OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SERBS DENY GENOCIDE
According to B92, only "20.6 percent of Serbia’s citizens" would support the declaration with which Serbian parliament would condemn the 1995 Genocide against the Bosniaks at Srebrenica.
PHOTO: Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia regularly celebrate war criminals. The photo shows people posing with a life-size picture of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in the centre of Banja Luka, which has been put up to commemorate St. Arhangel Mihailo's Day - patron saint of Karadzic's family.
The figure of "20.6 percent of Serbia's citizens" also includes non-Serb citizens of Serbia who took part in this opinion poll. So, the real percentage of Serbs who would support Serbia's recognition of the Srebrenica Genocide is even lower.
To make things even worse, B92 reports that "as many as 55.2 percent of those polled believe that the crime committed in Srebrenica was 'maliciously blown out of proportions by our enemies and media'." The 1995 Srebrenica Genocide lasted several days and ended in the ethnic cleansing of 30,000 and summary executions of at least 8,100 Bosniaks.
From 1992-1995 Serbs from heavily militarized villages around Srebrenica had forced approximately 40,000 Bosnian Muslim refugees to live in the Srebrenica ghetto with little or no means of survival. By Winter 1992/93, the number of Bosniak refugees increased to 80,000.
Serb Army stationed around Srebrenica never demilitarized, even though they were required to do so under the 1993 demilitarization agreements. Furthermore, Serbs around Srebrenica constantly attacked neighbouring Bosnian Muslim villages, frequently bombarding them from air and with Serbian airplanes. More than 400 Bosnian Muslim villages were destroyed around Srebrenica in 1992 with at least 11,000 Bosniaks killed in Podrinje (the Drina Valley region encompassing Srebrenica).
In July 1995 the Bosnian Serb army - with logistical and military support from Serbia - staged a brutal takeover of Srebrenica and its surrounding area, where they proceeded to perpetrate genocide. Bosnian Serb soldiers and paramilitary groups separated Bosniak families, forcibly expelled 30,000 Bosniaks, and summarily executed more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys.
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Parliament of Serbia Mulls Srebrenica Resolution