Friday, March 7, 2008


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (March 7,2008) – The Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic, said Bosnia is still waiting for an apology for crimes committed by Montenegro during the 1992-1995 Montnegrin aggression against Bosnia.

Referring to the 1992-1995 Serbian,Montenegrin and Croatian aggressions against Bosnia, President Silajdzic said that “Bosnian citizens expect it and that it would be good for relations between the two countries.”

He called on Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic to apologise on behalf of his country.

“Human dignity of Bosnian citizens was desecrated and such a gesture would help heal the wounds, most of all the emotional ones,” Montenegrin daily Vijesti quoted the Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic as saying.

President Silajdzic added that Bosnia “first of all expects an apology from Belgrade. That has not come yet.”

President Silajdzic said that the Montenegrin apology to Bosnia would be a logical step after the country had apologised to Croatia for the participation of Montenegrin soldiers in the Belgrade-controlled Yugoslav army, which helped rebel Serbs in Croatia take control of almost 25 percent of the Croatian territory in 1991. Croatia reclaimed the land in 1995.

But the President of Montenegro stated in an interview to the “Teuta” TV station from Ulcinj,Montenegro, that he will not apologise to Bosnia again,because he “presented the attitude on the issue in 2004, during my visit to Bosnia”.

”I then expressed regrets over the tragedy that occurred in Bosnia and which took many a life, caused devastation and many other consequences”, Vijanovic said.

He added that he expressed his tribute to the victims “condemned the war crimes and war criminals and emphasized that it is necessary that they are punished”.

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