Monday, August 26, 2013

Dodik: It is high time NATO told truth about Markale

2013 5:34:00 PM
BANJA LUKA - Republika Srpska (RS) President Milorad Dodik has said that it is high time NATO presented to the local and international public the real truth about the crime which took place at Sarajevo's green market Markale instead of “the truth created for the purposes of certain political centers of power.” First of all, it is necessary because the painful Markale crime, which has not been resolved but was nevertheless attributed to Serbs, was the motive for the NATO bombing of the RS and Serbia and for the sanctions against the RS, a huge detriment to us which made us suffer unforeseeable consequences, media outlets in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) cited Dodik as saying. The Markale incident took place on February 5, 1994, when mortar projectiles killed 66 and wounded more than 100 people. 

The RS forces were accused of the crime right after it occurred, but the RS has denied responsibility, claiming that it was impossible to shell Markale from the RS forces' positions around Sarajevo. Dodik said that Sarajevo's official version of the Markale crime is not a product of an investigation based on generally accepted standards, but it has very much influenced the creation of a negative image of the Serbs and the RS, a distorted picture of the nature of the war in Bosnia and a draconian judgment against the Serbs, who were labeled as criminals for many wrongdoings that they did not commit. “Doubts were once voiced by UNPROFOR General Lewis MacKenzie, and as time goes on, more and more doubts have been appearing over the Sarajevo version of the Markale incident. 

One of them is a statement made by Ola Tunander, professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo in Norway, which indicates that NATO knew that it were Alija Izetbegovic's forces that were responsible for the shelling of the Markale green market,” the RS president said. Dodik said that his doubts over the truthfulness of the report made in Sarajevo are corroborated by a number of reports from many ballistic experts, which he has seen and which also express serious doubts about the story according to which the Serbs were responsible for the Markale crime. 

 Dodik said that the RS is not going to take the blame based on unproven truths. “If everyone cares about truth and justice, and if they all swear by it, why then NATO does not allow us to get to the real truth and present to the public their findings on Markale?” the President of the RS asked. He added that NATO can only regain trust if it shows neutrality in connection with the events of the last war. Photo Tanjug, Z. Zestic

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