Ambassadors of the countries that take part in the body overseeing the implementation of the Dayton accords convened to discuss the developments in Srebrenica this week, ahead of the July 11 commemoration for the victims of the 1995 genocide. A string of events in the eastern Bosnia town threatened to mar the commemoration and funeral scheduled for next week.
The Peace Implementation Council Steering Board Ambassadors “encouraged participants of all faiths and ethnicities to conduct themselves in a dignified manner, appropriate for the solemnity of the occasion. Attacks on mourners and survivors, and also participants, are unacceptable and should be fully investigated, and perpetrators brought to justice. It is not the time for provocative actions, but a time for paying respect to the victims, and to consider the true cost of human conflict”, a statement from the Office of the High Representative said.
The ambassadors expressed “full confidence” that the authorities, the commemoration organizers, the civil society organizations and individuals involved in the organization of the commemoration “will contribute to a solemn, safe and secure environment throughout the forthcoming events, thus promoting reconciliation, tolerance, good relations and peaceful co-existence”.
The ambassadors reiterated the need for further efforts towards reconciliation and good relations in the country and the region.
“Tolerance, acceptance, and peaceful coexistence are absolute requirements of civilizations founded on rights and freedoms, democracy and equality,” the statement said.