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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B8-0716/2015

to wind up the debate on the statement by the President

pursuant to Rule 123(2) of the Rules of Procedure

on the Srebrenica commemoration (2015/2747(RSP))

Cristian Dan Preda, Andrej Plenković, Eduard Kukan, Davor Ivo Stier, Dubravka Šuica, Ivana Maletić, Marijana Petir on behalf of the PPE Group

European Parliament resolution on the Srebrenica commemoration (2015/2747(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to its resolutions of 7 July 2005(1) and of 15 January 2009(2) on Srebrenica,

–       having regard to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), of the other part, which was signed in Luxembourg on 16 June 2008 and entered into force on 1 June 2015,

–       having regard to the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of the European Convention of Human Rights and of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, recognising the right of everyone to life, liberty and security of person and to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,

–       having regard to Rule 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas 20 years ago, in July 1995, the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, which was at that time an isolated enclave proclaimed a Protected Zone by a United Nations Security Council Resolution of 16 April 1993, fell into the hands of Serbian militias led by General Ratko Mladić and under the direction of the then President of the Republika Srpska, Radovan Karadžić;

B.     whereas, during several days of carnage after the fall of Srebrenica, more than 8 000 Muslim men and boys, who had sought safety in this area under the protection of the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR), were summarily executed by Bosnian Serb forces commanded by General Mladić and by paramilitary units, including Serbian irregular police units which had entered Bosnian territory from Serbia; whereas nearly 30 000 women, children and elderly people were forcibly deported, making this event the biggest war crime to take place in Europe since the end of the Second World War;

C.     whereas, in spite of the efforts made to discover and exhume mass and individual graves, the bodies of nearly 1 200 men and boys from Srebrenica have not yet been located and identified;

D.     whereas the tragic events of Srebrenica left deep emotional scars on the survivors and created enduring obstacles to political reconciliation among ethnic groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH);

E.     whereas the Srebrenica massacre was recognised as genocide both by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the International Court of Justice (ICJ);

F.     whereas the European Union’s aim is to promote peace, and whereas reconciliation is at the heart of the European integration process;

1.      Commemorates and honours all the victims and expresses its condolences to and solidarity with the families of the victims, many of whom are living without final confirmation of the fate of their relatives;

2.      Condemns in the strongest possible terms the genocide in Srebrenica; solemnly declares that such horrendous crimes must never happen again and states that it will do everything in its power to prevent such acts from happening; opposes any denial and relativisation of the genocide;

3.      Stresses therefore that the prevention and effective punishment of genocides and crimes against humanity should remain one of the main priorities of the European Union and the international community;

4.      Underlines the immense importance of reconciliation for the future of the region; stresses the importance of the work done by the ICTY in this direction; reiterates that greater attention needs to be paid to war crimes trials at domestic level;

5.      Calls on all citizens of BiH to use the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre as an opportunity to enhance reconciliation and cooperation, which are key prerequisites for all the countries of the region to move forward on their European path;

6:      Encourages the BiH authorities to take the lead in honouring the victims and helping society acknowledge and come to terms with the terrible crimes committed in and around Srebrenica;

7.      Stresses the importance of objective media coverage and fact-based educational programmes on Srebrenica throughout BiH for dealing with the past and overcoming the tensions;

8.      Believes that regional cooperation and the European integration process are the best way to overcome hatred and divisions; reiterates the EU’s commitment to the European perspective of BiH and all Western Balkan countries;

9.      Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, the Government and Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its entities, and the governments and parliaments of the Western Balkan countries.



OJ C 157 E, 6.7.2006, p. 468.


OJ C 46 E, 24.2.2010, p. 111.

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