Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Serbia Is Coming To Terms With It's Past

More than 600 coffins with remains of victims of Srebrenica massacre wait for the funeral in a factory hall in Potocari. Photo: Reuters

Serbia Condemns 1995 Srebrenica Massacre Of 8,000 Muslim Men And Boys -- Times Online

Serbia took a significant step towards a future in the European Union when its MPs last night endorsed a landmark declaration condemning the massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995.

While stopping short of using the term genocide, the statement recognised that Serbia failed to prevent the killings carried out by its forces after seizing the UN safe haven in the ethnic conflict that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia.

The declaration was driven by Boris Tadic, Serbia’s pro-EU President but opposed by nationalists who warned it would “turn Serbia into an eternal villain”.

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My Comment: The focus is on Serbia, but the Croats and Bosnian Muslims also committed atrocities and mass murder in the Yugoslav civil war.

Realistically .... it is going to take decades (if not a century or two) before the bitterness and hate that was generated by this war dissipates .... but willing to atone is a start and Serbia is rightfully making the first move.

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