herzegovina,” said Ivanic.