Dacic: Many understood that the resolution on Srebrenica is not about crimes, but about politicization

Ivica Dacic / Photo: EPA-EFE/ROMAN PILIPEY

The Vice President of the Government of Serbia and Minister of the Interior Ivica Dacic assessed that many countries understood that it was not about crimes at all, nor about concern for Muslims or Bosniaks, but that it was about politicizing the issue.

During the voting of the resolution on Srebrenica in the UN General Assembly, many countries realized that it was not about crimes at all, nor about concern for Muslims or Bosniaks, but that it was about politicizing the issue, said the Vice-President of the Government of Serbia and Minister for internal affairs Ivica Dacic, in a statement for RTS.

Dacic said that he thinks that during the vote on the resolution for Srebrenica on Thursday, the nature of the crime was the least voted on.

– That is the essence of why there are so few votes for the resolution. When I say so small, I mean the number they expected. They dealt with the fact that they already secured two-thirds of those who would vote for, which may have been true at times until Serbia joined the whole action - said Dacic.

He assessed that many countries understood that it was not about crimes at all, nor about concern for Muslims or Bosniaks, but that it was about politicizing the issue.

– It is about the need for the West to vote for this resolution on its own, because the West needs it. Neither Muslims, nor Serbs, nor Croats need this. The West needs such resolutions to justify its actions in the 1990s in our region, to justify the aggression in 1999, to say that the Serbs are the main culprits for the breakup of Yugoslavia and the main criminals - said the vice-prime minister.

When asked why this is happening now, almost 30 years later, Dacic replied that they failed to enter it into the legal archive of the United Nations, because they tried to do it through the Security Council and failed.

– Russia put a veto and that's why they went to the UN General Assembly so you don't have the right to veto. Also, this point is defined as a culture of peace. So, it is not an item that would be voted on with a two-thirds majority, but with a simple majority - Dacic said.

"The resolution in Srebrenica is illegal in two cases"

As Dacic assessed, the resolution for Srebrenica is illegal in two cases.

- Because first, there is no legitimacy or legality of Bosnia and Herzegovina, because the Presidency did not make that decision. And the second question is that the General Assembly has no right to put on the agenda something that is on the agenda of the Security Council without the approval of the Security Council, and last week there was a session of the Security Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina - stressed Dacic.

He added that he thinks that most countries understood that it was a political resolution aimed at punishing Serbia, that is, to warn that a foreign policy must be pursued that would be in line with the interests of Western countries.

- The main conclusion is that we should respect the countries that voted against this resolution and, if I can give a clear message to those in our country who are in favor of following Western policy, i.e. for tightening the sanctions against the Russian Federation and China, let's say that this is a slap in the face to them. Why? Because I don't think they should ever address that topic again, because if those countries didn't vote for us, and if we lead a policy of arguing and imposing sanctions with Nicaragua, Venezuela, Belarus, Russia, China, Syria and all the rest, we would have one vote, and the question is whether we would have it, whether our authorities would vote for the interests of Serbia - stressed Dacic.

Speaking about the votes of the European countries, the Deputy Prime Minister said that it shows where the main directions and centers of Serbia's foreign policy are and that it is impossible to convince Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States to vote for our interests, but that we must work with countries that are not the focus of western interests.

– This means that we have to be devoted to them, and it also means that we have to be their friends, not now that we've finished this, planning what we're going to do against North Korea, as if North Korea is our enemy, and that voted for us - said Dacic.

He pointed out that nothing can be done against the countries that voted for the resolution and reminded that only ten countries voted for the American resolution to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

- The USA threatened everyone in turn that this would affect their bilateral relations, but they did not want people to vote for that proposal and now little Serbia managed to get a significant number of votes, whether they were votes against or abstentions . Because if you look at 84 countries out of 193, you should see that the majority of countries did not join this resolution - said Ivica Dacic.


He pointed out that the relations with the countries that voted "for" cannot be terminated, but should be recorded.

- There will be a new vote tomorrow. For example, it will be Kosovo's turn. With the fact that I consider that this topic that was is incomparable to any other - said Dacic.

"The scope of the resolution will be smaller than expected, as it was not adopted by consensus"


He emphasized that since the resolution was not adopted by consensus and by an absolute majority, its scope will be significantly smaller than expected.

- Imagine what an irony it is for the Serbs, that the Germans and the Turks were the main creators of the text of that resolution. And now, you know, it is so hypocritical for our people, for someone who killed you and committed genocide and ethnic cleansing for centuries, to now give you political and moral lectures about all that - said Dacic.

He added that the Germans recognized the Holocaust because they were defeated.

- They admitted when Stalin entered Berlin. They did, and everyone would admit it. When Hitler committed suicide. And the Croats fought even when Hitler killed himself. They still believed in Nazism - said Dacic.

He pointed out that such decisions are not legally binding and that the effects regarding that day and event will be limited due to the number of votes.

– It has indirect effects in terms of causing division in the region, causing various actions that have yet to follow. As you heard from the Bosniaks, that is, from the Muslims and their politicians, many of them already think that they could start some re-lawsuits, revisions of those lawsuits. The last time they tried to review the lawsuit before the International Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice rejected it because they did not have legal identification, because they did not have the decision of the Presidency, and they will not have it now either - said Dacic.

Dacic stated that there are attempts to revise the Dayton agreement and that this also applies to the Croats and that the Serbs and the Croats have similar problems with the Muslim factor that wants to be dominant and that wants BiH to be a unitary state.

- Everything that is in accordance with the Dayton Agreement and that is part of the agreement of all three nations is acceptable for Serbia.

Finally, he asked, if there was genocide in Srebrenica, what word should be used for Jasenovac.

- If it is a genocide that deserves to be in the resolution of the General Assembly, why does it not deserve a genocide in which 50 times more people died - said Ivica Dacic.




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