Genocide was rewarded today in Stockholm, Bosnia's Croat Presidency Chairman Zeljko Komsic told Fena News Agency Tuesday, following the official award ceremony where Austrian writer Peter Handke, known for his controversial views on the Srebrenica genocide, received the Nobel Prize for literature.
“Genocide was rewarded today. Those who rewarded it should be ashamed. We could have expected hate from the man who won the Prize and the man who glorifies genocide, but hate from those who awarded him this Prize is devastating,” Chairman Komsic said.
Now the mankind has to stand up to the hate for the victims of genocide, he said.
“This is an act of hatred for the victims of genocide. Now the mankind and every one of us have the task of fighting the hatred for the victims of genocide in our country before the entire civilisation,” Komsic concluded.
This year's Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Austrian writer Peter Handke, is known for controversial views on the developments in Srebrenica, eastern Bosnia, denying the genocide and defending Slobodan Milosevic, the former president of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, who was also the Hague Tribunal's indictee for war crimes.
The award of the Nobel Prize to Handke provoked many negative reactions in the region and the world, with a protest that was held in front of the Swedish Embassy in Sarajevo, Pristina...
Following the press conference where Handke refused to answer questions about Srebrenica and his support for Milosevic, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Turkey, and according to the Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli, Afghanistan and Northern Macedonia announced they would not attend the award ceremony for Literature in Stockholm.