The Srebrenica Memorial Centre on Monday published a collection of documents entitled Genocide Transcripts, which prove that Bosnian Serb authorities planned to split up Bosnia and Herzegovina, that ethnic cleansing was implemented and mass war crimes were committed.
The transcripts also indicate that Ratko Mladić, commander of the Serb army in the war in BiH and now awaiting his verdict before the Hague tribunal, then warned that achieving this objective would not be possible without committing genocide.
“We cannot clean the country or have a sieve so that only Serbs remain and for the rest to leave…I don’t know how (Momčilo) Krajišnik and (Radovan) Karadžić will explain that to the world. That’s genocide,” Mladić said at the time. The documents also show the Serbs’ war policy towards Bosniaks. “We don’t accept that artificial nation. We believe that Muslims are a sect, a group that is inclined towards Turkey,” said Krajišnik in one of the transcripts.
In October 1995, Karadžić directly confirmed that he supported a plan to occupy Srebrenica and Žepa, two Bosnian Muslim enclaves, when the genocide was committed. “As supreme commander, I endorsed the plan for Žepa and Srebrenica,” said Karadžić, adding that he approved a “radical task” in that operation and did not regret doing so.
The Genocide Transcripts can be read through an app created by young experts, which will be offered to universities and civil society organisations in the region as well as media outlets.
(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)