Djuric: We demand the withdrawal of the resolution on Srebrenica

Marko Đurić
Source: Kosovo Online

Ambassador of Serbia to the United States, Marko Djuric, stated that a Task Force has been formed at the Serbian Mission in New York, which is dealing with the situation related to the attempt to adopt a resolution on Srebrenica at the UN General Assembly around the clock.

"This attempt raises a lot of concerns and disappointments about the way such a sensitive issue is being addressed. This is a topic that should not be politicized and should primarily address reverence for the victims, rather than causing new divisions," said Djuric, adding that they will seek the withdrawal of the resolution on Srebrenica.

He assessed that the attempt is aimed at deepening divisions within BiH by proposing such a resolution on Srebrenica, where there is no consensus on such a sensitive issue.

"Besides the fact that the manner in which the resolution was proposed has violated the Constitution and laws of BiH and the internal organization which clearly stipulates that the Presidency of BiH is solely responsible for conducting foreign policy. We are talking about a post-conflict area," Djuric said.

He added that in a country where international peacekeeping forces are still present due to heightened ethnic tensions and the absence of political agreement, someone unilaterally pushes against the interests of one side a resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica.

Djuric said it is additionally worrying that there were no prior regional consultations regarding this resolution.

"This is a paramount issue concerning regional and any other stability, and at the UN, it is something that is assumed to be done. When the resolution condemning genocide in Rwanda was adopted and considered, there was a process of dialogue, discussions within the African Union, and some kind of consensus was reached. Such as in 2015 when a general resolution condemning the crime of genocide in the UN was adopted, there was dialogue, and at that time, both Serbia and BiH jointly co-sponsored such a resolution," explained Djuric.

He added that when there is dialogue and discussion, a solution can always be found, but in this case, it is clear that the goal is different.

"The aim here was to impose a terrible political label on one side," emphasized Djuric.

He reminded that Serbia has clearly condemned the crime in Srebrenica, and that two presidents of Serbia have visited Srebrenica and paid respects to the victims.

"Serbia adopted a resolution in the Assembly in 2010 condemning the crime in Srebrenica and noting that international courts have taken their stance on it. I will remind you of the way Vucic was attacked by extremists in Srebrenica when he went to pay respects to those victims. And in such conditions, when everyone knows how sensitive this issue is and how important it is for the region to focus on the future, not to divide, not to quarrel, and not to reopen old wounds, some countries that participated in the events of the nineties and which illegally attacked Serbia in 1999 decided to co-sponsor the resolution," Djuric said.

Ambassador Djuric conveyed that Serbia has decided to strongly and seriously oppose the initiative.

"It is in the interest of Serbia that the fight for it will not be easy because it is a sensitive issue because there is a group of co-sponsors belonging to countries opposed to Serbia's views on certain geopolitical issues. You have a group of Islamic countries that find it difficult to support anything related to this initiative. But, we are intensively working to clarify the background of everything, that on such a sensitive issue, we do not need something that will quarrel people or divide the region, something that will not be a matter of reverence for the victims but something that can only deepen problems in an otherwise sensitive region," Djuric emphasized.

He called on the states that proposed the resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica to withdraw it.

"To withdraw it in the interest of reconciliation, normalization of relations in the region, and to withdraw it in the interest of the victims and their families who do not deserve this topic to be trivialized, politicized, and brought into the context of broader geopolitical events, and that is exactly what this is about. Here, with the initiators, it is about other geopolitical motives they insist on," Djuric noted.

He added that President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian team will continue discussions tomorrow morning with representatives of certain European countries, followed by a three-hour session of the UN Security Council on Kosovo, where they will discuss attacks on Serbs.

"We will talk about the abolishment of the right to life through the abolishment of the dinar," Djuric said.

After that, meetings related to the resolution on Srebrenica will follow, where they will meet with representatives of dozens of countries tomorrow alone, including meetings "by groups," or continents.

"We expect to have active, direct communication with representatives of all member states on this issue. The result we are fighting for is a result that is extremely important for Serbia, that the majority of the world organization does not stand behind such a text and proposal. I cannot give promises and guarantees on how those numbers will look, but I can say with absolute certainty that it will be completely clear that there is no consensus in the international community on this issue, that it will be completely clear that there are strong and valid arguments why this resolution should not be supported and why it represents a precedent that can bring additional divisions into the international arena," Djuric emphasized.

He assessed that during the debate on the resolution on genocide in front of the UN General Assembly, Serbia will show that although it is small in number and in an unfavorable geopolitical situation, its voice will be heard far and wide because it respects all victims, is dedicated to regional peace, but has its dignity.

"The voice of Serbia, although we are numerically small and in an unfavorable geopolitical situation, will be heard very far. Citizens should know that we have decided not to bow our heads, not to accept a kind of 'hot rabbit' in the international arena and to show at the same time that we respect the victims but also have a backbone and dignity and are dedicated to regional peace," Djuric pointed out.

Djuric is in New York, where tomorrow, as a member of the delegation with President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, he will represent Serbia at the session of the UN Security Council.

At the session, the regular six-month report of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the work of UNMIK will be presented.

In the report published on the UN website, which is to be discussed, Guterres stated that despite some progress in the implementation of agreements reached through EU mediation, tensions between Belgrade and Pristina have increased, and the security situation in northern Kosovo remains fragile.