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Bosnian Serb Republic considering request to Russia to veto UN resolution on Srebrenica

June 16, 2015, 5:47 UTC+3 BELGRADE
The Bosnian civil war of 1992-1995 claimed the lives of about 100,000 people
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BELGRADE, June 16. /TASS/. President of Bosnia’s Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik, has made public his intention to ask Russia to veto a resolution of the UN Security Council on Srebrenica.

He said he was going to ask Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the motion at a personal meeting in St Petersburg on June 18, since he believes the endorsement of this resolution would bring about a further escalation of tensions in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

"It’s clear there’ll never be a unified position on the document in Bosnia, since this document aims at politicizing the tragedy and imposing a quasi-truth about the sufferings in Srebrenica," Tanjug news agency quoted Dodik’s interview with a local newspaper that is to be published on Tuesday.

"If we really seek reconciliation, why not mentioning the 3,500 Serbs slain by Naser Oric and his people in near Srebrenica," he said.

Dodik also raised questions about the provision of the resolution on "denouncing the denial of genocide", which pursued the goal of forcing the incumbent and future Serb politicians to offer apologies again.

At Britain’s initiative, the draft resolution on Srebrenica is to be considered by the UN Security Council on July 7, or four days before the 20th anniversary since the tragic events in that Bosnian town, where Bosnian Serb units allegedly killed about 8,000 local male Moslems.

A number of Serbian media obtained the text of the resolution before its official publication. Politika newspaper said the text contained the word ‘genocide’ 35 time and the word ‘reconciliation’, only three times

International judiciary agencies qualified the events in Srebrenica as genocide for the first time on April 19, 2004, when the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague indicted General Radislav Krstic.

On February 26, 2007, the International Court of Justice also passed a ruling that qualified the events in Srebrenica as genocide.

The Bosnian civil war of 1992-1995 claimed the lives of about 100,000 people.

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