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KONJIC, July 12 /SRNA/ - Milorad Dodik, the Chairman and Serb member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency, stated Friday there can be no excuse for the criminals who “stained their hands with children’s blood” and that the crime against the Golubović family, the boys Petar and Pavle who were killed together with their parents in Konjic in 1992, must not be forgotten.


Speaking as the protector of the renovated church of Sts Peter and Paul the Apostles in the Konjic village of Borci on Friday, Dodik said that Petar Golubović would have been 34 today and his brother Pavle two years younger, and that they would probably have attended the consecration of the church dedicated to Peter and Paul the Apostles had the evil people of the horrible times not decided differently.

"How can a child be guilty or be a target? What kind of a person chooses a child as a target and who can execute two little boys, one of them two times even, and who is capable of such hatred against children?” asked the BiH Presidency Chairman.

Quoting the late Patriarch Pavle: “When a man is killed, life ends, and when a child is killed, the whole world dies,” Dodik pointed out that the same thing happened in Konjic in the early stages of the breakup of Yugoslavia, and that the official ideology of Alija Izetbegović and his police units was to commit a brutal crime against the Golubović family.

"Like other peoples, some among us have committed the same crimes against children. We have never backed those people. May everyone who ever killed a child be damned the same,” said Dodik.

The renovation of the church which carries the same name as the killed boys is a link to the historical suffering of Serbs, he said.

Dodik noted that every Serb in the world and all good people among other nations had to hear about the crime against the Golubović family. He mentioned the Konjic native Anis Kosovac, who installed a memorial plaque in honour of the killed boys at the entrance to the Orthodox cemetery in Konjic and thus did much more than the local authorities since the Dayton Peace Agreement have, and suggested that Serbs had to express their gratitude to Kosovac for his kind deed.

Dodik asked Bosniak politicians if they too were willing to say may anyone who killed a child, whether it was Croat, Bosniak or Serb, be damned the same like the Bosniak or Croat who did it.

He also asked Bosniak politicians why they thought their white headscarves were sadder than the Serb black ones.

Many people in BiH were killed but oftentimes certain tricks are made as there are attempts to impose a policy on Serbs that until 1993, the victims were only Bosniaks, he pointed out.

He said he had been on Mount Kozara on Thursday night, where in 1941 of the total of 1000 residents of a village 536 Serbs were killed without a single bullet fired, including 263 boys and girls, from new-born babies to 17-year-olds.

"Strangely enough, there we consecrated a church also dedicated to Peter and Paul the Apostles. There I got a gift - an icon handed to me personally, and I brought it here to this church to stand as a link between our suffering on Mount Kozara and here in Herzegovina,” added Dodik.

He recalled that the former regime had claimed that the Serbs killed from Kozara to Herzegovina, in Jasenovac, on the Island of Pag, and at Jadovno were victims of fascism.

"Of course they were, but they were primarily the Serbs who were killed by their neighbours in the Independent State of Croatia which was killing large numbers of Serbs to execute a policy – to kill one third of the Serbs, slaughter one third and convert one third into Catholicism. At the time, Serbs did not have their own state here. Today they do - Republika Srpska is our state," said Dodik.

According to him, Serbs realised through history that their freedom depended on them having a state.

"That’s why it is important that today Republika Srpska is a place of assembly and promotion of peace for all people regardless of their religion or ethnicity. Republika Srpska is the one that respects legality and loyalty and is prepared to provide all benefits of life to anyone who perceives it like that,” said Dodik.

The church at Borci, which was declared a BiH national monument in 2006, was preserved and under the Serb control until the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement but it was devastated after the Serb army and people retreated from the area when the peace treaty was adopted.

The local residents who stayed there the whole time, Đuro Simić and Neđo Simić, repaired the church just so it would not be affected by rain or wind while service was conducted inside.

Before the war, Konjic had around 7,000 Serbs and today it only has a little under 300. Now, only a few Serb families live in the village of Borci. /end/dš