Haris Silajdzic, member of the three-party Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Monday said the international community's silence to the ruling of the International Court of Justice regarding the genocide committed by Serbs against Bosnian Muslims sends a "dangerous message" to victims.
"We cannot expect the peace and stability to take hold in Bosnia unless the minimum of justice is served, those who are responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against Humanity are caught and brought to justice," Silajdzic told a number of reporters.
He recalled that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), "not an NGO", officially ruled last February that there was genocide in Bosnia in the mid nineties when 140,000 to 200,000 Muslims were killed.
He said it is true that the court absolved Serbia from direct responsibility and found it guilty and in breach of the genocide convention because of non prevention and non punishment of the perpetrators.
"What is strange is the fact that this is the first time that this court has ruled on genocide in history and there is a total silence. And I don't think it is a very good message," he said, especially that the perpetrators have been found and they are the institutions of one entity in Bosnia called the republic of Serbs created on the cleansed territory.
The presidency is made of a Serb, a Croat and a Bosnian. They rotate the presidency for eight months.
"I find it very strange that the genocide and the verdict have been hushed up generally," he said, adding that the danger lies in the fact that the message is you can kill your neighbour and get away with it.
The victims, he said, are saying the world is silent because we are Muslims.
"Where does that lead?" he wondered. "That leads to frustration and frustration leads to radicalization; that is why it is a dangerous message." He said he will share his thoughts with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when he sees later in the day on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of country's membership to the UN.
He said the Bosnian Muslims proved their civility during the most difficult times because they never retaliated.
"Here is a population that should be respected for that, but if you play with their emotions to the extent that you humiliate them by saying forget about it, then they may react," he warned.
Asked whether it is double standard by the UN ignoring the genocide in Bosnia and commemorating the Holocaust annually, Silajdzic said "of course it is double standard."
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