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Bosnia to be Citizen’s State

Valentin Inzko High Representative in BiH (Photo - OHR/Courtesy photo 2011)

Valentin Inzko High Representative in BiH (Photo – OHR/Courtesy photo 2011)

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) New York - In a open letter to Embassy of the United States in Bosnia and Herzegovina Ambassador Maureen Cormack, High Representative Valentin Inzko, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini — group of US based Bosnian intellectuals, now US citizens asked prominent EU and US officials for help in transforming Bosnia and Herzegovina to the citizen rather then ethnically divided state as it is now – in accordance with the Dayton Peace Agreement that servs as a country’s Constitution.

“We the signatories of this Open Letter, stand with the United States of America and the European Union in our respect for human rights, dignity of all men and women, and promotion of universal rights of all citizens”, the letter said. Webpublicapress decided to publish their letter in its entirety.

“Your Excellences,

We take this opportunity to express our utmost respect for you personally and the institutions you represent, the Embassy of the United States, the Offices of High Representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The signatories of this open letter include intellectuals from Bosnia and Herzegovina who live and work in the US, the country where fundamental values include equality of all people regardless of their race, religion, gender, or the country of origin. Equality of all citizens under the law represents the source of strength of the American society, inspiring millions of hard working and capable people from all over the world.

Aggression not a Civil War 

Maureen Cormack, US ambassador in Sarajevo (Courtesy Youtube photo for education only)

Maureen Cormack, US ambassador in Sarajevo (Courtesy Youtube photo for education only)

For years the major powers and international community chose to characterize the Bosnian war as a civil war built on ancient ethnic feuds. In reality, however, ethnic cleansing was always the foremost goal of the war, not an unintended consequence. The recent decisions of the Hague Tribunal, are an important turning point. The decisions recognize the genocide against the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the coordinated war crime activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the period of 1992-1995.

These and other sentences by the Hague Tribunal bring to the front the most important questions for the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina that should guide efforts promoting reconciliation: (a) Will local officials within Bosnia and Herzegovina be permitted to deny the findings of the Hague Tribunal, (b) Will the international community, particularly the European Union and the United States in their capacity as guarantors of the Dayton Peace accords, address the impunity of B-H officials who actively deny the Tribunal findings.

Denying war crimes continues

Actions that deny the Tribunal findings within B-H have a corrosive effect on the local population, fueling the conditions that supported the war crimes. Failure of the Dayton Peace accord guarantors prolongs the victimization of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and harms efforts to promote reconciliation. Before the war, B-H was a symbol of coexistence of various religions and nationalities over hundreds of years, and we believe that a vision of reconciliation can help B-H regain peaceful coexistence among its communities.

We cannot change the past, but we can influence the future. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be doomed to living in a state outside of international norms and understanding. The citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina deserve to be exactly that – citizens. This is not the case now as they are not allowed to participate in decisions about social processes that form the basis of a normal society, as a result of ideologies that are foreign to the core of Bosnian-Herzegovinian being.

Honorable excellences,

We cannot bring back to life those who perished in the last war, just like we

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of  the European Union for Foreign Affairs Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. (UN photo by Eskinder Debeebe)

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission. (UN photo by Eskinder Debeebe)

cannot erase the suffering due to the genocide, brutal ethnic cleansing, the siege of many cities, and concentration camps that were actually happening in the middle of Europe at the time of global peace. However, we both can and must do everything in our power to help Bosnia and Herzegovina become a prosperous democracy, a member of the European Union. We cannot allow the travesty of protecting and preserving the results of atrocities while sentencing war criminals for their crimes. This would not only represent yet another layer of injustice placed upon the victims of the war crimes, but also a defeat of all self-proclaimed values of democratic societies of the modern world. Leaving the current constitutional arrangements in Bosnia and Herzegovina intact only encourages future war crimes.

 

We, the signatories of this Open Letter, stand with the United States of America and the European Union in our respect for human rights, dignity of all men and women, and promotion of universal rights of all citizens.

Best regards,

Signatories: Esad Boskailo, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry Phoenix, AZ;Andi Arnautovic, MD, Family Medicine Chicago, IL; Kenan Arnautovic, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Memphis, TN; Erol Avdovic, journalist and author, former president of the United Nations Correspondents Association, New York, NY; Adnan Celjo, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Phoenix, AZ; Azra Durakovic, MD, Family Medicine, Minneapolis, MN; Muhamed Durakovic, MD, Family Medicine, Minneapolis, MN; Nedim Durakovic, MD Otorhinolaryngologist St Louis, MO; Selma Durakovic, MD Internist, Seattle, WA; Emir Festic, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine,Jacksonville, FL; Ognjen Gajic, MD Professor of Medicine, Rochester MN; Lejla Hadzikadic Gusic MD, MSc FACS Adjunct Assistant Professor, Charlotte, NC; Mirsad Hadzikadic, PhD, Professor of Software and Information Systems, Charlotte, NC; Asim Haračić, MD, Psychiatrist Washington, DC; Amila Husic, MD, General Surgeon, Derry, NH; Suad Kapetanovic, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Los Angeles, CA; Sena Mustajbasic, Assistant Director Harmony School of Science, Sugar Land, TX; Djenita Pasic, Attorney and Professor of Law Louisville, KY; Resad Paya Pasic, MD, PhD, professor of OB/GYN, Louisville, KY; Zdravko Šalipur, PhD, Biomechanical Engineer Phoenix, AZ; Amer Smajkić, MD, Psychiatrist, Chicago, Illinois; Gordan Srkalovic MD, PhD, FACP Medicine Clinical Associate Professor, Lansing, MI; Mahira Tanovic, MD, FACS Associate Professor of Surgery, New York, NY; Semir Tanovic Senior Vice President, Vital Strategies, New York, NY; Haris Turalic, MD, FACC, Cardiologist Fort Meyers, FL; Ismar Volic, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics, Boston, MA.”

 

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