Skip to comments.A nation on trial for its past
Posted on 03/06/2006 8:49:50 AM PST by Nachum
PARIS AND SKOPJE, MACEDONIA Serbia and Montenegro, already struggling to find its place in Europe, risks becoming the first state ever to be formally branded genocidal, as judges at the World Bank last week began hearing arguments in a Bosnian lawsuit over crimes committed during the war in the early 1990s. The case could make Serbia, as the successor state to Yugoslavia, liable for tens of billions of dollars in reparations. But Bosnian Muslims say the suit's importance lies elsewhere, in creating an accurate and unchallengeable account of the conflict, which continues to poison regional politics.
"For our future, to have clean relations with our neighbors, we need to have a clear vision of our past and our future," says Sakib Softic, the lead Bosnian lawyer at the World Court in The Hague. "The international court has the authority, with its judgment, to finish up these questions from our past and move on toward the future
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Serbian supporters, please grab your smelling salts:
This is one of the dumbest cases ever to be brought in front of international law. Serbia as a nation committed no war crime. Individual Serbs did (as well as Croats, Bosnians, Albanians, and others). You punish them. You don't sue the parent state. The Court should dismiss this case with prejudice.