The truth about what Sarajevo and its citizens survived was well documented, yet even after 30 years there are still those who deny, relativise, and minimise these established facts, chief prosecutor for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), Serge Bremmertz, said as Sarajevo marks the anniversary of the siege.
Bosnia’s capital marks on Tuesday the 30th anniversary of the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.
The 44-month siege began on April 5, 1992, and lasted until February 29, 1996. Some 12,000 people were killed during this time, including more than 1,500 children, and 50,000 people were wounded. More than ten thousand planes landed at and took off from the Sarajevo International Airport throughout this time, delivering humanitarian aid, UN forces and transporting wounded civilians for treatment.
Numerous court records, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was succeeded by the IRMCT, prove what happened in Bosnia during the war, Brammertz said.
However, he said that politicians are setting up “pseudo-scientific commissions” to try to rewrite the history of the siege of Sarajevo for political points.
“The citizens of Sarajevo are told that they did it to themselves. The glorification of convicted war criminals is more widespread now than before. That is unacceptable,” he said.
IRMCT President, Carmel Agius, said that the ICTY had even been accused of destabilising the region with its work.
“Despite this revisionism, we must be strong. It is tragic that revisionism is accepted by political leaders,” said Agius.