The Republika Srpska (RS) entity wants an independent commission that will examine and report on the events in and around Srebrenica in the period July 10-19 1995, and on the suffering of Serbs in Sarajevo from 1991 to 1995, said the RS President, and added that several experts already said they would talk about their engagement in the commission.
"We are speaking to a former judge from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to see if he would be part of that commission. We want this to be a commission whose report the RS would be able to adopt, but others would need to do the same," Dodik explained.
He stressed they do not want a commission that would be under anyone’s pressure, not even under the State Department’s pressure.
He said he saw no reason why the State Department had to react to the RS Parliament’s decision to reject the 2004 Srebrenica Commission’s Report, except for the possibility that "remnants of the former administration that used to behave that way are still occupying the State Department.”
"Had the policy of (US President Donald) Trump been integrated into the State Department, we’d definitely have their support in finding out the truth. We want the truth, but the things that were written in that report weren’t entirely true," Dodik stressed.
He added that everything that was true in the previous report will be integrated into the new report.
"Not one Serb victim was stated on the list, which only proves the tendentiousness of the report and that is why it had to be annulled,” Dodik concluded. The US State Department called the rejection of the 2004 Srebrenica Report "a step in the wrong direction."
"Attempts to reject or amend the report on Srebrenica are part of wider efforts to revise the facts of the past war, to deny history, and to politicize tragedy," the State Department's press release said.