The interlocutors discussed the importance of the genocide prevention project. They agreed that any denial of genocide in BiH and crimes that took place during the aggression in BiH was unacceptable. Dieng said that he had repeatedly visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Srebrenica, where he had acquired a complete picture of what was going on in our area, with the goal to carry out further activities in the prevention of genocide.
BiH Presidency Chairman Željko Komšić met in New York with Adama Dieng, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide
He believes that intense meetings with the leaders of the region, with honest dialogue about the past and without denying the facts, are a prerequisite for lasting reconciliation and stability.
Chairman Komšić emphasized the absurd fact that today the genocide committed against Bosniaks in Srebrenica and Podrinje is institutionally denied in the RS entity, with surprising perseverance. Furthermore, public and political action of individuals in neighbouring Croatia, deny the crime of genocide against Serbs, Roma, Jews in World War II as part of the Quisling NDH creation. After the genocide is committed, negation and rejection begins, and then the glorification of the genocide and its perpetrators commences. One genocide does not diminish or relativize another, Chairman Komšić said. The view is that the genocide prevention project must have a specific approach for each region, and that it should not fall into the trap of a superficial and a copy-paste approach. Chairman Komšić stressed that hatred does not lead anywhere, and that we should all, through positive dialogue, build a future for generations to come. Chairman Komšić invited UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Adama Dieng to attend the Commemoration and a memorial service of the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina next year.