The Sarajevo City Council has adopted on Wednesday a decision to erect a monument for the mostly ethnic Serb civilian victims of the wartime Kazani Pit Killings.
With 20 votes in favour, one against and four abstentions, the Council supported the proposal submitted by mayor, Benjamina Karic, for the inscription on the monument which will contain the names of all identified victims.
“The memorial will finally be erected and will serve in honour of all of us, all Sarajevans and all Bosnians and Herzegovinians,” Karic said after the vote.
In an interview with N1 on Wednesday morning, the head of an association of wartime police officers in Sarajevo, Dragan Miokovic, welcomed the initiative.
“Kazani was a bloodstain on the honourable defence of Sarajevo, and it is something that every civilized person, especially those who were in Sarajevo during the siege and defended it, must condemn,” the head of the Union of Police Associations ‘91 -‘95 KS told N1.
He praised the Sarajevo city administration, saying he was himself a witness to what happened at the Kazani site.
“My opinion is that if we confirm the court verdict that a crime was committed in Kazani and carve it in stone, that it is something that will distance us even more from it,” Miokovic said.