Serbian president Nikolić apologises to Bosniak people

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, “on behalf of Serbia and Serbian people”, apologised to Bosniak people for the crimes committed in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in July 1995. The army of Bosnian Serbs, according to a ruling by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), killed more than 8000 Bosniaks, mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) also found that the Srebrenica massacre was genocide.

However, in an interview with Bosnian Television (BHT), Nikolić refused to say that genocide occurred in Srebrenica. “I do apologise for the crimes committed by any individual in the name of our country and our people”, Nikolić said.

The BHT reporter insisted that Nikolić had to admit that “everything that happened in Srebrenica had elements of genocide”. Nikolić replied that “everything that happened in the territory of the former Yugoslavia (during the war) had elements of genocide”.

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(Serbian president Tomislav Nikolić Photo UN Photo/Marco Castro)