Pub­lish­ing of books by Serb war crim­i­nals draws re­buke

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BELGRADE, Ser­bia — A rights group Satur­day sharply crit­i­cized the Ser­bian govern­ment af­ter the de­fense min­istry pub­lished and pro­moted books that in­clude the war mem­o­ries of two for­mer gen­er­als con­victed of war crimes by a U.N. court.

The Youth Ini­tia­tive for Hu­man Rights said in an open let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Ana Brn­abic that the move amounted to open state sup­port for the war crim­i­nals.

The min­istry re­jected the crit­i­cism in a state­ment, in­sist­ing that the gen­er­als have the right to “state their view of the his­toric events that they had par­tic­i­pated in.”

Ser­bia’s de­fense min­istry is pre­sent­ing the two ex-gen­er­als’ war tes­ti­monies at the Belgrade Book Fair this week. The books are part of a sev­en­book edi­tion that fo­cuses on the 78-day NATO bomb­ing in 1999

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