Justice has not been served and was selective in regard to the wartime events in Srebrenica, the mayor of the eastern town, Mladen Grujicic, said at a Friday local assembly session commemorating ‘all Srebrenica citizens who were killed, regardless of their ethnic and religious affiliation’.
Grujicic made the statements a day ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide - when Bosnian Serb forces overran the eastern town and killed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys.
He strongly criticised the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal in the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which ruled that a genocide took place in Srebrenica.
“I think that the Hague Tribunal, which was formed to reconcile the peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina, produced an even bigger divide between those peoples because it openly sided with only one of them and targeted another,” Grujicic said.
He said that “this is not the way to reach a consensus” or to ensure a good life for citizens, arguing that someone must also face justice for all the Serbs that were killed in the town.
“It’s impossible to have a war where the war criminals are only on one side,” he said.
Gruicic has, as throughout previous years, refrained from calling what happened in Srebrenica a genocide.