Norway Protests Serbian President’s Srebrenica Denial

Photo: Almir Dzanovic | The Srebrenica massacre refers to the July 1995 killing of more than 8,000. Bosniak men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladic during the Bosnian War.


Serbia’s newly elected president, Tomislav Nikolic, said 31 May that the crimes in Srebrenica was a genocide, but a serious war crime. UN Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has ruled that the killing of 8000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995 was genocide.  

– Political leaders have a special responsibility not to undermine the international courts and full support of the international criminal settlement is important for the reconciliation process and regional cooperation, said the Norwegian Foreign Minister. 

Since narrowly winning a presidential run-off last month, some of Tomislav Nikolic’s remarks have raised fears that the former ultra-nationalist who now portrays himself as a pro-EU conservative may not have abandoned the views of his past.

During an interview just hours after he was sworn in, Nikolic has rattled the Balkans by denying that the 1995 Srebrenica massacre was a genocide, sparking fears of a return to wartime rhetoric in the volatile region.