Former Bosnian army commander Naser Oric: I never attacked Serbia

NEWS 23.08.2021 17:18
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Source: Naser Orić (Anadolija)

In response to Serbia’s President and Interior Minister who criticised Bosnia for not extraditing him, former Bosnian army commander, Naser Oric, stressed that the international court in the Hague acquitted him of war crimes charges.

After Bosnian officials called on Serbia to extradite war crimes suspect Dusko Kornjaca, who is the subject of an Interpol Red Notice, Serbia’s President, Aleksandar Vucic, as well as Interior Minister, Aleksandar Vulin, denied the request and argued that Bosnia also refuses to extradite Oric, a former commander of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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“In order to put an end to this story between me and Serbia, the most important thing would be to determine how many soldiers from Serbia were killed in the attacks on the municipalities of Srebrenica and Bratunac. Vulin and Vucic should give us those answers. Both to us and to the parents of the killed soldiers from the Uzice Corps, the Red Berets, the 63rd Parachute Brigade from Nis, the 72nd Special Brigade from Pancevo,” he said.

“We know about these people, because they died in action when they attacked our positions. Let them give answers, who sent those people? And who is responsible for their deaths? Is it the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army, the State Security Service of Serbia, or the Ministry of Internal Affairs,” Oric said.

He claimed that he has information about those from Serbia who were involved in operations in the Srebrenica area, arguing that he “never attacked Serbia, while thousands of Serbian soldiers crossed the Drina river and slaughtered everyone on their way.”

Oric said the problem Serbia has with him is that a large number of members of the Serbian military were killed in the Podrinje area, among them top officers.

“They can not get over it. They know that they committed aggression, and they are hiding their losses,” he said, adding that it is to be expected from politicians in Serbia and in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska (RS) entity to mention his name in an effort to “equalise” and “justify” Serbia’s wartime actions.

“The courts have clearly and loudly determined that genocide was committed in Srebrenica, and Serbia must admit that,” he said.

He stressed that the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted him of all charges, and Serbian politicians who mention his name in relation to war crimes thus “show that they don’t respect domestic or international law.”

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