UN General Assembly adopts a resolution in Srebrenica genocide

On Thursday, May 23, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Resolution on the Genocide in Srebrenica. 84 countries voted in favour of the Resolution, 18 were against it and 68 abstained.

The majority of UN member states decided that July 11 will be observed annually as the International Day of Remembrance for the Srebrenica Genocide. This resolution designates July 11 similarly to January 27 as Holocaust Remembrance Day and April 7 as the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, several countries voiced their opposition to the UN Resolution on the Srebrenica genocide. The common reason they all stated was the lack of consensus regarding the Resolution in the country and fears of unrest in the region.

The representative of China in the United Nations spoke immediately after the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, saying that they saw “no alternative but to vote against” the Resolution.

He began his speech by saying that “Bosnia and Herzegovina must also understand the coexistence of all its ethnic groups.” However, China sees “a big controversy” in the text of the Resolution.

“China has repeatedly requested full communication with key member states in order to improve the process based on consensus. Big differences and the lack of harmony in Bosnia and Herzegovina marked the hasty vote on the draft. That is why we have no alternative but to vote against it. China will continue to work on strengthening friendly relations with all ethnic groups in the country and have a key role in peace and stability in the country and the region,” he said.

Neville Gertze, permanent representative of Namibia at the UN, in his speech, said that everything that is happening in Palestine is genocide.

“There was genocide in Srebrenica. What is happening in Palestine (Gaza) at the moment is genocide,” he said.

Stating that many instances of genocide in the world have taken place but have not been marked by UN resolutions forced his country to abstain during the vote.

(Vreme, 23.05.2024)


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