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August 6, 2009

PHOTO: Esma Palic holds a photograph of
her late husband Colonel Avdo Palic.

The news that the mortal remains of Avdo Palic have finally been located 14 years after the fall of Zepa is a poignant reminder that thousands of individuals murdered during the 1992-95 international armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina are yet to be identified.

Thee days after the fall of the Žepa UN Safe Area, the commander of the Bosnian Government forces, Colonel Avdo Palić, went to the UN Protection Forces compound in Zepa to negotiate the evacuation of the remaining inhabitants of the enclave. After arriving at the compound and meeting with Ratko Mladic, he was taken by Bosnian Serb forces and was never seen again.

“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with Esma Palic and her family. Mrs. Palic has never stopped seeking the truth, no matter how painful it may be”, said PDHR Gregorian. “We are relieved to know that the Palic family can finally provide Colonel Palic a dignified burial”.

The identification of the location of the mortal remains of Avdo Palic is welcome news indeed. His murderers also have yet to be brought to justice, and the OHR will continue to press the responsible authorities to that end.

“Thanks to the ICMP’s (International Commission for Missing Persons) continual efforts to develop and employ innovative techniques and quality assurance measures, the mortal remains of Avdo Palic have finally been located and will be exhumed in accordance with legal procedure”, said Principal Deputy High Representative Raffi Gregorian today.

“That the ICMP had not given up on this, or any other case, is a testament to its staff’s dedication and commitment to push forward the application of the latest DNA technology to ensure that families can have closure by having restored to them and burying the remains of their missing loved ones.”

Source: Office of the High Representative and EU Special Representative.

  1. visegrad92
    August 6, 2009 at 10:10 am

    The picture you published is the cover of Serb magazine "Patriot", showing Colonel Palic negotiating with Mladic. This is the last picture taken of Palic. It was shot by Slobodan Vaskovic, a Bosnian Serb journalist who was also present in Potocari when men and women were seperated.

  2. Shaina
    August 7, 2009 at 3:11 am

    glad you saw the comment I posted! I was surprised you didn't see the news before I did. FYI, there are a few more articles on the justwatch-l list and on Balkan Insight about the positive identification of Palic's remains. Apparently the remains were found in 2001 near Rogatica (sp?) but it wasn't until years later that they had the DNA technology to positively identify the remains. I'm very relieved for Esma Palic and their two daughters, and that Avdo Palic will now have a dignified burial. As well as Esma (of course)there was also the work of groups like Amnesty International who also kept the Palic case in the news, years after his disapearance when it was no longer a cause celeb.
    Anyways thanks for adding Blogging Balkanistan to your list of blog. I've been sorta slacking with blogging, but I have a few ideas for some new topics (finally!) hopefully I'll get to writing this weekend.

  3. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    August 7, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Thank you Shaina and visegrad92. Esma Palic has announced that she will continue campaigning until the murderers of her husband are brought to justice. Two suspects have fled to Serbia where they live freely. Hopefully, they will face justice soon.

    PS: Shaina, please check your E-mail. :)

  4. Phivan
    August 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Dan, thank you so much for keeping the light on the Palic case all these years. My Amnesty group here in Houston has been working on this case since 2001 and we were encouraged to have the support of people like you and Owen who kept watch and faithfully forwarded and published all Palic-related information they could find. As Esma Palic said, this is not the end, we have to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to justice, however long it takes.

  5. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    August 8, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Phivan, thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done to raise awareness about Col. Avdo Palic's disappearance.

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