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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

At UN Hearing, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić Sez Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal Guilty of Flagrant Violations of Human Rights

00 Serbian folk wisdom. 23.09.12

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On Tuesday, the President of the UN General Assembly, former Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremić, accused his critics of trying to intimidate and pressure him into cancelling a special meeting on international criminal justice boycotted by the USA and some of its allies. Jeremić set up the meeting last week, whilst serving as President of the Assembly, a largely-ceremonial, but high-profile, post. Critics of the event said Jeremić that organised it as an excuse to attack the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)… an allegation Jeremić rejected. A spokesman for the American mission to the UN explained its decision to boycott the event by saying, “It’s an unbalanced, inflammatory, thematic debate … on the role of international criminal justice in reconciliation”.

Jordan and Canada also boycotted the event, whilst EU countries sent junior diplomats. A number of key officials from international organisations and tribunals, including the ICTY, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the International Criminal Court (ICC), chose not to attend. Without accusing any individual countries, Jeremić suggested that the 11 officials from the international organisations and tribunals didn’t attend due to outside pressure, adding that he, too, was under pressure to cancel the debate entirely, saying, “Unfortunately, these ladies and gentlemen refused to come to this debate. So, we worked with those who accepted, given that I wouldn’t balk under pressure to cancel what I believe is a debate on a critically-important topic. Somebody obviously thought that I could be embarrassed and intimidated into giving it (the debate) up”.

Jeremić said that the fact that the tone of the debate was more critical than supportive of the ICC, ICTY, ICTR, and other war crimes tribunals was because those who would’ve supported those courts chose not to attend the UN session. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić was amongst those who spoke. He hammered away at the ICTY in a 45-minute speech to the assembly, telling participants, “The prosecution was favoured over the defence” and that the court was guilty of the “most flagrant violation of human rights”. Serbia and its ally Russia sharply criticised the tribunal over recent decisions to free two Croatian generals and a former Kosovo Albanian guerrilla commander.

Jeremić said that amongst those who avoided last week’s debate were the presidents of the ICC, ICTY, and ICTR, head of the UN Office of Legal Affairs Patricia O’Brien, head of Human Rights Watch Kenneth Roth, and former ICTY/ICTR chief prosecutor Carla Del Ponte. He said, “How did it come about that all of them at the end of the day couldn’t be with us, couldn’t be with the member states on 10 April? We’re talking about too big a number … just to put it down to chance, that they just couldn’t make it”.

 17 April 2013 (MSK)

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_04_17/Yugoslav-tribunal-guilty-of-flagrant-violations-of-human-rights-Nikolic-027/

Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. The USA chooses to cloak its warmongering under a façade of smarmy pseudo-legality. These courts deal in ex post factovictor’s justice”… they aren’t real courts at all. The USA invaded the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and Libya… and it’s beating the war drums for an invasion of Syria and Iran. I know who belongs in the prisoner’s dock… it’s not Serb patriots whose only crime was opposing the American-fomented and –financed breakup of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (don’t forget, the present Croatian leadership is the direct descendant of the murderous Ustaše of World War II… the USA turned a blind eye to butchers of Orthodox Serbs and Croatian Jews escaping to South America and the USA). The USA refused to participate because its amoral and noxious foreign policy was under scrutiny… and they hate it when the truth is told about their unprincipled, unscrupulous, and brutal warmongering. God bless Vuk Jeremić… he told the truth.

Orthodox people have an obligation to support their Serb co-religionists in this. We shouldn’t follow disreputable quislings like Victor Potapov and James Paffhausen, who’ve sold out to the American powers-that-be (making them two of the worst “Sergianists” who ever existed… ironically, Potapov screams loudly about “Sergianism” in Russia whilst being more guilty of it than his targets are… fancy that). That’s the way it is…

BMD

Friday, 10 February 2012

Vuk Jeremić: Kosovo’s Reality… A Ghetto Behind Barbed Wire

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On 8 January 2012, at the UN in New York, Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vuk Jeremić spoke out against the attempts of some members of the UN Security Council and of the so-called “Foreign Minister” of Kosovo to present a rosy picture of the situation in Kosovo. Jeremić made it clear that ghettos and barbed wire are what one actually sees today in Kosovo, the level of security for Serbs in Kosovo is worse than for any other people in any other European state. He said, “I invite the Security Council to come to Serbia and Kosovo, and see the situation. We must see things for what they are. Serbia’s ready to talk, we’ll avoid any kind of provocation, we won’t engage in any deception”. To confirm his words, Jeremić referred to reports of a number of international organisations, including the European Commission, which stated recently that there’s a flourishing culture of corruption, discrimination against non-Albanians, and political pressure on the judicial system, amongst other things, in Kosovo.

9 February 2012

Pravoslavie.ru

http://www.pravoslavie.ru/news/51496.htm

Monday, 31 October 2011

Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić to UNESCO: Don’t Allow the Theft of Our Heritage

THIS is how the Kosovar Albanians (and their godless American backers in Foggy Bottom) treat the Serbian patrimony in Kosovo… any questions?

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Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić said that monasteries and churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) couldn’t belong to the so-called “Republic of Kosovo”.

Addressing the UNESCO General Conference in Paris on Monday, Jeremić stated, “In this organisation, we’re supposed to protect and nurture cultural identities, not be complicit in politicised attempts to carve up new ones”. He said that since Serbia’s a member of UNESCO, it‘d increase its efforts to safeguard at-risk cultural patrimony across the planet. This point affects Serbia most directly in its southern province of Kosovo and Metohija, which is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Danger, and Serbia’s responsible for their protection, Jeremić emphasised, saying, “I’d like to salute UNESCO’s strictly status-neutral work in Kosovo. We‘d also like to thank the various donor countries for their help in conserving and rebuilding Serbian heritage under very complicated circumstances. In post-conflict environments, honouring everyone’s identity is a pre-requisite for reconciliation, and excluding or negating a particular identity makes it impossible”.

Unfortunately, he noted, some mistakenly believe such an approach will help confirm their political choices, but the only result has been to make Serbia the target of a systemic campaign of identity theft. Jeremić warned that this travesty must not be allowed to stand. “Everyone knows that Serbs and (ethnic) Albanians disagree about Kosovo’s final status. But I want to be very clear… UNESCO isn’t the forum for airing political disagreements, directly or through proxies”. At the same time, he called on UNESCO member states to support Serbia’s candidacy for a seat on the World Heritage Committee. Serbia’s longstanding tradition of safeguarding patrimony goes back more than 165 years, Jeremić noted. He pointed up that, in 1844, Serbia adopted a law entitled “Prohibition of the Destruction of Old Towns and Castles”, and that, over time, Serbia’s local, provincial, and national cultural heritage institutes have grown into a well-developed and widely respected network, second-to-none in Southeast Europe, which has been recognised on numerous occasions by various UNESCO bodies, including the World Heritage Committee itself.

If granted membership, Serbia would forcefully advocate for a credible, representative, and balanced World Heritage List, thus further strengthening the integrity of the organisation, Jeremić stated. He reminded his listeners that Serbian President Boris Tadić recently hosted the Ninth UNESCO Summit of Southeast European Heads of State at the Roman archaeological site of Viminacium, one of the most culturally rich urban centres of the late Roman empire, a great crossroads that connected east with west, north with south. Jeremić stated , “The large-scale rediscovery of Viminacium at the dawn of the 21st century stands as a powerful symbol of what the Balkans represent… a place where bridges across cultures are built and cherished. It’s with this in mind that the Republic of Serbia, a multi-cultural and multi-confessional democracy, has presented its candidacy for a seat on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee”.

31 October 2011

B92

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=10&dd=31&nav_id=77114

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