SREBRENICA, 17 YEARS AFTER: CARD. PULJIC (SARAJEVO), “THOSE RESPONSIBLE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS”
“The day on which we recall the massacre of thousands of innocent people should become an opportunity for an examination of conscience both at national and international level. There is a need to promote respect for all war victims, particularly for those of Srebrenica”, Card. Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo, told SIR Europe, commenting on the 17th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, Bosnia, which is celebrated today. “Many people were killed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and there is a need to arouse in people feelings of respect for all victims who have lost their lives because of hatred”. Today more than ever, it is important to “create an anti-war atmosphere and mentality based on the principles of historical truth, justice and peace. Political truth is not sufficient; historical truth is also necessary for an in-depth analysis of facts. Truth must go hand in hand with justice: those responsible should be held accountable for their actions. The equality of persons of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds is also a requirement for peace. Equality gives rise to respect for human rights and the dignity of both the living and the dead.