On May 30, Serbian Weekly (Semanario Serbio) shall organize a Conference in Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, entitled Srebrenica – Ciudad sin Dios ( ‘Srebrenica – Godless city ” ), dedicated entirely to the globally ’known’ facts about what happened in Srebrenica that were spread by the media worldwide, i.e. ”the worst massacre in Europe after World War II”. There will be presentation of the book with the same title, (Srebrenica – Ciudad sin Dios) whose copies will be distributed free of charge to the attendees.
The participants are Michel Collon, Belgian writer and journalist (Michale Collon is the author of several books on the civil wars in the ex-Yugoslavia http://www.michelcollon.info/); Eduardo Luis Aguirre, professor of Criminal law and Criminology and Investigator of the Universtity of Pampa, Argentina (http://www.campusapp.com.ar/presentacion/aguirre.html) and Stephen Karganovich, American lawyer of Serbian origin, president of the NGO ’Srebrenica Historical Project’ Hague, Holland (http://www.srebrenica-project.com/). Organized and hosted by Alexander Vuksanović, editor www.semanarioserbio.com.
The goal of this conference is not to reduce the number or the Muslim victims in Srebrenica, but rather to try to stimulate the distancing from the politics and propaganda through the creation of an impartial contextual framework (as much as possible) of the Srebrenica tragedy, that could serve as a real contribution to the future peace, reconciliation and coexistence between the Serbs and the Bosnian Muslims.
In a clear violation of laws and customs of war, in July, 1995 in Srebrenica hundreds of Muslim prisoners were shot. It’s natural that we condemn energetically this terrible massacre and thus express our solidarity with all the victims and their families, regardless their nationality, religion or political ideology. We do not question the crime committed by a group of Serbs, we’ll try to place it in its suitable historical, political and military frame and thus ad a fair legal and moral dimensions to it.
Besides the intention to raise a new debate on Srebrenica where all the involved parties shall participate in order to re-examine the circumstances that surrounded the Srebrenica case, our goal is also to open the debate on the Serbian victims that were completely ignored even though not less numerous than the Muslim ones, and whose villages surrounding the ”protected and demilitarized” enclave remain even today, almost 18 years after the tragic events, – destroyed, despite all the help, both state and international, to the Srebrenica area.
In addition, the debate about the tragedy in Srebrenica shall have another dimension, and that’s media. Looking only for their own beneﬁt, which supposedly brought peace to Bosnia, media remains muted for any discordant voice labeling it “Holocaust denier”, and thus giving wings to the radical part of the Bosnian Muslim people who fully rejects any mentioning of Srebrenica that’s less than ‘The Genocide’ as well as mentioning Serb victims.
This is the framework within we today find ourselves and we intend to expand it through this Conference and the book, hoping that the result of this effort will open the path for dialogue, reconciliation and coexistence between the Serbs and Bosnian Muslims.
Organizer: Semanario Serbio http://www.semanarioserbio.com/descargas/oglas.jpg; translated from Spanish by me.