Srebrenica massacre, Kurti: Good neighborliness only happens when parties distance themselves from the crimes

On the eve of the 28th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti has said that it reminds him of the chetnik ideology that Serbia also used in Kosovo, for which he appealed for the punishment of the criminals. Citing the Serbian president’s statements that Kosovo is allegedly against dialogue, Kurti said that good neighborliness is achieved only when the parties are not afraid of distancing themselves from crimes.
Kurti made these comments at a commemorative ceremony on the eve of the 28th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, where he also stated that good neighborliness is built by establishing justice.
According to him, the foundation of peace is the punishment of criminals.
“This cruelty weighs heavily on the international conscience, even more than a quarter of a century later… We want peace, equality and cooperation between states and peoples in the Balkans, but the foundation of that peace is the punishment of criminals. It is unimaginable how even in the 21st century there are politicians in our region who say that “those who demand the punishment of those guilty of genocide are against dialogue and good neighborliness”. On the contrary, the only good neighborhood is developed by punishing crimes and establishing justice and when the parties are not afraid of distancing themselves from crimes”, he said while also recalling the adoption of the Resolution on Srebrenica in the Assembly of Kosovo.
Saying that the genocide in Bosnia did not happen from the inside but from the outside, he emphasized that Serbia is responsible for the crimes committed.
The MP of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Shemsedin Mehmetovic, said that if the entire democratic world will pay homage against the genocide, it will be Serbia that will not do such a thing. He said that Serbia’s policy is to never recognize Kosovo.
The MP of Bosnia and Herzegovina also said that internationals should investigate the genocidal crimes in Srebrenica and punish the criminals.
Whereas the Deputy Prime Minister Emilija Rexhepi said that it is everyone’s duty to commemorate the Srebrenica Massacre, so that the truth and nations are not lost.
“Srebrenica is the planned disappearance of a people. It is our yesterday, today, and tomorrow”, she said.
Otherwise, yesterday the MPs of the Assembly of Kosovo commemorated the victims of the Srebrenica Massacre that happened 28 years ago in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The people’s elected officials kept a minute of silence in their honor, until they also placed some green handkerchiefs on their seats that symbolize the innocence of the victims.