Bosnia’s Foreign Minister, victims associations and other officials welcomed the decision of Montenegro’s Parliament to adopt the Resolution on the Genocide in Srebrenica on Thursday evening, saying that it represents a “historic step” and contributes to regional stability.
The Parliament of Montenegro adopted the Resolution on the Genocide in Srebrenica on Thursday evening with 55 MPs voting in favour, 19 against, and six abstaining.
According to the Resolution, proposed by the Bosniak Party in the country, Montenegro will declare July 11 a day of mourning and remembrance for the victims of the 1995 genocide that took place in the eastern Bosnian town and the Parliament will condemn any public denial of the genocide.
The Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa Enclaves association visited Montenegro and met with several officials, including President Milo Djukanovic, ahead of the vote.
“Thank you friends!” the association posted on Twitter following the outcome.
Former Srebrenica mayor, Camil Durakovic, welcomed the vote as well.
“This is the civilizational triumph of Montenegro.,” he told N1.
“I am proud that Montenegro has remained on the course of civilization of all normal countries in the world,” Durakovic said.
Bosnia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bisera Turkovic, said that the adoption of the Resolution represents a “historic step” for Montenegro, “but also a big step towards reconciliation, regional stability and a strong impetus for the fight for truth and justice.”
Turkovic congratulated Montenegro for the “just and responsible action.”
“It is high time for the denial of genocide and the celebration of war crimes to be condemned and banned in BiH as well. This is a confirmation that confronting the truth and internationally recognized judgments is not a question of nation or ethnicity, but of humanity, commitment to justice, peace and the common good,” she commented.
According to Montenegro’s former Prime Minister who now serves as an MP in the country, Dusko Markovic, adopting the Resolution was “not only a political, but also a personal and moral obligation towards the victims, their families and the Bosniak people.”
Montenegro’s Parliament also voted to dismiss Minister of Justice and Human and Minority Rights in the Government of Montenegro, Vladimir Leposavic, over his controversial recent statements in which he questioned whether the Srebrenica Genocide took place.
Leposavic said in March that he is ready to recognize that genocide was committed in Srebrenica “when it gets proven unequivocally.”
He argued that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which ruled that the 1995 genocide took place, has “lost its legitimacy.”
On Wednesday, he said that he never denied the Srebrenica Genocide and that the accusation is the result of a “campaign of lies.”
He was dismissed with 43 votes in favour, 27 against and 10 MPs abstaining.