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Memorial of executioners, not civilians

Mustafa Öztürk - Anadolu Agency

When it comes to a memorial or object of sad memories, it is understood these are innocent deceased, civilian victims of war and massacre. In the world, it’s like that. However, in this case, the public was deceived, and there is no talk of civilians either. We have come to this by analyzing the war documentats of various commands and staffs of the Army of BiH. We have come to convincing evidence that this is a memorial of the executioners, not the victims, Ivanišević pointed out


Renowned Serb historian and researcher Milivoje Ivanišević has told Srna that the Srebrenica cemetery is a memorial of the executioners, not the victims, and this is the case of ruthless abuse of the dead in the interest of deceiving of living humans.

“This is just an appeal to remove the Memorial Center and the cemetery from the area where they are located. Or, if there is a sincere desire for lasting reconciliation, then the least that must be done is to move at least the identified executioners to a place where only executioners will be”, Ivanišević pointed out.

Ivanišević points out that the failure of the “hunt” for the facts about the alleged “great crime” committed by Serbs could not be understood by the state leadership not only in Sarajevo, but also in many European capitals, and it seems mostly in Washington.

He has added that, after the war, European politicians and High Representatives Carl Bildt, Wolfgang Petritsch, Paddy Ashdown, as well as others have misspent much time in the search for evidence of crimes that did not happen.

Without a great Serb`s crime, Ivanišević has assessed, the engagement of prominent world factors, from the UN, the USA and NATO to The Hague Tribunal, becomes pointless.

When, after five years of searching in vain, they became convinced that it was a futile job, in 2000 the representatives of the international community resorted to a successful alternative, a very good solution, and that is an impressive and representative urban complex.

“That complex should in itself be a proof of genocide and at least obscure, and maybe even replace the facts. The ruthless abuse of the dead in the interest of deceiving of living humans started with that”, Ivanišević pointed out.

He has reminded that in 2003, the Government of the Republika Srpska had paid BAM 4,681,692 for the purchase of land, production hall and other facilities of the former battery plant in Potočari, it was done based on the decision of the High Representative of the International Community, Austrian Wolfgang Petritsch.

“Why did the Government of Srpska pay for that? It is still mysteriously. According to one interpretation, it is a punishment, and according to another interpretation – because the plant was located on the territory of Republika Srpska”, Ivanišević said.


According to Ivanišević, when it comes to a memorial or object of sad memories, it is understood that these are innocent dead, civilian victims of war and massacre.

“In the world, it is like that. However, in this case, the public was deceived, and there is no talk of civilians either. We have come to this knowledge by analyzing the war documentation of various commands and staffs of the Army of BiH” he pointed out.

Ivanišević has mentioned that in his research he paid special attention to Bosniak decisions and decisions on awarded prizes, decorations and extraordinary promotions, which precisely stated the actions in which person concerned stood out and for which was decorated or promoted to a higher rank.

As an illustration, he has cited the document that reads “Proposal with the explanation of the Command of the 28th Division of the Army of BiH for the posthumously awarded of war recognition and decorations to prominent soldiers, and among other decorations and the decoration` Golden Lily` “No. p. 04-16/95, March 30, 1995.

Ivanišević added that he has compared those names with the names buried in the Memorial Center and, then, with his database of Serb victims in BiH.

“That is how we got the convincing evidence that it is a memorial to executioners, not victims”, Ivanišević emphasized and presented several pieces of evidence that confirm his thesis.

According to him, members of the Main Staff of the 8th Operational Group of the Army of BiH Sadik Sulejmanović, Bego Tihić, Ševket Đozić, Nedžib Habibović, Osman Osmanović, Hamed Alić, Amir Rizvanović, Senahid Tabaković, Zulfo /Munib/ Halilović i Ahmo /Mujo/ Tihić died there during the war, posthumously awarded and promoted to higher ranks.

Apart from them, commanders of lower ranks Hamdija Hasanović, Nedžib Habibović, Hajrudin Malagić, Mustafa Stočević and Mehmed Malić were decorated for numerous massacres.

In the description of the merits for which they were decorated, each of them individually writes about their participation in armed actions against a dozen Serb settlements, in which 389 Serbs were killed.

These are the villages of Gniona, Blječevo, Osredak, Viogor, Bibići, Orahovica, Oparci, Obadi and Špat, Ratkovići, Brežane, Zalazje, Špat, Sase, Ježestica, Podravanje, Fakovići, Kamenica, Loznica, Bjelovac, Sikirić, Kravica and Šiljkovići, Brana Bačići, Skolani, Kostolomci, Ćosići, Bižići, Žabokvica.

Ivanišević has stated that Ibran /Ibro/ Muratović, born in 1949 in Bratunac, was buried in the cemetery, and that he was awarded for prominence in the attack to the Blječeva village, Bratunac municipality on May 6, 1992, when old woman Kosana Zekić, born in 1928, was slaughtered and her son Milan, born in 1954, was mortally wounded and old Gojko Jovanović, born in 1917, was killed.

He has stated that Hamdija /Hamed/ Alispahić, born in 1947 in Jaglić, also stood out in the crime, during the attack on the Serb village of Ježestica, Bratunac municipality, on August 8, 1992, and he killed nine locals who were surprised at the grass mowing.

“They had cut off the head of the deceased Anđelko /LJubomir/ Mlađenović, born in 1965, and carried it around Srebrenica”, Ivanišević said.

Ivanišević has asked how it is possible that among the Srebrenica “victims” there are Šukrija Alić, Suljo Bojić, or Began Delić, and not only them who were alive after the war and registered in the voter list in 1996, or Ramo Bektić who, according to records, has passed away on October 27, 1992 – three years before the alleged genocide.

He has assessed that the memorial center can be a permanent memorial complex only if it is dedicated to the killed civilians of this area. Otherwise, it will continue to be “a place of permanent contempt for the families of Serb`s victims and ulcers on the body of Republika Srpska”.

“It was not by mistake that the Jews built their memorial center in Jerusalem and not in Germany where they were killed. Or the Armenians, who died in Turkey and built a monument in Yerevan. Those who killed have monuments, but they have them in their own country”, Ivanišević emphasized.

Ivanišević was among the first civilians who on Saint Peter’s Day, July 12, 1995, entered the liberated Srebrenica where he found no living Serb, either a civilian or a prisoner of war, and that to general astonishment, UN representatives rejected General Ratko Mladić’s request for the UN to assume the care of abandoned Muslim civilians.

Ivanišević is the founder of the Belgrade Institute for Research on Suffering of the Serbs in the 20th Century.

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Source: SRNA

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