Wednesday, December 3, 2008


OSLO, Norway (December 3,2008) - The Bosnian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Alkalaj shall lead Bosnian delegation for the signing ceremony of the Convention for Ban of Cluster Ammunition which is to be held in Oslo, Norway, today.

Bosnia with this document obliges itself for a full ban of production, transport, use and storage of cluster ammunition.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (December 3,2008) - Bosnian forensic experts said yesterday they have unearthed about 1,000 skeletal remains of genocide victims in a mass grave in the eastern Bosnian village of Kamenica.

Documents recovered from the grave in this village dubbed "Death Valley" showed the victims were from Srebrenica, Bosnian forensic experts said.

The genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor overran the then U.N.-protected eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia, mass murdering some 10,000 Bosnian civilians in Europe’s single worst atrocity since World War II.

The genocide victims were initially buried in a dozen mass graves. But after the release of satellite pictures showing large portions of freshly disturbed ground, the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor moved them to other locations in order to cover up the crimes.

The body parts of the genocide victims were separated during reburial using bulldozers, and forensic experts have sometimes found parts of a single person buried in three different so-called secondary graves.

"Almost 90 percent of all remains had traces of bullet shots and some victims were blindfolded with rope-tied hands," said Vedo Tuco, standing on the edge of a muddy grave where white-clad forensic pathologists marked and cleaned up bones.

Experts had hoped to complete the exhumations Wednesday but say the work which started two months ago will finish next week.

Tuco said some of the remains were of 14-to-15-year-old boys. The genocide victims were mass murdered at three locations near Srebrenica and transferred to the village of Kamenica from the original graves three months after the execution, he added.

"There is a complete chaos in this mass grave. Some of the remains that we found here will probably be re-associated with the bodies that we had exhumed from other mass graves discovered in this village," Tuco said.

There are 12 mass graves in a strip of land about 7-km (four miles) long, located beside the sole road in this remote and almost deserted village, mainly on Muslim land. Mass graves unearthed earlier yielded around 3,000 body parts of the genocide victims.

"They probably thought that nobody would ever return here and discover the crime," Tuco said. He said another mass grave has been located in the village but digging will likely start in the spring because of bad winter weather.

About 5,800 genocide victims from this part of Bosnia have been identified through DNA analysis but they can be reburied only after 70 percent of the bodily remains have been identified.

"The identification of the bodies we found here will probably take a long time because they are so dismembered and in bad shape," Tuco said.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (December 3,2008) - The Bosnian State Prosecutor has indicted two former members of the genocidal paramilitary fascist formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia (VRS) Serbian war criminals Jovo Jandric, 54, and Slobodan Pekez, 51, for murdering and wounding dozens of Bosnian civilians during the 1992-95 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

"The accused are suspected of taking part in the killings and intentional infliction of physical and psychological pain, physical injuries, and robbery," the Bosnian State Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. "They are suspected of committing war crimes against the civilian population."

Two Serbian war criminals are accused of illegally forcing the Bosnian population out of their homes in a village near the Bosnian town of Jajce in September 1992, detaining Bosnian men, women, and children and taking valuables.

"Then they took them to the place...where they ordered them to get in line by the edge of an abyss...and fired bursts at them from machine guns," the statement said.

Along with other members of the genocidal Serbian fascist aggressor's forces, the two Serbian war criminals murdered 23 Bosnian civilians and wounded several more, the statement added.


SARAJEVO, Bosnia (December 3,2008) - Former commander of the genocidal paramilitary fascist formations of the Serbians living in Bosnia,Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic could face trial at the Hague-based UN war crimes tribunal even after 2011, when the tribunal is scheduled to close, UN judge Fausto Pocar said yesterday.

Addressing a conference on war crimes trials in Belgrade, Pocar said that 2011 did not have to mark the end of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

"The UN Security Council can extend the mandate of the court and I believe that they will do so," said Pocar, who was president of the ICTY until last month.

Serbian war criminal Ratko Mladic has been charged by the ICTY with genocide, extermination, murder, deportation, inhumane acts, and other crimes against Bosnian civilians,committed during the 1992-1995 Serbian aggression against Bosnia.

The ICTY was set up by the UN Security Council in 1993 as a temporary court designed to deal with the atrocities of the Balkan wars.The tribunal is expected to shut down in the next few years.


HOFFENHEIM, Germany (December 3,2008) - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hitman Vedad Ibisevic insists he will stay with the club next season.The 24-year-old has scored 17 goals in 15 games to fire the Bundesliga new team to the top of the table.

That form has reportedly attracted the interest of some of Europe's top clubs, including Bayern Munich and Manchester United, but the Bosnia international claims he will not be moving in the summer.

"The enquiries from other clubs make me a bit proud," Ibisevic, whose contract runs until 2010, told the Bild newspaper.

"But I will definitively stay with Hoffenheim next season," Ibisevic said.