GRUJICIC: MERON’S STATEMENT TRUE BUT NOT COMPLETE

Сребреница - Младен Грујичић

SREBRENICA, June 13 /SRNA/ – The statement by the president of the Hague war crimes tribunal, Theodor Meron, that the goal in Srebrenica was to wipe out one people is true but incomplete because he did not say the Serb people was in question, Mladen Grujicic, the head of the Srebrenica Association of Families of Detained and Fallen Veterans and Missing Civilians, tells Srna.

He points out that it is clear that reading the charges, ICTY judges could have made a conclusion that it was a matter of ethnic cleansing and uninterrupted destruction of the Serb people in Srebrenica and its vicinity during the 1990s war. 

Grujicic cites the examples confirming the truthfulness of Meron’s statement. “Out of some 30 Serb civilians who stayed in Srebrenica at the beginning of the war as the citizens loyal to the Muslim authorities at the time, only a senile member of the partisans, Djuka Micic, survived. All others were abused, tortured, murdered and are still missing because the information on the place of their burial is kept secret.” 

During a withdrawal from Srebrenica, the Muslim troops slaughtered senior citizen Ivanka Mirkovic at her doorstep so that she would not testify about the tortures and murders of Serbs since she could see and hear their screams and cries for help as she had lived near the police station and the prison where the Serb prisoners were taken, abused and killed, emphasises Grujicic. 

“Apart from the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in the urban part of Srebrenica, the Muslim troops killed and burnt everything Serb by raiding the Serb villages, wanting to destroy all traces of the Serb existence in these parts,” says Grujicic. 

According to Grujicic, there is the data that shows that half of some 2,000 Serbs, who were killed in different ways by the Muslim units under the command of the criminal group headed by Naser Oric in and around Srebrenica, were civilians. 

Grujicic notes that at the beginning of the war, in Gniona, Gostilj, Cumavici, Osredak, Viogor and a few other hamlets, Oric and his subordinates took prisoner the entire Serb population they found in the villages and closed them up in a henhouse in Potocari where they subjected them to torture and abuse. 

In that group all the prisoners were civilians. 

Civilians were neither spared during the Muslim raids into the Serb villages of Karno, Crni Vrh, Ratkovici, Brezane, Krnjici, Magasici, Zagoni, Zalazje, Sase, Podravanje, Fakovici, Bjelovac, Jezestica, Kravica, Cosici, Kusici and Skelani, where several hundred Serb civilians were killed, mostly the elderly and women, while several dozen Serb children were killed or detained in camps. 

“The murders of Serb civilians in the first year of the war happened almost every day in these parts and there is evidence to corroborate this including the names of the killed, dates, places and manners of execution,” notes Grujicic. 

He points out that the Muslim civilians in Srebrenica and surrounding villages were not killed except for in possible exchange of artillery fire, which shows that the Serbs and Serb army did not intend to wipe out the Muslim people who then changed their name and called themselves Bosniaks. /end/ds