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PISMO CLANOVA MEDJUNARODNOG EKSPERTNOG TIMA IGK GENERALNOM SEKRETARU UN

January 23, 2013

 

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General

 

The United Nations

1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

New York, NY

 

Your Excellency,

 

The Serbian war song and military march known as "March on Drina River", written by Stanislav Binicki arose after the initial success of the Serbian army in the first year of World War I during the battles against the Austro-Hungarian Army.  On 14 September 1914 the Serbian Army, in cooperation with the Montenegrin forces launched an offensive across the Drina River to Sarajevo, Vlasenica and southeastern Bosnia, where they committed the atrocities against Bosniaks.

 

The March on Drina River and the military victory of Kingdom of Serbia on the Balkan front has become a lasting symbol of remembrance for the Serbian people; this fact in itself is not the problem. The problem is based on the fact that the march eventually became a much more complex and sinister symbol just as the river Drina, in the context of relations between Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a mere geographical term. As the expansion of the Serbian state west of the Drina River became a fundamental and strategic goal for Serbian conquest ideology, policy and practice in the early nineteenth century, the song "March on Drina River" became a favorite and mandatory tune of Serbian nationalists in the military and other armed formations after World War I. These Serbian nationalists took part in the realization of the Serbian nationalist ideologies, policies and practices in the periods when the ideological attainment was only possible by military means. Thus the song, inter alia, for the Bosniaks became a clear and unambiguous symbol of crimes of genocide committed against them by the Serbian armed formations, particularly in the Drina valley in both World War II and during the aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995.

 

Therefore, we find the performance of “March on Drina River” – initiated by the Serbian diplomat Vuk Jeremic and performed in the United Nations – completely outrageous. UN is where the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted and putting on the contentious composition symbolizes suffering and genocide for Bosniaks.  Lastly, the International Court of Justice found that the representatives of Serbia are responsible for failing to prevent genocide, which the Serbian forces in the Drina Valley committed to the sound of “March of Drina River” at the end of the twentieth century.

 

We, the Members of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide –Canada trust you will sanction those responsible for this gross insult and put in place mechanisms that will prevent future incidences that severely inflict injury and emotional pain to victims of genocide in the United Nations.

 

Your Excellency, please accept the assurances of our highest consideration and personal regards.

 

 

Signatories - Members of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research of Genocide, Canada

 

Professor Francis A. Boyle

General Agent for the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the

International Court of Justice with Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Powers

Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling

Former High Representative for the B&H

Professor David Pettigrew

Philosophy Department, Southern Connecticut State University, Member of the Steering Committee, Yale University Genocide Studies Program, International Observer for the municipal elections in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 7, 2012

 

Professor Marko Attila Hoare

 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University (London), the European Neighbourhood Section Director of the Henry Jackson Society

Professor James E. Waller                                                         

Cohen Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College

Professor Safia Soliman

Community Development Consultant, UK

Erich Rathfelder

Journalist, Croatia

Professor Smail Čekić

Director of the Institute for Research of Crimes Against Humanity and International Law of the Sarajevo University

Professor Emir Ramić

Director of the Institute for Research of Genocide, Canada

Profesor Haris Alibašić

Ph.D. Candidate, MPA, President of the Congress of North American Bosniaks

Suzana Vukic

Columnist, the Hudson/St.Lazare Gazette, Montreal

Željko Miličević

President of Justice for Bosnia Task Force

 

 

 

Toronto, 23. januar 2013.

 

Njegova Ekselencija Ban Ki-moon

Generalni sekretar

United Nations
1 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017

 

Vaša Ekselencijo,

 

Srpska ratnička pjesma i vojna koračnica “Marš na Drinu”, čiji je autor Stanislav Binički, nastala je nakon početnih uspjeha srpske vojske u prvoj godini Prvog svjetskog rata, u bitkama protiv Austrougarske vojske 1914. Srpska vojska je, u sadejstvu sa crnogorskom, 14. septembra 1914. pokrenula ofanzivu preko Drine ka Sarajevu i Vlasenici, odnosno jugoistočnoj Bosni i Hercegovini, gdje su izvršili strašne zločine nad Bošnjacima.

 

Koračnica je ostala da živi kao trajan simbol i spomen u srpskom narodu na  pobjede vojske Kraljevine Srbije na Balkanskom frontu 1914., i ta činjenica ne predstavlja sama po sebi nikakav problem. Međutim, problem se zasniva na činjenici da je koračnica vremenom postala mnogo kompleksiniji i zloćudniji simbol, jednako kao što rijeka Drina u kontekstu odnosa između Srbije i Bosne i Hercegovine ne predstavlja tek puki geografski pojam. Kao što je proširenje srpske države zapadno od Drine postao temeljni, strateški cilj srpske osvajačke ideologije, politike i prakse od početka XIX stoljeća, tako je i koračnicaMarš na Drinupostala omiljeni i obavezni napjev svih srpskih nacionalista iz vojnih i drugih oružanih formacija nakon Prvog svjetskog rata, koje su uzimale učešća

 

u ostvarenju tog temeljenog cilja srpske nacionalističke ideologije, politike i prakse u periodima kada je on postizan vojnim sredstvima. Tako je pjesma, pored ostalog, za Bošnjake postala i jasnim i nedvosmislenim simbolom zločina genocida počinjenog nad njima od strane srpskih oružanih formacija, posebno u Podrinju u oba svjetska rata i u toku agresije na Republiku Bosnu i Hercegovinu 1992-1995.

 

Zbog toga smatramo krajnje skandaloznim zloupotrebu Ujedinjenih nacija, Organizacije gdje je usvojena Konvencija o sprečavanju i kažnjavanju zločina genocida, od strane srpskog diplomate Vuka Jeremića, i stavljanje na repertoar sporne priredbe upravo kompozicije koja za Bošnjake simbolizira njihovo stradanje, odnosno genocid od strane predstavnika države koja je presudom Međunarodnog suda pravde proglašena odgovornom za nesprečavanje genocida, koga su srpske snage na kraju XX stoljeća i u dolini Drine počinile i uz zvuke pomenute koračnice.

 

Mi, članovi Međunarodnog ekspertnog tima Instituta za istraživanje genocida, Kanada, vjerujemo da ćete Vi  sankcionirati odgovorne za ovu tešku uvredu i uspostaviti mehanizme kojim će se spriječiti budući incidenti koji vrijeđaju i nanose bol žrtvama genocida tokom službenih ceremonija Ujedinjenih nacija.

 

Vaša Ekselencijo,molimo Vas da primite izraze našeg najdubljeg poštovanja i naše lične pozdrave.

 

Potpisnici – Članovi Međunarodnog ekspertnog tima Instituta za istraživanje genocida Kanada

 

 

 

Profesor Francis A. Boyle

Ovlašćeni agent Republike Bosne i Hercegovine na Međunarodnom sudom pravde

Prof. Dr. Christian Schwarz-Schilling

Bivši visoki predstavnik za BiH

Profesor David Pettigrew

Philosophy Department, Southern Connecticut State University, Member of the Steering Committee, Yale University Genocide Studies Program, International Observer for the municipal elections in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 7, 2012

 

Profesor Marko Attila Hoare

 

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University (London), the European Neighborhood Section Director of the Henry Jackson Society

Profesor James E. Waller                                                         

Profesor Holokaust studija

Profesor Safia Soliman

Profesor, Gloucester, UK

Erich Rathfelder

Novinar, Hvratska

Profesor Smail Čekić

Direktor Instituta za istraživanje zločina protiv čovječnosti i međunarodnog prava Univerziteta u Sarajevu

Profesor Emir Ramić

Direktor Instituta za istraživanje genocida Kanada

Profesor Haris Alibašić

Doktorski kandidat, predsjednik Kongresa Bošnjaka Sjeverne Amerike

Suzana Vukic

Kolumnist, The Hudson/St.Lazare Gazette

Željko Miličević

Predsjednik Pokreta Pravda za Bosnu i Hercegovinu

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