Great powers co-responsible for genocide in Bosnia
As the trial on war crimes charges of General Ratko Mladic finally began today before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) is holding a vigil in front of the court building to recall the responsibility that European powers also bear for the crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
The Society for Threatened Peoples' banners proclaim, "France, Russia, Great Britain and Germany - Guilty Too!" and call for the rapid unification of Bosnia.
"There is no doubt that Serbia, under the leadership of Slobodan Milosevic and Dobrica Cosic, in close cooperation with the establishment of the self-proclaimed Serbian Republic of BiH, is directly responsible for the genocide of Bosnia's Muslims, as well as mass expulsions, rapes and concentration camps,'' said Fadila Memisevic and Tilman Zuelch on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples.
They also added, "The great European powers made the decision on an arms embargo while, at the same time, Serbia and Bosnian-Serbian
troops possessed the entire military industry of Yugoslavia and attacked defenders of Bosnian cities such as Sarajevo. Bihac, Gorazde,
Srebrenica and Zepa had to defend themselves with very weak armament."
"Only thus could Srebrenica happen, and those were critics of the Society for Threatened Peoples even in the time of war."
"Our organization for human rights points that the US also share a responsibility, because the US by the Dayton Accords divided this multiethnic country into two states, and thus cemented the persecution and ethnic cleansing," said the Society for Threatened Peoples.
They are also demanding from the international community, European governments, especially from the member countries of the European Union, but and from the US that they take responsibility for Bosnia and Herzegovina and its impoverished population and to implement a true unification of the country.