Montenegro’s premier proposes discharge of justice minister after Srebrenica genocide remarks

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The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapic, has proposed to discharge the Minister of Justice Vladimir Leposavic following the latter’s stance on genocide in Srebrenica.

In an extraordinary press conference, PM Krivokapic said that he has officially sent his proposal to the parliament.

Leposavic has said that he is “willing to accept the genocide in Srebrenica” when it is “proved beyond reasonable doubts”.

The declaration challenges the legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a court established by the United Nations to prosecute grave crimes committed during the wars that occurred after its disintegration.

The ICTY has ruled that genocide did occur in Srebrenica, the Bosnian city where an estimated 7.000 Bosnian Muslims were slain by the Serbian army.

“Since Leposavic has maintained his stance, I have proposed his dismissal”, said Krivokapic, adding that it is “unacceptable” for a minister of justice to express his private point of view.

The European Union has also called against the denial of the genocide committed in Srebrenica and that functionaries from all states aiming to integrate in the EU must be willing to respect European values, which include treating victims of genocide and war with due respect.

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