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English20/02/2020

KOJIĆ: UNIDENTIFIED MORTAL REMAINS MUST NOT BE BURIED IN SREBRENICA

 

BANJALUKA, FEBRUARY 20 /SRNA/ - Head of the Republika Srpska Research Centre of War, War Crimes and Tracing Missing Persons, Milorad Kojić, told SRNA today that burying unidentified bodies in the Potočari Memorial Centre, announced by a Bosniak member of the Board of Directors of the BiH Missing Persons Institute, Amor Mašović, was unacceptable.

 

"They must not do this, but in case it happens, we will take countermeasures. It is unacceptable to bury unidentified bodies in the Potočari Memorial Centre. If the mortal remains are unidentified, we do not know either their ethnic background or religion, or to which people these persons belonged," Kojić emphasized.

Kojić stressed that it was not humane for a Serb to be buried according to Muslim religious practices and to have a Muslim religious sign on the grave.

"Victims and their families cannot be treated this way. This opens up the possibility of manipulation. It is obvious that Bosniaks no longer hesitate to speak publicly about manipulations related to the war and missing persons, which are especially present and visible at the Potočari Memorial Centre and Srebrenica," Kojić pointed out.

He requires Serb representatives at the Board of Directors and the Managing Board of the BiH Missing Persons Institute not to allow the burial of unidentified mortal remains, as well as the intervention of the international community, which should, at least, condemn Mašović's attempt to do so.

Kojić recalled that there were 635 unidentified bodies in the three memorial ossuaries in Republika Srpska, while it was earlier found that one of them contained the remains of Bosniaks who were handed over to their families after identification in order to be buried in accordance with their religious customs.

"The families of missing persons and we requested that unidentified bodies, which were buried in Visoko cemetery, be excavated so that they could be sampled again for analysis and be part of an audit carried out at the memorial ossuaries and mortuaries, within which, in many cases, mortal remains have been differently identified. The goal is to identify properly these people in order to hand the mortal remains over to the families – regardless of the ethnic background," Kojić said.

According to him, Bosniaks are steadily running away from it as they are manipulating missing persons, the missing persons searching process, the Central Registry of Missing Persons and now unidentified persons.

"Obviously, they do so with the intent of reaching the number of victims in Srebrenica that was imposed before the persons were identified. There is one figure on the memorial in Potočari, while the number of identified mortal remains is actually significantly smaller. The question is what people these remains belong to and how many are there, since many situations included only body parts," Kojić said.

A Bosniak member of the Board of Directors of the Missing Persons Institute of BiH, Amor Mašović, announced that on July 11, 82 unidentified mortal remains will be buried in Potočari outside Srebrenica.

Associations gathering Serb victims demand that Mašović's intent be thwarted due to a justifiable fear and suspicion that it is about Serb victims. /end/vos