Bos­nia to ap­peal UN court ruling clear­ing Ser­bia of geno­cide

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

SARA­JEVO, Bos­nia — Bos­nia will ask the United Na­tion’s top court to re­con­sider its 2007 ruling that cleared Ser­bia of geno­cide dur­ing Bos­nia’s 1992-95 war. Bakir Izetbe­govic, Mus­lim Bos­niak mem­ber of the county’s tri­par­tite pres­i­dency, an­nounced Fri­day the re­quest will be sub­mit­ted be­fore Feb. 26, when the dead­line for ap­peal­ing ex­pires. The ap­peal will be ini­ti­ated de­spite a lack of con­sent from his Croat and Serb coun­ter­parts in the pres­i­dency.

The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to plunge Bos­nia into a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, as Bos­nian Serb leg­is­la­tors plan to boy­cott par­lia­ment to show their op­po­si­tion. How­ever, Izetbe­govic in­sists no new ap­proval is re­quired, as Bos­nia’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the case will sim­ply sub­mit an ap­peal.

The UN court ruled in 2007 that a 1995 mas­sacre in the Bos­nian city of Sre­brenica of 8,000 Mus­lims by Bos­nian Serbs was geno­cide, but it cleared Ser­bia of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the killings. It did say, how­ever, that Ser­bia was re­spon­si­ble for fail­ing to pre­vent the slaughter.

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