A group of political parties in Serbia have submitted a proposal calling for the recognition of the Srebrenica genocide, in hope of reconciling relations between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Factions composed of the Liberal Democratic Party, the Party of Democratic Action of Sandzak, the League of Social Democrats of Vojvodina and The Green Party submitted a resolution which “condemns the genocide in Srebrenica and any denial of genocide, and proclaims July 11 the Day of Remembrance of the Genocide in Srebrenica".
The parties urged parliament to pass the resolution as "a major step towards resolving outstanding issues between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Serbian and Bosniak [Muslim] peoples".
"The recognition of genocide in Srebrenica is a civilised step that Serbia needs [to make] to confirm the seriousness of the intent to build dialogue, cooperation, trust and lasting peace in the region, based on the acceptance of the acts committed in the past, dealing with the past and commitment to justice, support for victims as the basis for strengthening security, stability and prosperity in the region," the resolution added.
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The resolution comes as Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic confirmed that he would not be attending this year’s commemoration of the killings. Last year Mr Vucic and his delegation were forced to leave the event after mourners hurled stones and bottles at the Serbian Prime Minister.