Džaferović at UN General Assembly: Law on banning genocide denial suppresses greatest threats to peace

Džaferović at UN General Assembly: Law on banning genocide denial suppresses greatest threats to peace

SARAJEVO, September 21 (FENA) – Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Šefik Džaferović was one of the speakers at the panel “What Peace and Security Mean in the 21st Century”, organized by the International Center Nizami Ganjavi.

As he stated, peace and security are natural goals in the development of human societies, and although history has often seemed like an endless series of bloody wars, people have not stopped dreaming of living in societies where they will not have to constantly fear for their lives before war threats and other forms of violence.

– The most important process for the establishment of peace and security on the European continent was Euro-Atlantic and European integration, ie the formation of NATO and the European Union, as unprecedented events in history; events that have fundamentally changed the overall security and political architecture of Europe and the world – said Džaferović.

He said that the transatlantic alliance and the internal integration of Europe proved to be successful means of preserving peace, because they were built on certain principles and values, and not on bare interests as traditional alliances, which therefore proved unsustainable.

Notes that democracy, the rule of law, the protection of individual human rights and collective defense; invariability of borders, prosecution of war criminals, resolving open issues through dialogue and with the help of international law institutions, elimination of racial and ethnic discrimination, strengthening the role of women in society – principles and processes that have enabled Euro-Atlantic societies to resolve internal and mutual social misunderstandings and contradictions.

– I have no doubt that the European Union and NATO, even now that we are deep in the 21st century, are still the best framework for maintaining peace and security in Europe, but also that they are the leading global model, despite all geostrategic movements – he added is.

These assessments are based on the difficult experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which experienced the bloodiest war on European soil after the World War II, and which was provoked by nationalist political projects from neighboring countries and which were guided by opposing ideas.

– Half a century after the Nazi invasions, the bearers of these projects still believed that the borders of states could be changed by military aggression and genocide. Despising the idea of ​​individual human rights and civil equality, they established a regime of ethnic segregation and discrimination in the occupied territories. In the end, they were convinced that the mass crimes they committed would never be prosecuted – Džaferović reminded.

He notes that the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina showed all the weaknesses of NATO and the European Union and that, as Tadeusz Mazowiecki noted, the overall stability of the international order and the principles of civilization was at stake because of BiH, and the UN-led international community, NATO alliance and the EU, did not respond to the task.

According to Džaferović, the genocide in Srebrenica is a terrible confirmation of that fact and it will remain an eternal black spot in world and European history, and the fact that shortly after the genocide in Srebrenica, NATO intervention stopped the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina is only further confirmed that genocide could have been prevented.

The gathering was organized in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, and Džaferović addressed the panel with a video message.