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June 10, 2009 11 comments

Letter to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies


The following petition is an initiative of the Congress of North American Bosniaks,

Robert H. Bruininks, President
University of Minnesota
202 Morrill Hall
100 Church Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
University of Minnesota
100 Nolte Center West
315 Pillsbury Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Esteemed President Bruininks and Faculty and Staff members at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies:

The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB), an umbrella organization representing American and Canadian Bosniaks, is appalled that an esteemed institution such as the University of Minnesota has published Serbian propaganda on its web page.

Please refer to the web address: where the topic of Holocaust and the recent genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina are viewed from a single and unfortunately extremely biased source – that of one Carl Savich. Moreover, the references he makes to reveal just what an ultra-nationalist Savich is.1

Instead of relying on the abundance of material and research done by highly respected international / US historians and academics such as Dr. Noel Malcolm, Dr. Marko Attila Hoare, Dr. Ivo Banac, Michael A. Sells, Dr. Robert J. Donia, Dr. John V. A. Fine to mention just a few, your institution chose to promote the personal agenda of the obscure and biased Savich who does not even list genuine verified historical evidence and even goes so far to add falsehood to his claims stating that the “Entire Jewish and Serbian communities in the Sarajevo region were destroyed.” As post-war Yugoslav censuses have already proven, this was not the case and the Jewish-Bosnian community remained in Sarajevo where it coexisted and prospered with all others for the previous 500 years – until the most recent 1992 brutal aggression on Bosnia forced Jews and Bosnian Muslims to flee as refugees which resulted in a sharp decline in numbers.

Bosnian historians and academics such as the late Dr. Muhamed Hadzijahic, Dr. Atif Purivatra, Dr. Branko Djurdjev, and Valdimir Dedijer studied the topic of the Holocaust within the wider context of WWII and Balkan wars. In more recent times Nihad Halilbegovic, Dr. Paul Cohen, and Dr. Smail Cengic wrote extensively on Holocaust in Bosnia and all its often unknown and denied victims. In particular, very thorough research from the Nazi archives presented in the following books Zijo Sulejmanpasic “13. SS Handzar Division: the truth and lies”; George Lepre “Himmler’s Bosnian Division” Rolf Michaelis “Gebirgsdivisionen der Waffen-SS”. These are all available today in English.

The French town Villefrance-de-Rouergue has honored Bosnian soldiers every year on September 17th as anti-fascists for the past 6 decades.

Furthermore, Savich deliberately skates over the fact that in October 1942, in the midst of Nazi-occupied Europe and alone on the Balkans, thousands of Bosnian Muslims signed a petition, submitted to Croatia’s Nazi regime requesting legal and physical protection for their Jewish and Roma neighbors. Therefore individuals mentioned in Savich’s quotes and on the UoM web page are rather the exceptions than the rule for Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims). In fact, many Bosniak Muslims hid their numerous Jewish neighbors and their most prized treasures, causing many of these valiant Muslims to become persecuted themselves – by Croatian Nazi and Serb Communist regimes alike. The example of Dervis Korkut’s family is only one such among many.1

What Carl Savich and Bosnia genocide deniers all have in common is a desire to re-frame Serbian war crimes as heroic acts while demonizing the Muslim inhabitants of the Balkans, “thereby countering the perceived brainwashing of the human race by imperialist propaganda” as Savich likes to call US media. Please refer to the attached articles from web site. Such a radical position as that has no place in an institution of higher learning. Furthermore, members of Carl Savich’s circle often seem genuinely unable to distinguish between the recent Balkan wars and World War II and for this reason, more than any other part of the world, the former Yugoslav federal state of Bosnia-Herzegovina is portrayed as the place of “civil war” and “ancient hatreds” instead of “bridge between the cultures” as Bosnians themselves call it.

It is terrifying to read the claim quoted on Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies page that temples of faith and compassions, “the churches, the cathedrals, the mosques, and the synagogues are the remaining symbols of this battle and conflict between cultures and empires.” For Bosnians these institutions have always been a place for interfaith dialogue, ancient wisdom and learning and any hate preached from the pulpit was brought from the outside, not conceived by Bosnians.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has already become a moral battlefield, a “world war” if you like, “in terms of the focus, money, alliances formed (Russia, Serbia, and Greece against the West) and alliances discredited (such as NATO, the OSCE, the European Community, and the UN).”

Please do no allow the name and the history of the Bosnian people to become victimized by Serbian propaganda via so called “Holocaust education.” The denial of the genocide against Bosniaks puts the credibility of the entire University of Minnesota at stake and we as the representatives of Bosnian Diaspora in North America must protect Bosniak honor from bigotry.

Thank you for your consideration.


On behalf of the CNAB
President of the Board of Directors
Haris Alibasic

Cc: Faculty and Staff at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

1. This is an excerpt from Carl Savitch’s article “U.S. Presidential Election 2008” from November 2, 2008; “Like Obama and Biden, McCain and Palin seek to continue the anti-Serbian, anti-Russian, and anti-Orthodox policies that have characterized U.S. foreign policy since the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992. McCain and Palin seek the expansion of NATO in the Balkans and in the Caucasus. Like Obama and Biden, both seek the military and strategic encirclement of the Russian Federation and both seek to maintain anti-Serbian policies, preventing a resurgence of Serbian “nationalism” and drastically restricting Serbian sovereignty over its own territory.

2. Sarajevo Haggadah


I apologize for this mistake. I have sent a request to our website team asking them to remove the link to the Carl Savich article and also to remove the reference to Carl Savich in the first paragraph. This should be done either today or tomorrow.



Office Manager
Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
University of Minnesota

101 Nolte Center
315 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455


December 9, 2008 6 comments
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2008.

Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic, the author of several ‘books’ celebrating indicted war criminals and denying genocide in Srebrenica, is a Serbian extremist writer and a ‘source’ without any credibility.

PHOTO: You’re looking at a face of Ljiljana Bulatovic, Serbian extremist writer and Srebrenica genocide denier. In May 2005, Ljiljana Bulatovic participated in Milivoje Ivanisevic’s Srebrenica genocide denial “panel discussion” titled “Truth about Srebrenica” at the law school at the University of Belgrade. She said that “there was no genocide in Srebrenica” and that “Karadzic and Mladic are truly heroes of Serbian nation.” She called for graves of Srebrenica genocide victims to be removed from ‘Serbian’ Srebrenica to the Bosniak-Croat Federation entity, because the graves “occupy a very productive part of land which should be used in agricultural production.”

Before we go into a brief review of the latest Srebrenica genocide denial book, written by Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic, we will quickly share some facts with our readers, so they can better understand the worst European atrocity since World War II:

FACT #1: Srebrenica genocide claimed lives of 8,000 to 10,000 Bosniaks Muslims, including forcible deportations (ethnic cleansing) of more than 20,000 civilians. Many victims were buried alive and truckloads of corpses were thrown into the Drina river, and will likely never be recovered. (see: CNN)

FACT #2: About 5,800 victims of Srebrenica Genocide have been identified through DNA analysis, but they can be reburied only after 70 percent of the bodily remains have been identified. Bosnian Serbs first buried the bodies near the execution sites but then dug out many of them with bulldozers and reburied remains in secondary mass graves in an attempt to hide the crime. (see: Reuters)

FACT #3: In an attempt to justify genocide of more than 8,000 Bosniaks, the fact that 151 Serb civilian victims died around Srebrenica (including Bratunac municipality) was grossly inflated to a number of more than 3,000 by a radical Serbian nationalist and Srebrenica genocide denier, Milivoje Ivanisevic. (see: UN-backed Research and Documentation Center)

FACT #4: Serb sources persist in justifying genocide by stating that the Srebrenica massacre was ‘retaliation’ of Serb forces for Bosniak attacks on Serb-held villages around Srebrenica. According to the United Nations, “Even though this accusation is often repeated by international sources, there is no credible evidence to support it.” (see: U.N. Report: Role of Bosniak Forces on the Ground)

FACT #5: The Serbs never demilitarized around Srebrenica. Instead, Bosnian Serb military and paramilitary troops continued using surrounding Serb villages to launch attacks on Srebrenica and kill trapped civilians. In 1993, for example, 62 Bosniak children were massacred and 152 wounded as a result of a single attack coming from surrounding Serb-held villages. (see: U.N. Report: The Fall of Srebrenica)

Buyer Beware: Here is a short review of “Krici i Opomena,” the latest book written by a radical Serbian ultra-nationalist writer Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic:

There is a new Srebrenica genocide denial / Srebrenica genocide justification book written by discredited Srebrenica genocide denier Ljiljana Bulatovic (aka: Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic). The book ‘Screams and the Omen’ (Krici i Opomena) contains depressingly familiar rhetoric of manufactured lies and distortions fabricated by the ultra-nationalist Srebrenica genocide denial factories in Serbia. As respected British historian, Dr Marko Attila Hoare, once noted: The average MPhil student here at Cambridge would be embarrassed to produce the sort of rubbish churned out by Michael Parenti, Diane Johnstone, Kate Hudson and other ill-informed genocide deniers… We agree.

In Ljiljana Bulatovic’s twisted mind, Ratko Mladic is a ‘hero’ and the symbol of everything ‘good’ Serb people have to offer. On the other hand, crimes like Markale market massacres in Sarajevo (see Q/A #12) and Srebrenica genocide are just another examples of ‘western conspiracy’ against ‘courageous’ Serb people. In fact, this is not the first extremist book she published. Ljiljana Bulatovic wrote a number of radical ultra-nationalist books celebrating genocide and Bosnian Serb war criminals.

In 1996, she published a book titled “General Mladic.” The book celebrates the former Bosnian Serb General, Ratko Mladic, who is responsible for orchestrating summary killings of 8,000 to 10,000 Bosniak Muslim men, children, and elderly, including forcible deportations (ethnic cleansing) of at least 20,000 civilians during 1995 Srebrenica genocide.

In 2002, Ljiljana Bulatovic published another book titled “Radovan” (2nd edition). The book follows usual war-crimes apologist agenda and radical ultra-nationalist rhetoric praising the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as being the best among Serbs. Karadzic is currently in prison facing two separate counts of genocide, and other crimes against humanity.

Her new book, “Screams and the Omen,” (2008) or “Krici i Opomena,” is yet another instalment of ultra-nationalist Serbian propaganda attempting to deny and justify Srebrenica genocide by grossly inflating Serb casualties and, at the same time, dismissing massive-scale war crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs against Bosniaks Muslims.

According to the Serbian nationalist newspaper Glas Javnosti, “With the third book in the edition ‘The Real Srebrenica,’ Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic has given a valuable contribution to establishing the full truth about the martyrdom and bloodcurdling sufferings of the Serbs in Srebrenica.” Glas Javnosti is known by its extreme radical rhetoric and Srebrenica genocide denial; recently, they misused photos of Srebrenica genocide mass graves by portraying them as mass graves of Serb ‘victims’ of the so called “Muslim-Croat terror”click here to take a look.
In a depressingly familiar tone of reasoning, Ljiljana Bulatovic paints Bosnian Serbs as ‘heroes’ and ‘the victims’ of the so called ‘western conspiracy.’ Without any regard for facts, she repeatedly cites discredited numbers of “3,562” Bosnian Serb casualties around Srebrenica – the very number doctored by another Srebrenica genocide denier, Milivoje Ivanisevic.
Ljiljana Bulatovic labels Srebrenica genocide victims as ‘mujahadeens’ and ‘bloodthirsty’ ‘terrorists’ who tortured ‘innocent’ and ‘unarmed’ Bosnian Serbs; hence, she suggests/implies that Srebrenica genocide victims deserved to die. The book contains mostly hearsay testimonies (“he said/she said”) and gross exagerations plagiarized from Milivoje Ivanisevic’s book “The Chronicles of Our Graves.”

One of exaggerations is a fabricated lie that people under Naser Oric’s command tortured “Serb children” in Police station in Srebrenica. As the UN-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the Hague concluded in Oric’s trial judgment, “Whereas the Serb men [10-15 Serb soldiers captured during fighting] were routinely beaten while detained at the Building, the Serb women and children were not.”

There can never be any equivalence or comparison between the individual war crimes committed against Bosnian Serbs and the monstrous crime of genocide committed against the Bosniak population of the former United Nations ‘safe area’ enclave of Srebrenica.
As an alternative to Ljiljana Bulatovic-Medic’s make-believe denials, readers might be interested in cold hard facts, which they can read at our page of Questions and Answers about Srebrenica genocide:


October 14, 2008 2 comments

Updated: October 17, 2008.

No amount of genocide denial activism and no amount of Bosniakophobia will ever change the fact that Serbs committed genocide in Srebrenica. Srebrenica genocide is an undeniable truth and a historical fact that claimed lives of at least 8,372 men, children, and elderly Bosniaks.

PHOTO: Srebrenica genocide mass grave at Pilica farm, twenty feet deep and a hundred feet long, was excavated by forensic pathologists in 1996. Photo by Gilles Peress (from The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar [Scalo Books, 1998]). At least 8,372 men, children and elderly were summarily executed and dumped into mass graves during 1995 genocide in Srebrenica. In a U.N. assisted ethnic cleansing, at least 20,000 women were forcibly expelled from the enclave. As the ICTY Judges found, the decision not to kill all women and children may be explained by the Bosnian Serbs’ sensitivity to public opinion.

(Estimated reading time: 15 minutes)

In this edition:
1. Seeking help to deny genocide in Srebrenica
2. Response to Stefan Karganovic, denier of genocide in Srebrenica
3. Generating media attention to deny genocide in Srebrenica
4. Editors’ Pick: Grossly inflated (and UN-discredited) numbers of Serb victims used to deny genocide in Srebrenica

1. Seeking help to deny genocide in Srebrenica

Seattle-based Stephen Karganovic (aka Stefan Karganovic), dubbed as an “American lawyer” in the Serbian press, is a founder of Srebrenica genocide denial NGO known as “The Historical Project Srebrenica” (Istorijski Projekt Srebrenica).

Karganovic is a man of many ‘talents,’ but he is not a lawyer. He is currently in the Netherlands, working as an “interpreter” for the defence of a convicted Serbian war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Previously, he worked as an interpreter for the Salvation Army in Seattle, WA.

Recently, he tried to pass himself as a person with credibility. He told B92 journalists that the Bosniak victims cannot be denied, but that he wants to talk about “the story of the Serb victims during the war in the Srebrenica area between 1992 and 1995.” He added that “the NGO’s goal is to uncover the truth of what happened during the war in the various municipalities of the Srebrenica region.” He even announced legal action against the UN and the Netherlands.

And then we received an E-mail from krajisnikcase@*****.com, signed by Stefan Karganovic himself, asking for assistance to “investigate the allegations of genocide against Moslem prisoners and correct the record on that score.” Note that he used the term “allegations” when he referred to the Srebrenica genocide. According to Google, his e-mail seems to be associated with Darko Trifunovic, another Srebrenica genocide denier who is also involved with the Krajisnik case. Here is a full copy of Stefan Karganovic’s e-mail sent to us:

Dear Sirs,

I am the head of an NGO based in Den Haag, the Netherlands. Our mission is to collect information about the events surrounding Srebrenica in July 1995, as well as the background of those events, but with a focus on crimes committed against Serb civilians by Moslem forces from the enclave. Our parallel task is to investigate the allegations of genocide against Moslem prisoners and correct the record on that score. In that connection, I am very interested in locating Mr. Carlos Martins Branco, a Portuguese UN official who was in Bosnia at the time, and who has written about these events. I believe that he has valuable first hand information to offer and I would like to interview him. I see that you have published a letter by him on your website. Would you be so kind as to give me his contact information if you have it, or ask him to contact me by giving him my email?

Thank you very much.

Stephen Karganovic

President Srebrenica Historical Project
Den Haag, The Netherlands
Telephone: + 31 64 878 ****
(Four digits edited for privacy reasons)

2. Response to Stefan Karganovic, denier of genocide in Srebrenica:


We’ve never published any letters from discredited Srebrenica genocide denier Carlos Martins Branco nor we are interested in his opinions. First of all, opinions are cheap, everybody has them. Srebrenica genocide is not a matter of anybody’s opinion; it’s a fact first recognized by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and subsequently by the International Court of Justice.

Srebrenica genocide is an undeniable truth and a historical fact that claimed lives of at least 8,372 men, children, and elderly Bosniaks.

Second of all, you should check your facts straight before you knock on the wrong door and solicit people to assist you in denying Srebrenica genocide. Next time you decide to send solicitation E-mails to unknown addresses, just pause for a moment and look yourself in the mirror. What you will see is an individual who has reduced himself to a Srebrenica genocide denier.

Goodbye and do not contact us again,

Editorial Team

3. Seeking media attention to Deny Genocide in Srebrenica

Recently, Stefan Karganovic organized revisionist Srebrenica genocide ‘symphosium’ in Banja Luka. He conveniently dubbed it as the so called “International Symposium About Suffering of the Serbs in Srebrenica.” At this ‘symphosium,’ Karganovic said that he would file a lawsuit against the Netherlands, because Dutchbat (Dutch batallion) troops failed to protect Serbs in Srebrenica. What Karganovic does not understand is the fact that Bosnian Serbs were not even located in Srebrenica, but in the surrounding villages which they conveniently used as military bases to stage attacks against the besieged Bosniak population of the enclave. Nonethless to say that many of these “Serb-held villages” around Srebrenica were ethnically cleansed Bosniak Muslim villages. Dutchbat troops were under the U.N. command and in charge of defending Srebrenica from the Bosnian Serb attacks. Unfortunately, Srebrenica was never safe, because the Serb Army never demilitarized around the enclave even they were required to do so

One might wonder, what’s the point of Karganovic’s lawsuit against the Dutch state? For example, he knows that Bosniak survivors of genocide recently lost their lawsuit against the Netherlands due to diplomatic immunity enjoyed by the United Nations. Serbs don’t even have any case to begin with, since they had not suffered genocide at Srebrenica, but their Army sure did commit genocide against the Bosniak population of the U.N.-designated “safe area.” But, Karganovic speculates he has nothing to lose. At least, the lawsuit will give him something that he badly needs, namely a better exposure to the mainstream media so he could gain some ‘legitimacy’ promoting innacurate and grossly inflated numbers of Serb casualties around Srebrenica, the same numbers doctored and published by his associate Srebrenica genocide denier – Milivoje Ivanisevic (aka: Milivoj Ivanisevic). Continue reading below….

4. Grossly inflated (and UN-discredited) numbers of Serb victims used to deny genocide in Srebrenica

In order to justify Srebrenica genocide, Serbian right-wing nationalist and a prominent Srebrenice genocide denier – Milivoje Ivanisevic – claimed that more than 3,000 Serb civilians were murdered around Srebrenica. What are the facts?

Florence Hartmann, Spokesperson for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at the Hague, made the following statement. Asked to comment on the different number of Serb victims in the Srebrenica region published in Belgrade, Hartmann replied that:

“First of all, the OTP is always very careful in the use of the word ‘victim’. Military or Police casualties from combat should not be considered victims in a criminal investigation context, in the same way people are victims from war crimes, such as summary executions. Before speaking about the whole area of Podrinja, including at least the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani, I would comment on the various figures circulating around the Kravica attack of January 1993. The figures circulating of hundreds of victims or claiming that all 353 inhabitants were “virtually completely destroyed” do not reflect the reality…. For the whole region, i.e the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani, the Serb authorities claimed previously that about 1400 people were killed due to attacks committed by the B&H Army forces for the period of May 1992 to March 1995, when Srebrenica was under the control of Naser Oric. Now the figure has become 3,500 Serbs killed. This figure may have been inflated. Taking the term “victims” as defined previously, these figures just does not reflect the reality.” (source: ICTY Press Release)

In a “Myth of Bratunac: Blatant Numbers Game” the internationally evaluated findings by the Research and Documentation Center examined Ivanisevic’s claims and concluded the following:

“The allegations that Serb casualties in Bratunac, between April 1992 and December 1995 amount to over three thousand is an evident falsification of facts. The RDC research of the actual number of Serb victims in Bratunac [just outside of Srebrenica] has been the most extensive carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina and proves that the overall number of victims is three to nine times smaller than indicated by Serbia and Montenegro. Perhaps the clearest illustration of gross exaggeration is that of Kravica, a Serb village near Bratunac attacked by the Bosnian Army on the morning of Orthodox Christmas, January 7, 1993 . The allegations that the attack resulted in hundreds of civilian victims have been shown to be false. Insight into the original documentation of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) clearly shows that in fact military victims highly outnumber the civilian ones. The document entitled ‘Warpath of the Bratunac brigade’, puts the military victims at 35 killed and 36 wounded; the number of civilian victims of the attack is eleven…” [source: Research and Documentation Center]

Serbian Human Rights Watch’s made similar conclussions , quote:

“The ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party launched an aggressive campaign to prove that Muslims had committed crimes against thousands of Serbs in the area. The campaign was intended to diminish the significance of the July 1995 crime, and many in Serbia were willing to accept that version of history. But as the Oric judgment makes clear, the facts do not support the equivalence thesis. Take the events in the village of Kravica, on the Serb Orthodox Christmas on January 7, 1993, for example. The alleged killing of scores of Serbs and destruction of their houses in the village is frequently cited in Serbia as the key example of the heinous crimes committed by the Muslim forces around Srebrenica. In fact, the Oric judgment confirms that there were Bosnian Serb military forces present in the village at the time of attack. In 1998, the wartime New York Times correspondent Chuck Sudetic wrote in his book on Srebrenica that, of forty-five Serbs who died in the Kravica attack, thirty-five were soldiers. Original Bosnian Serb army documents, according to the ICTY prosecutor and the Sarajevo-based Center for Research and Documentation of War Crimes, also indicate that thirty-five soldiers died. The critics also invoke unreliable statistics. A spokesman for the ruling Democratic Party of Serbia in the wake of the Oric judgment, for example, claimed that “we have documents showing that 3,260 people were found dead around Srebrenica from 1992-1995.”

However, the book Hronike nasih grobalja (Chronicles of Our Graveyards) by the Serb historian Milivoje Ivanisevic (the president of the Belgrade ‘Centre for Investigating Crimes Committed against the Serbian People’), uses the significantly lower figure, of “more than 1,000 persons [who] died,” and contains the list, mostly made of men of military age. Among those killed, there were evidently a significant number of Bosnian Serb soldiers who died in the fighting, like in Kravica.” [source: HRW in Serbia]


October 9, 2008 4 comments

An article published in the Serbian daily Vecernje Novosti under the title “Korov laži ispod vetrenjača” is yet another example of the Srebrenica genocide denial activism currently spearheaded by hated UN Dutchbat veteran Marco Van Hees (aka: Marko Van Hes). Van Hees served in Srebrenica but left approximately 6 months before genocide was committed.

He wasn’t even present during the terrible events of July 1995 but still feels qualified to pronounce about them and is anxious to testify before the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in defence of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader who publicly vowed to commit genocide by destroying Bosnian Muslims from the face of Earth.

Did Dutchbat troops witness crimes against Bosniaks at Srebrenica?

Recently Marco Van Hees met with Srebrenica genocide denier Milivoje Ivanisevic in Belgrade and informed him that no Dutch soldier had witnessed any crimes committed against the Bosniak (Muslim) population of Srebrenica – a claim easily dismissed by evidence previously offered by Dutch soldiers.

For example, according to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Report, A/54/549:

“One of the Dutchbat soldiers, during his brief stay in Zagreb upon return from Serb-held territory, was quoted as telling a member of the press that “hunting season [is] in full swing… it is not only men supposedly belonging to the Bosnian Government who are targeted…women, including pregnant ones, children and old people aren’t spared. Some are shot and wounded, others have had their ears cut off and some women have been raped.”

In another incident recorded in the ICTY’s 260 page-ruling in the case of Prosecutor vs. Krstic, “a Dutch Bat medical orderly came across two Serb soldiers raping a young woman:

“[W]e saw two Serb soldiers, one of them was standing guard and the other one was lying on the girl, with his pants off. And we saw a girl lying on the ground, on some kind of mattress. There was blood on the mattress, even she was covered with blood. She had bruises on her legs. There was even blood coming down her legs. She was in total shock. She went totally crazy.”

Former Dutchbat 3 Sergeant-Major Hans Thijsen has condemned Marco Van Hees’ Srebrenica genocide denial activism

Hans Thijsen, now President of Reünieverband Dutchbat 3, the association of Dutchbat 3 veterans who served in Srebrenica in 1995, has angrily condemned former Dutchbat member Marco Van Hees for denying genocide at Srebrenica and also for misrepresenting the Dutchbat III web site in Vecernje Novosti. This is Thijsen’s press release translated into English:

We Got You – Fraud Unveiled!

Dutchbat troops,

This week in the Serbian media an interview was conducted with the so-called Dutchbat 3 member who has claimed that he represents 15 Dutchbat troops wanting to testify on Karadzic’s behalf and deny genocide at Srebrenica. He also passes himself off as someone associated with our web site. His name is Marco Van Hees (who served in Dutchbat2 from June 1994 to January 1995). The board of the Reunion Connection for Dutchbat 3 members wish to make it clear that this Marco DOES NOT and MUST NOT speak for us. On behalf of all our members we distance ourselves from this individual and his claims about us, and we will take the necessary steps to prevent any repetition.

Hans Thijsen
Voorzitter reünieverband Dutchbat 3

We would like to thank Hans Thijsen for his heartfelt support. Hans Thijsen appeared in a documentary “Monument to Unresolved Grief” commemorating the tragic events and his emotional visit to Srebrenica 10 years after the genocide. For more information, click here.


June 30, 2008 2 comments

Updated Version: July 2nd, 2008.
Rebuttal to James Bissett’s Denial of Srebrenica genocide…

PHOTO CAPTION: James Bissett, Canadian conspiracy theorist and discredited Srebrenica genocide denier. He is a former Canadian ambassador to Belgrade, close friend of a late Serbian dictator Slobodan Miloseivc, and a long time pro-Serbian war crimes apologist…

James Bissett Publicly Denies Genocide in Canadian Daily Ottawa Citizen
On June 27 2008, former ambassador to Yugoslavia and a personal friend of late Slobodan Milosevic, James Bissett, published a commentary in Ottawa Citizen titled: “Don’t forget all the victims of Srebrenica.” In his commentary, he reduced himself to a pathetic Srebrenica genocide denier by claiming that, “This is acknowledged to be a serious war crime but it is not genocide.”

James Bissett doesn’t seem to realize that Srebrenica genocide is a judicial fact recognized by the two highest U.N. World Courts. Srebrenica genocide is not a matter of his opinion or anybody’s opinion. Opinion is cheap, everybody has it. Srebrenica genocide is a fact.

In Order to Justify Srebrenica Genocide, James Bissett Repeats Grossly Inflated and Discredited Numbers of Serb Casualties Around Srebrenica…
Furthermore, James Bissett attempted to equalize the horrific crime of genocide against the Bosniaks, with individual war crimes against the Serbs, by repeating a grossly inflated figure of “over 3,000 Bosnian Serb” victims around Srebrenica – a figure discredited by the International Criminal Tribunal, Serbia’s Human Right Watch, and Bosnia’s State-level Research and Documentation Center. In fact, about 151 Serb civilians died around Srebrenica during the war. The figure of “3,000 Serb civilians,” which Srebrenica genocide justifiers constantly cite, was originally propagated by another Srebrenica genocide denier, Milivoje Ivanisevic from Belgrade. Ivanisevic himself contributed to the horrific massacres by supplying Serb Army with bogus lists of the so called “war criminals from Srebrenica” in 1995. This was Ivanisevic’s contribution to horrific genocide and ethnic cleansing of tens of thousands of Bosniaks from Srebrenica; Canadian conspiracy theorist, James Bissett, is no different. He is openly pro-Serbian war crimes apologist. James Bissett is just another sad case of a Srebrenica genocide denier whose lack of reasoning is guided by one-sided politics of hatred.
James Bissett and Surrounding Serb Villages (which Serb Army Used as Military Bases to Attack Srebrenica and Commit Genocide)
James Bissett claims that, “…in 1992, the city was used as a base by Muslim forces to raid surrounding Serbian villages.” In fact, surrounding Serb villages were used as military bases to attack Srebrenica, as already concluded by the International Criminal Tribunal.

Many of these so called ‘Serb’ villages were pre-war Muslim villages, from which Muslims were ethnically cleansed. Serbs from surrounding villages blocked humanitarian convoys and bombarded Srebrenica civilians. Furthermore, Serbs around Srebrenica never demilitarized. Instead, Serb military and paramilitary troops continued using surrounding Serb villages as a base for attacks on (and brutal siege of) Srebrenica. The genocide justifiers have consistently ignored the strong VRS (Serb) military presence in Bosnian Serb villages around Srebrenica. For example, the village of Fakovici was used as a military outpost through which Bosnian Serb forces launched massive attacks on Srebrenica civilians.

James Bissett Plagiarizing Other Srebrenica Genocide Denial Sources… Here are some facts about Srebrenica Genocide victims that he doesn’t want to know…

Whenever Srebrenica genocide deniers write about Serb casualties, they label them as innocent civilians, but whenever they write about Bosniak genocide victims, they label them as soldiers. Not surprisingly, James Bissett goes on to claim another ridiculous lie, endlessly repeated by thousands of Srebrenica genocide denial web sites, quote: “Some of these [victims] were civilians but most were Bosnian Muslim troops killed as they retreated across Bosnian Serb territory to Tuzla, the nearest Muslim stronghold.”
James Bissett is distorting the facts. While some survivors had requested that their family members be buried as soldiers, for various reasons although they died as civilians or as soldiers away from front lines, the most common reason for these requests was access to social support for families of killed soldiers. Such practices lead to over-reporting of soldiers and under-reporting of civilians. In reality, a very small number of Srebrenica genocide victims were soldiers. Those who carried guns, carried them to protect their families from Serb offensive. Most importantly, Srebrenica genocide POWs were victims of summary executions in violation of Geneva Convention.

James Bissett uses outdated Red Cross data of 7,079 Bosniak victims of genocide. In fact, on June 5, 2005 Federal Commission for Missing Persons issued a list of the names, parents’ names, dates of birth, and unique citizen’s registration numbers of 8,106 Bosniak Muslim individuals who have been reliably established, from multiple independent sources, to have been killed in and around Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. Here is a copy of this list in PDF format. Two years later, on June 21 2007, the Research and Documentation Center released the results of the three year study compiling the largest database on Bosnian war victims in existence – the Bosnia’s Book of the Dead (covering period 1992-95). An international team of experts evaluated the findings before they were released. The team worked for three years with thousands of sources, collecting 21 facts about each victim, including names, nationality, time and place of birth and death, circumstances of death and other data. The commission established that 8,460 Bosniaks died in Srebrenica.

James Bissett’s Diatribe About Naser Oric and One of Favorite Serbian Propaganda Quotes

James Bissett claims that Naser Oric proudly displayed to western journalists videos of his forces decapitating Serb civilians.” First of all, those were not Serb civilians, and second of all, Bill Schiller – the Toronto Star journalist who allegedly met Srebrenica defender in 1994 – hadn’t even referred to them as “civilians” in his ’95 Toronto Star story.

As Schiller claimed in 1995, “There were burning houses, dead bodies, severed heads, and people fleeing.” Nothing unusual for a war zone. So we have dead Serb soldiers and severed heads from grenade shrapnels, but no word that many of those so called ‘Serb villages’ were filled with Muslim mass graves; and many of those so called ‘Serb villages’ where in fact villages from which Muslims were ethnically cleansed earlier in 1992? It seems to us that ‘the West,’ and journalists like Schiller, as well as pro-Serbian propagandists such as James Bisset, hoped that the Bosniaks in Srebrenica would sit silent without responding to deadly Serb attacks. So according to this reasoning, Serbs were okay to bombard Srebrenica enclave and cut off humanitarian aid, but Bosniaks were wrong to defend themselves? Naser Oric had every right to attack and recapture those ‘Serb villages,” which were used as a base for attacks on Srebrenica. Schiller failed to focus on a bigger picture, and write a story or two about the human catastrophe facing starving Bosniak population of Srebrenica. Needles to say, in 1992, Serbs expelled Bosniaks from their villages around Srebrenica, and used those villages to set up military bases from which they launched brutal attacks on Srebrenica enclave.

It would be beneficial for James Bissett to focus on Serb war criminals, Gen Ratko Mladic and former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. They are charged with genocide, and still on the run from justice. But of course, James Bissett doesn’t care about them, because he is one of the most pathetic Srebrenica genocide deniers and pro-Serb oriented war crimes apologists in Canada.


May 15, 2008 7 comments
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has invited Srebrenica genocide denier and a close friend of an indicted war criminal to preside over an important public event.

Srebrenica genocide claimed at least 8,106 and up to 10,000 lives – many of them children. Thousands of women were forcibly expelled (ethnically cleansed), while many women were violently raped.

Here we present information about the outraged reactions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere in the world at the decision by the well regarded Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to invite a Srebrenica genocide denier Alexandros Lykourezos to chair an important public event in Athens, Greece. Alexandros Lykourezos a prominent friend and supporter of an indicted war criminal and a mastermind of Srebrenica Genocide – former Serb General Ratko Mladic.

PHOTO CAPTION: Srebrenica genocide denier Alexandros Lykourezos (in white shirt) shakes hands with a mastermind of Srebrenica genocide, his close friend and a former Serb Gen Ratko Mladic. Ratko Mladic is an indicted war criminal and a fugitive from the international justice. Lykourezos’ Greek company web site is located at Lykourezos Law Offices.

VIDEO: Srebrenica genocide denier Alexandros Lykourezos.

I. Model letter sent to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars by numerous concerned Bosnian citizens and a number of international journalists

(For further information and to express support, contact Jasmina Burdzovic Andreas at ).

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing this letter to express both my astonishment and my disappointment concerning your selection of Mr Alexandros Lykourezos as the dinner chair for the presentation of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Athens later this Spring.

Even though Mr Lykourezos’s function here is minimal, it is nevertheless under the auspices of a respected United States governmental institution – The Wilson Center. Thus, it came as a shock to see Mr Lykourezos – a defense lawyer and self-described ‘friend’ of an indicted war criminal, the Serb General Ratko Mladic (1) and a denier of the internationally recognized Srebrenica genocide (2) – being in any capacity affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson Center.

For the sake of international justice and your institution’s reputation, I beg you to reconsider your decision to involve Mr Lykourezos in any of the Center’s activities.




(1) See the New York Times piece on Mr. Lykourezos (4 August 1996: ‘Greek Lawyer Pleased to Defend Bosnian Serb’, by Raymond Bonner), and a similar piece from the Washington Post (7 August 1996: ‘Athens Criminal Lawyer Wants to Defend Mladic’, by Jonathan C. Randal) . Mr. Lykourezos boasted that he would defend General Mladic pro bono, and that he considers him ‘more a friend’ than a potential client.

(2) See the Dutch documentary in which Mr. Lykourezos questions Srebrenica genocide committed by Serb troops under the direction of General Mladic: Op z’n Grieks [The Greek Way], Director : Ingeborg Beugel, IKON, 2002;

II. Letter sent to the WWICS press representative by Takis Michas:

Dear Mrs McCarter

I am Takis Michas, staff journalist of the Greek daily Eleftherotypia and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal Europe. I understand that the Woodrow Wilson Center will be organizing an event on the 15 of May in Athens to honor Mr Bartholomew and Mr Parakevaides. In this event Mr Alexandros Lycourezos will serve as the dinner chair.

While Mr Lycourezos is undoubtedly a prominent lawyer in Athens, he also happens to be one of the most fervent supporters of the late Slobodan Milosevic and the indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic. Througout the war in Bosnia, Mr Lycourezos repeatedly expressed, in interviews in the Greek and international media, his admiration, respect and total support for Mr Mladic as well as the politics of Milosevic. I would like ask you in the context of a journalistic investigation the following:

a) Were you aware of Mr. Lycourezos’s politics when you invited him to serve as the dinner chair in such an important event?

b) Given that Mr Lycourezos has never said that he regretted his past statements in support of Mr Mladic, does your invitation to Mr Lycourezos also imply that the Woodrow Wilson Center endorses the war crimes committed by the Serb fugitive in Srebrenica and elsewhere?


Takis Michas

Response sent to Mr. Michas from WWICS:
Dear Mr. Michas,

Reference your question about the Woodrow Wilson Center Awards and the dinner chairman for the event in Greece: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the living, national memorial to President Wilson.

The Center is a nonpartisan institution of advanced research, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue on issues that affect our globalized societies.

The Center’s mission is to commemorate the ideals and concerns of Woodrow Wilson by providing a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy, by bringing a broad spectrum of individuals together to discuss important public policy issues, by serving to bridge cultures and viewpoints, and by seeking to find common ground.

The Woodrow Wilson Awards are among the most prestigious given throughout the world and have been given internationally to leaders, entrepreneurs, peacekeepers, and policymakers, to show gratitude for the positive impact their accomplishments have had on our global culture.

As you have mentioned in your email, Mr Lykourezos is ‘undoubtedly a prominent
lawyer in Athens’, with a significant presence in Greek society and in that context he has been asked to chair and support this internationally acknowledged event in honor of the Ecumenical Patriarch and Mr Paraskevaides. We are pleased to have the benefit of his leadership, and both awardees are enthusiastic about his role in this event.

Although we at the WWICS respect any and all opinions, the Center does not endorse any actions against the principles of freedom, justice and democracy.

The Woodrow Wilson Center respects others’ opinions and personal choices, and it does not represent or endorse particular political views. Mr Lykourezos was not asked his political views when he was asked to be a dinner chairman for an event honoring two extraordinary individuals. The Center notes that Mr Lykourezos’s views on the Bosnian crisis of the 1990s are views shared by much of the Greek population and that in fact he has indicated that he had no direct or indirect contact with General Mladic after 1997 or with Slobodan Milosevic after 2000.


Director, Outreach & Communications Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars

Phone #: 202.691.4016

III. Letter sent to the WWICS press representative by Noel Malcolm

Dear Ms McCarter,

I have seen a copy of the reply you sent to the prominent Greek journalist Takis Michas, responding to his e-mail about your invitation of Mr Alexandros Lykourezos to your award ceremony on 15 May. I am surprised and disturbed by some of the things you say.

You write that you are ‘pleased to have the benefit of his [Mr Lykourezos’s] leadership’; that you ‘respect any and all opinions’; and at the same time, that ‘the Center does not endorse any actions against the principles of freedom, justice and democracy’.

Mr Lykourezos has publicly stated his warm feelings of personal friendship for a mass murderer, Ratko Mladic (see, for example, the New York Times, 4 August 1996); he has also publicly questioned the reality of the mass murder of 7,000 people which occurred at Srebrenica. That genocide did occur there has been established by an international court of justice. That Mladic was directly responsible for it is something for which the prima facie evidence is overwhelming – evidence which was in the public domain long before Mr Lykourezos expressed his friendly feelings for him in 1996.

Your statement that you respect ‘any and all opinions’ is so general as to defy belief: it is just not credible, for example, that you would respect the opinions of a Holocaust denier, or of a person who expressed admiration for Hitler. You must surely set some limits of acceptability, and it is impossible to see why admiration for Mladic should fall within those limits. Your wording also suggests that you think you can make a neat distinction between ‘opinions’ and ‘actions’; but what is at issue here is Mr Lykourezos’s action of expressing his opinion. Mr Lykourezos’s ‘leadership’, to which you refer, consists of his adoption of a prominent role on public issues, and the issue of Mladic is one of them. When he stood for election to the Greek Parliament, he included a photograph of himself and Mladic in his election materials. Is that really the sort of ‘leadership’ of which the Woodrow Wilson Center is ‘pleased to have the benefit’?

(I note, from your website, that your awards are given to ‘individuals who have shown a special commitment to seeking out informed opinions and thoughtful views’. I find it extraordinary that the award-giving occasion should be chaired by someone who has so conspicuously ignored informed opinions and thoughtful views on a major international issue in the recent past.)

No less troubling is your statement that ‘the Center notes that Mr Lykourezos’ views on the Bosnian crisis of the 1990s are views shared by much of the Greek population’. I do not know whether this is a correct statement where his warm feelings for Ratko Mladic are concerned; but if it is, why do you suppose that the fact that extreme and offensive views are widely shared makes them unobjectionable?

You say that ‘Mr Lykourezos was not asked his political views when he was asked to be a dinner chairman.’ You also say, however, that ‘he has indicated that he had no direct or indirect contact with General Mladic after 1997 or with Slobodan Milosevic after 2000’, which suggests that you did at least make subsequent inquiries. But if you thought it was relevant to make those inquiries, presumably on the grounds that a connection with Mladic could disqualify him from presiding at your ceremony, why do you think that these pieces of chronological information exonerate him? Would it not be more relevant to ask him at what date he publicly retracted, and apologised for, the warm feelings of friendship for Mladic which he expressed in 1996? And if the answer to that question is that he has never retracted or apologised for them, why should the mere fact that he has not recently had contact with Mladic make any difference?

My impression is that you simply did not know the relevant facts about Mr Lykourezos when you invited him to take part in this event, and for that I do not blame you. But you surely know now. It is not too late for you to disinvite him, thereby saving the Woodrow Wilson Center from serious blame, and the damaging of its reputation in the eyes of many scholars and human rights activists around the world – to say nothing of many thousands of ordinary Bosnians, whose grief and suffering Mr Lykourezos has, in effect, so grossly insulted.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Noel Malcolm
Fellow of the British Academy;
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls
College, Oxford University

IV. Letter from Dr Marko Attila Hoare to the WWICS event organizer


Re. Alexandros Lykourezos
7 May 2008

Dear Mr Costopoulos,

I am writing to express my shock at the decision of the WWICS to invite Alexandros Lykourezos to chair its awards dinner on 15 May. As you may be aware, Mr Lykourezos has openly spoken of his friendship with Ratko Mladic, a terrorist and war-criminal indicted for genocide by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Mr Lykourezos has gone on record to deny that the Srebrenica massacre took place, although it has been recognised to have occurred, and to have been an act of genocide, by two international courts – the International Court of Justice and the ICTY. It is highly discrediting to the WWICS to be providing a platform to a friend of terrorism and genocide. I shall be writing to my colleagues among the international community of scholars of the Balkans and of genocide to make them aware of this outrage.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Marko A. Hoare
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University


February 26, 2008 6 comments

What does the second-largest human rights organization in Europe say about Dr Darko Trifunovic?

Blog Editor’s Note: Darko Trifunovic (photo on the left) was the first Secretary in the Foreign Service of Bosnia-Herzegovina at the U.N. (2001), who was fired from the position after for being involved in a document forgery and falsification of BiH citizenship – an identity theft crime. He traveled through many European states with forged documents until his fraud was uncovered and the BiH authorities took away his passport. Currently, he is a member of several leftist apologist organizations on record for denying Srebrenica genocide, and they are: International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA), Defense & Foreign Affairs publications, the Global Information System (GIS). He authored the 1st Srebrenica Report (published by the Republika Srpska Government – the Bosnian Serb Government responsible for committing Srebrenica genocide in the first place) in which he claimed that only 100 Bosniaks (Muslims) died in the massacre.


Society for Threatened Peoples International (GfbV)
The second-largest human rights organization in Europe

Dr Darko Trifunovic – Serb Nationalist, Supporter of Greater Serbia and Genocide Denier

To all participants of the International Police Congress; the EU Justice ministers and Ministers of Foreign Affairs; EU-, US and Serbian institutions in Serbia and the Republic of Srpska; the Bosnian government and Bosnian institutions

Dear Sir/Madam,

Our human rights organisation wishes to draw your attention to the dubious activities of Dr Darko Trifunovic, of the Faculty of Security Studies of the University of Belgrade.

Dr Trifunovic is a self-proclaimed “expert on Islamist terrorism” in the Balkans. Among other things he claims that Islamist terrorism has deep roots in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country now largely at peace with itself once again but which he maintains is the base of what he refers to as the “White Al-Quaeda”. These claims have been dismissed as frivolous and unsubstantiated not just by Bosnia’s state-level special police agency, the State Information Protection Agency (SIPA), but also by EUFOR (the European Union Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina) and EUPM (the EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina). Not surprisingly Trifunovic was recently obliged to withdraw from the 11th European Police Congress in Berlin (29-30 January 2008) which he had been invited to address.

Dr Trifunovic has been guilty of misleading the public on a number of occasions. In a report published in 2002 he accused the wives and mothers of Srebrenica of filing falsified reports about missing relatives and alleged that “less than 100 Muslim soldiers” had been executed at Srebrenica. These observations flew in the face of the finding by the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), subsequently confirmed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), that the killing of over 8,000 Bosniak men and boys by Serb firing squads at Srebrenica in 1995 constituted an act of genocide. To date 2907 victims have been interred in the cemetery at Potocari and more bodies continue to be found.

Since the start of the Yugoslav wars our international human rights organisation has been campaigning on behalf of the victims of expulsion, genocide and other war crimes. We continue to work closely with the Mothers of Srebrenica and other victims’ organisations. We speak for them as well in expressing our outrage at the way international bodies refer to Dr Trifunovic, a man who publicly denies that genocide was perpetrated in Bosnia and undermines efforts to bring about reconciliation and achieve closure for the crimes committed there, as a “security expert”.

Our protest is supported by Lord Paddy Ashdown, former High Representative of the international Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who has remarked to us “I am appalled that Trifunovic is still able to do so much damage”.

Accordingly we urge you to end all contact and co-operation with Dr Trifunovic with immediate effect.

Yours sincerely

Jasna Causevic
Desk Officer for South-Eastern Europe

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Related Documents:
GfbV International, Press Release (original copy)

Biography of Dr Darko Trifunovic:

1. Dr Darko Trifunovic / Part I. Biography /

2. Dr Darko Trifunovic / Part II. Biography /

3. Dr Darko Trifunovic / Part III. Biography /

4. Dr Darko Trifunovic / Part IV. Biography /


January 18, 2008 2 comments is the voice of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish reporters, academics, NGOs and current/former political officials.

Update (14:06pm): Contrary to Darko Trifunovic’s claims published at “Serbian Unity Congress” website in which he alleges that information against him was “fabricated,” the fact of the matter is that he was the author of an E-mail in which he stated: “I wish Mladic killed them all.” We got in touch with contributing authors Haris Djapic and Alan Jusufovic and asked them to provide “Full Header” copy of Darko Trifunovic’s E-mail. Then we compared IP# of that E-mail with IP# of several other E-mails in which Darko Trifunovic threatened to the New York based magazine. The IP# was the same. Due to confidentiality reasons, we will not release IP#; however, we have forwarded this information to and requested inclusion of this information into FBI investigation of recent threatening E-mails coming from Darko Trifunovic (his E-mail is publicly listed at the Serbian Unity Congress web site).

The attacks on the freedom of the press have been instigated by the Serbian based Srebrenica genocide denier and self-proclaimed “terrorism expert”, Darko Trifunovic, who has sent numerous threatening Emails to the multi-ethnic New York based magazine uttering threats to the journalists (Bosniaks, Serbs, Croats, and Montenegrins) who criticized him. He has threatened them on several occassions that he would orchestrate the Denial of Service attacks, unless they stop criticising him. The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has opened a file on Darko Trifunovic’s and they are investigating threats the matter. The threteaning messages came from Darko Trifunovic’s Email which is publicly available on Serbian Unity Congress‘ web site. As a result of new events, the Euro Police Congress has removed message from their website which previously stated that Darko Trifunovic has withdrawn from Euro Police Congress due to alleged “fear of violence” from “radical groups.” We thank them for realizing who Darko Trifunovic really is and who they have been dealing with all this time.

The New York based Bosniaks magazine – which is temporarily offline as a result of Serbian DoS (Denial of Service) attacks on their server – asked us to publish this press release.

European Police Congress,

Dear Sirs,

As publisher of and contributors to, we were confident that our communications to you were consistent with legality and the very mission of the European Police Congress. Mr. Darko Trifunovic has engaged in actions, actual crimes that the Congress and its participants should resolutely confront including:

1. Identity and document fraud after having falsely secured Bosnian-Herzegovinian citizenship and diplomatic status, (of which was then subsequently stripped by BiH authorities).
2. Inciting hatred and promoting hate crimes based on ethnic and religious identity.
3. Promoting the denial of genocide, so adjudicated by the ICTY and ICJ, and with the dangerous agenda for inciting and legitimizing current and potential ultra-national politics within Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, (Republika Srpska) and new “grave violations of international humanitarian law.”
4. Now, incited/emboldened criminal/terror “hacker attack” on free media and our shared values of independent media/free speech.

Appropriately, somewhere within the Organization and participants of the European Police Congress and the German authorities, it was seen appropriate to no longer welcome Darko Trifunovic. We thank those who apparently supported this principled and legally founded action.

Unfortunate Legitimization of Hate Ideology and Lies

Unfortunately though, the message sent by (some) Organizers of the European Police Congress, in particular its website, was inconsistent. The message on the European Police Congress website legitimized the message that Darko Trifunovic was a “victim” of threats from Islamic extremists:

“Prof. Dr. Darko Trifunovic, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies, informed us that he will not be able to come to Berlin and to speak at the 11th European Police Congress, since he has been put under pressure by radical groups. He received very dangerous death threats. For this reason he decided not to expose himself and endanger the Congress.” (European Police Congress website, Panel II note).

The message on this Congress website is not true, and worse is legitimizing Darko Trifunovic’s genocide negation and hate ideology. It has fueled an unlawful, terrorist attack on and spurred hate campaign urging new murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide directed at Bosniaks.

Srebrenica Genocide is Judicial Conclusion Deserving Notice by Political and Law Enforcement Authority: This is not Optional

First, as to the message on the European Police Congress website: Is Darko Trifunovic and his agenda actually still welcome to your Congress? You cannot be passive on this matter and convey to your participants and audience that the Congress still would welcome Trifunovic in spite of his personal criminal conduct, incitement, and negation of genocide. Particularly, the matter of negating genocide in Srebrenica is not a “local Balkan dispute.” The International Court of Justice and the ICTY have judged that Srebrenica was a victim of genocide, while under the presumed protection of NATO and the United Nations. It is not your option, as an organization bringing together law enforcement agencies from the Euro-Atlantic democracies, to discount as a “local Balkan consideration,” the genocide in Srebrenica or other grave violations of international humanitarian law in Bosnia & Herzegovina. You are obliged to act in a manner consistent with such judgments from the highest judicial authorities. As denying the Holocaust is criminalized/subject to sanction in most of the democratic world, and appropriately so, the denial of genocide in Srebrenica and Bosnia & Herzegovina must meet with like response.

President Ahmedinidjad’s minimization of the Holocaust and Trifunovic’s negation of genocide are equally offensive, and to us all who promote international humanitarian law and the rule of law.

Trifunovic Abuses European Congress website to further Lies

Second, Trifunovic is lying when he asserts that he has been “put under pressure by radical groups.” He has clearly labeled as such “Islamic extremist group” and “Al-Qaeda affiliated.” (Trifunovic on “Terror Financing Blog.”) is the voice of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious group of Muslim, Christian and Jewish reporters, academics, NGOs and current/former political officials. We not only have no relationship to Al-Qaeda or Islamic extremism but promote shared values of a democratic, pluralistic and open society. We certainly would not condone any death threats against any person. Our efforts are sufficiently founded on legality and our shared principles.

Why did not Any Representative from the European Police Congress Verify, even Contact to Confirm Veracity of Trifunovic’s Allegations?

However, when the European Police Congress has given a platform, in particular this time on the website, to Mr. Trifunovic’s slanderous allegations, you have allowed this Congress to be exploited for a libelous campaign based upon complete untruths and lies. Did not anyone of you bother to check the evidence or just contact us to verify any truth to Trifunovic’s spin?

Criminal/Terror Attack on Free Speech Emboldened

Now, has been subjected to a “hacker attack” initiated by ultranationalist haters and supporters of Trifunovic, and with threats emanating from areas and email addresses suspiciously akin to Trifunovic’s own. We await further evidence of Trifunovic’s direct criminal conspiracy in this attack on media institutions and free speech, and have contacted the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. However, undoubtedly Trifunovic’s threats and the legitimization of his message on the official website of the European Police Congress have emboldened this criminal terror attack upon free speech and

We respectfully request that the European Police Congress:
1. Investigate internally how the official website of the European Police Congress was misused for Trifunovic’s lies and has emboldened directly or otherwise a criminal/terror attack?
2. Has Trifunovic been “dis-invited” from the European Police Congress or is he still a welcome participant?
3. Measures that the Organizers of the European Police Congress would propose to counter the damage to people and free media resulting from this unfortunate event?

With Respect,

Esad Krcic, Chief Editor
Željko Milicevic, Editor
Afan Pašalic, Webmaster
Sonja Radoševic, Freelance Journalist from Montenegro
Nihad Krupic, Writer and Journalist
Muhamed Šaceirbey, Former Ambassador of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the U.N.
Dr. Mirsad Mujovic, Journalist
Emir Ramic, Journalist
Ferid Ferko Šantic, Journalist
Ahmed Pašic, Journalist
Muhamed Mahmutovic, Journalist
Emir Džanic, Journalist


January 14, 2008 2 comments
The following is an extended list of signatures by fellow Serbs, Croats, Montenegrins, and Bosniaks urging Euro Police Congress not to give any credence to Mr Darko Trifunovic’s latest claims circulating in radical Serbian media outlets and propagandist websites (e.g. Serbianna). We thank Bosnian newspapers for mentioning our Blog and bringing awareness against Srebrenica Genocide denial, which is the most dangerous obstacle for Bosniak/Serb relations and lasting peace (special thank you goes to Dnevni Avaz). Srebrenica Genocide Blog is a pro-victim blog, and will remain to be s0. As you can notice from our writings, we are not interested in being “even handed” with convicted criminals and genocide deniers; we condemn them and will continue to do so.

You are looking at a photo of Darko Trifunovic, Srebrenica genocide denier, who was also involved in “identity fraud” and document forgery during his time in B&H Foreign Ministry (and he got fired). He is possibly forging documents to defend Serbian war criminals standing trial at the Hague by providing his “expert” testimonies. In 2001, he stated for B92 that he had evidence of Radovan Karadzic’s military orders which could ultimately clear Karadzic of genocide charges. Considering Trifunovic’s document forgery background, we would not be surprised had he also worked on forging Radovan Karadzic’s military orders so they look as if Karadzic obeyed Geneva Convention. ICTY should be very careful when presented with this kind of tainted evidence and “expert” testimonies, because there is more than likely possibility that Karadzic’s camp has been involved in forging military orders to defend Karadzic from charges of genocide. Apart from evidence forgery, similar self-proclaimed “terrorism experts” were responsible for spreading flawed “intelligence” information to the CIA about non-existent Iraqi “weapons of mass destructions” and the alleged ties of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with Al Qaeda, which led to bloody war and thousands of dead civilians. These kinds of people are selling what so many in the west are prepared to buy: fear, prejudice, and Srebrenica genocide denial.

At the end of this page, you will also find our short response to Mr Trifunovic concerning his claims that there was no decision on genocide in Srebrenica. Please feel free to add your name and post this letter to other websites, blogs, or/and sign it and send it to relevant human rights organization and media:

To: European Police Congress Organizers

Dear Sirs:

We would ask you to confirm that Darko Trifunovic will not be welcome to participate in this 11th European Police Congress. Further, we ask for you to confirm that his agenda of hate, revisionism and denial of genocide will be excluded from the current and future European Police Congress.

The statement on your website that Mr. Trifunovic has withdrawn due to threats to his person is unacceptable in that such still implies that his hateful agenda and genocide denial might be welcome in the future at your Congress. His hollow claim of “fear of violence” could also gain credence from posting on your website. We have and will not instigate or support any violence directed at any person, nor should you allow Mr. Trifunovic to use your website to give credibility to his slanderous claims that the campaign directed at his teachings and promotion is promulgated by “White Al-Qaeda.” You should note that many who have written and urged that Darko Trifunovic and his agenda be banned, in fact are not even “Muslims.” They include Croat Catholics, Montenegran Orthodox, Dutch lawyers, Jewish writers, American business persons and others including Serbs. Any claim that Trifunovic is confronted by Islamic extremists is flawed from the outset. He is an offense to all. Our efforts are democratic, certainly peaceful and consistent with the evidence, justice and the rule of law.

“Identity fraud” or, more specifically, procuring Bosnian & Herzegovinian documents is also on Mr. Darko Trifunovic’s resume. He had procured Bosnian/Herzegovinian travel documents and traveled through many European states with such until his fraud was uncovered and the BiH authorities took away his passport.

The crimes that Mr. Trifunovic, and others, deny and/or rationalize have been so ruled by international and national judicial authorities, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Court of Justice. Prosecution of offenders has been executed in international and national criminal proceedings. It is not optional whether you or we accept the evidence and fact of such genocide in Srebrenica or other grave violations of international humanitarian law in Bosnia & Herzegovina by Serbian forces. As one of the more prominent forums of the Euro-Atlantic law enforcement and judicial community, you have an obligation to confront such crimes and those who deny them or promote hate. Any other response demands that we reconsider your mission objectives, as insensitive and selective.

Mr. Darko Trifunovic is also engaged in hate promotion directed against the Bosniak ethnic group as well as those who may be identified as Muslims by birth or faith. His Islamophobia is inciting hate and misinformation, but here with the particular dangerous motive of justifying old crimes/genocides and potentially promoting new ones by ultra nationalists in Bosnia & Herzegovina from within Serbian extremist ranks and others.

In the hope of promoting shared values, a common future and the rule of law, we ask that you further promote within national and multilateral jurisdictions such enforcement of current laws or adoption of new laws that would sanction denying the genocide and crimes judicially ruled with respect to Srebrenica and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Promoting hate by religion or ethnicity should already be incorporated in criminal codes, but also deserves greater vigilance in enforcement without exception.

We await your response with confidence in shared values and the rule of law.

With Respect:

Daniel Zeljkovic, founder of Srebrenica Genocide Blog (New York)
Sonja Radosevic, Podgorica, Montenegro, free lance journalist
Esad Krcic, editor of chief – New York-based Bosnjaci Magazine
Hasan Nuhanovic, writer, ex UN translator, Srebrenica genocid survivor
Dragoljub Todorovic, Serbia – Human Rights Activist
Muhamed Sacirbey, New York, USA, Former U.N. Ambassador
Zeljko Milicevic, diplo. Ecc, Ottawa, Canada – Editor
Nihad Krupic, Vancouver, Canada, writer and publicist
Emir Ramic, Hamilton, Canada – Congress of North American Bosniaks
Muharem Obradovic, Toronto, Canada – publicist
Muhamed Mahmutovic, Malmo, Sweden, free lance journalist
Ferid Santic, publicist
Emir Dzanic, publicist


A letter to Mr Darko Trifunovic
Subject: There WAS Decision on Genocide
From: Daniel Zeljkovic

Mr Trifunovic, recently you appeared on a Bosnian NTV Hayat Talk Show via satellite from Serbia. Vividly angry, disturbed, and constantly interrupting guest participant and TV Host, you have used your old line of arguments, quote:

If you say that someone killed 8,000 people in Srebrenica, I want to know who killed them? If 8,000 people died in Srebrenica… If 8,000 died, where are those people?….. In some cases court handed down decision that some people helped commit genocide, but there was no decision on genocide.

You were probably referring to the case of Vidoje Blagojevic whose complicity in genocide sentence was cut on appeal? You should be aware that even in his appeal judgment, the International Criminal Tribunal re-affirmed that Genocide in Srebrenica was committed, quote:

The Trial Chamber finds that the facts… the crimes of genocide, extermination, murder, persecutions through murder, cruel and inhumane treatment, terrorizing the civilian population and forcible transfer, and inhumane acts (forcible transfer) were committed in July 1995 following the fall of the Srebrenica enclave. (source: ICTY)

Furthermore, Srebrenica genocide has been re-affirmed by the International Criminal Tribunal in both – trial and appeal – judgments issued against Radislav Krstic, as well as by the International Court of Justice in a case of Bosnia vs Serbia.

You also pointed out that 3,200 Serbs died in Srebrenica, which is not true. Let me quote the International Criminal Tribunal, and I will even provide you a source:

For the whole region, i.e the municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac, Vlasenica and Skelani, the Serb authorities claimed previously that about 1400 people were killed due to attacks committed by the BH Army forces for the period of May 1992 to March 1995, when Srebrenica was under the control of Naser Oric. Now the figure has become 3,500 Serbs killed. This figure may have been inflated… these figures just does not reflect the reality. (source: ICTY)

Mr Trifunovic, it’s time for you to apologize publicly for your Srebrenica genocide denial and manipulations – not to us, but to the 8,000 + victims of Srebrenica genocide and their families.

Daniel Zeljkovic
Founder of Srebrenica Genocide Blog

Part #1. Darko Trifunovic – Srebrenica genocide denier
Part #2. Darko Trifunovic: “I wish Mladic killed them all.”


December 31, 2007 1 comment

Last Updated: March 25, 2009.


“I WISH MLADIC KILLED THEM ALL” – Darko Trifunovic (self-proclaimed Serbian “terrorism expert”) in an E-mail response to “Stevan Savic”

Editors’ notice: Haris Djapic and Alen Jusufovic (both from Sarajevo) have done a bit of investigative work by posing as “Stevan Savic” and befriending Darko Trifunovic. On December 28th 2007, they sent us the following article titled “Darko Trifunovic” and we added “PART 2” to the title. It took us about 3 hours to translate it from Bosnian into English language. We thank them for their contribution. If you would like to publish your articles at Srebrenica Genocide Blog, please mark your comments “PRIVATE” and include your E-mail address where we can contact you. All future articles should be submitted in English language. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Authors: Haris Djapic and Alen Jusufovic
Uploaded: December 31, 2007.

Dear Srebrenica Genocide Blog,

After you published an article about Darko Trifunovic’s denial of Srebrenica genocide, we decided to do something about it. So we contacted him by posing as “Stevan Savic”…. During our investigation and correspondence with him, we collected more information about his activities than we bargained for. After all, our investigative work paid off, but we were greatly dissapointed by his level of hatred…

PHOTO: Darko Trifunovic (biography), Srebrenica genocide denier, in this undated photo courtesy of New York based Bosnjaci Magazine.

Darko Trifunovic, who proclaimed himself to be so called “terrorism expert” only after being fired from Bosnia-Herzegovina Foreign Ministry, is now attacking journalists who criticize him. Media Development Center and South East Network for Profesionalization for Media concluded that Trifunovic’s “wild speculations presented as ‘serious’ information are an insult to logic.” We agree.

(1) Spy-work and Wikipedia
(2) Islamophobic Sources
(3) Response to Myself
(4) Threatening Journalists
(5) “I wish Mladic killed them all”
(6) Excerpt from the Book

(7) Izetbegovic: Anti-Fascist/Anti-Communist

Spy-work and Wikipedia

We posed as “Stevan Savic” and got in touch with Darko Trifunovic through his publically available E-mail address. Apart from his apparent passion for Srebrenica genocide denial and manufacturing stories of “Islamic terrorism”, we also learned that he has at least two Wikipedia usernames:
Sh3 and AlexandarNYC. He attempted to create various wikipedia articles labeling journalists who criticized him as “Islamic terrorists” and he even asked us for help. We wouldn’t know about these activities hadn’t he told us. He has been making dozens of revisions every day to his Wikipedia page by adding content that celebrates him and removing content he doesnt’ agree with. Take a look at a revised page he made about himself; he even uploaded photo of himself and described it as “Self Made”. The changes were rapidly reverted by Wikipedia’s administrators, because any type of self-promotion is not suitable for Wiki standards.

A Response to… Myself?
On December 28, 2007 Darko Trifunovic’s posted an article labeling his critics as (read carefully): “Al Qaeda Media Committee Attacks on Darko Trifunovic” (note: all people who criticize them are automatically labeled as “Islamic Terrorists”) and then Darko Trifunovic commented on his own post under diffferent names posing as somebody else. The post was made at 08:20am, then at 9:33am under nickname “John Johsnon” (he couldn’t come up with a better name?) Darko Trifunovic posted a lengthy comment with a copyrighted content from Serbianna about “Islamic Terrorism” and all those terrorism related fairy stories manufactured by Srebrenica genocide deniers and Islamophobes who blame Muslims for every single evil in this world. Four minutes later, at 9:33am, he used another nickname , “Anica”, and posted a reply to himself supporting – [guess who?] – himself, duh! He even asked us to post comments in his support. In order to gain more knowledge about his activities and in order to gain more trust from him, we posted a comment supporting him (under a nickname “space”). Of course, he thanked us in his E-mail shortly after and we thank him publicly for being so naive.

Threatening Journalists

We have been in touch with the New York based Bosnjaci Magazine for a very long time. They are wonderful people working for the freedom of the press. They told us that Darko Trifunovic has, on numerous occassions, attempted to silence them with the threats of lawsuits because they criticized his Srebrenica genocide denial.

Trifunovic apparently believes he can silence American journalists and freedom of the press in America, a country where free speech and journalistic freedom is sacred. One might wonder, why doesnt’ he do it? It’s because he knows he would lose the case and would be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. This would actually be very beneficial to this New York based magazine as it would bring additional income for their exercise of journalistic independence and freedom of speech. After all, Freedom of the press was (and still is) a necessity to any democratic society.

“I wish Mladic killed them all”

After befriending Darko Trifunovic and gaining his trust under a fake E-mail account “Stevan Savic” ( we finally asked him to tell us why he denies Srebrenica genocide (we corresponded with him in Serbian language), quote: “So Darko, why the heck do you deny Srebrenica genocide? It certainly does not help our Serb cause, so why are you doing it?”

He replied with a short note, quote: “Are you sure you are Serb? Why do you care about Muslims? I wish Mladic killed them all.”

Here is a copy of the original E-mail response that we received from Darko Trifunovic (in Serbian language):

Subject Re: O Srebrenickom Genocidu
Sent Date: 12-23-2007 4:58:29 PM
From Darko Trifunovic <>
To Stevan Savic <>

Postovani Savo,
Jesi li ti siguran da si Srbin? Sta te briga za Muslimanima? Da ih je bogdom Mladic sve pobio.

Darko Trifunovic

We believe there is no need for further comment to his E-mail.

Excerpt from the Book

Darko Trifunovic has been discredited by respected journalistic agencies in the past. According to the “Freedom of Speech in South East Europe: Media Independence and Self-Regulation” (ISBN 978-954-9396-05-8) published by the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media, quote:

An exemplary manipulation article can also be found on p. 2 on March 9 entitled ‘Abuse of religion and faith’ by D. Majstorovic. It reports that Darko Trifunovic, portrayed as “leading Serb expert for international terrorism” from the Belgrade Security Faculty, in one of his recent “lectures before members of the US Congress” stated that radical Islamists from all over the world, who have been assigned in all almost all European states upon order of the terrorist network Al Q’Aida, abuse religious facilities and use them for spreading their fundamentalist-like ideas. Reportedly, Trifunovic also “warned that Kosovo and Metohija and BiH are unfortunately brimming with persons like Talovic (Sulejman, 19-year old from BiH who killed 5 people at Salt Lake City recently) and Bektasevic (Mirsad, sentenced to 20 years prison term for planning terrorist attacks in BiH), mostly thanks to people from the top authority, who at some point in the past brought the most brutal terrorists of the present time to these regions. Hereby he refers to “Haris Silajdzic”, a prominent Bosniak politician.

Although attributed to an “expert” thus fulfilling the formal requirements of the Press Code, these absolutely wild speculations presented as “serious” information are an insult to logic first, Bosniaks second. (Sulejman Talovic was Bosnian American, but his crime was much the same as earlier Columbine crimes, or a subsequent massacre by a Korean American – work of teen angst. Confounding him, a wannabe terrorist Bektasevic, and bringing them in context with a legal and legitimate political representative is a sign of utter malevolence and lack of elementary ethics).

Izetbegovic: Anti-Fascist/Anti-Communist

In an interview with “Glas Javnosti” on October 26, 2003 Dr Trifunovic falsely accused the late President of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic, of having been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in 1946 for allegedly being a former member of the Waffen-SS Mountain “Division Handschar”. In fact, Mr Izetbegovic was never a Nazi member, but such inaccurate stories are manufactured and circulated by “terrorism experts” such as Darko Trifunovic, and since Darko Trifunovic has as much credibility as next door “rumor”, it is of no importance to even debate this obvious lie. In fact, Mr Izetbegovic was anti-Fascist and anti-Communist, was almost executed by Communists for his pro-Democracy activism.

Another offensive lie is that war-time president Alija Izetbegovic was a mujaheedin or “Muslim terrorist.” Mr Izetbegovic – leader of Party for Democratic Action – was one of key figures responsible for destruction of communism in Yugoslavia. He fought for democratic, secular, multicultural, and internationally recognized Bosnia-Herzegovina. He wrote several books analyzing Islam. Serb propagandists took some of his statements out of context, as Noel Malcom (“Bosnia: Short History”) pointed out.

More than any other text, the Islamic Declaration is cited by Serbian nationalist propaganda as evidence of dangerous ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ in Europe which must be suppressed… or else.
Often cited to justify persecution of the Bosnian Muslim civilian population during the former war, the Declaration and its author, Mr. Alija Izetbegovic, former president of Bosnia, have been demonized and frequently blamed for the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. One might explain these accusations as viscous political propaganda brought on by war. However, as early as 1983, Izetbegovic and his writings were the target of a virulent campaign against Islam in Communist Yugoslavia. This campaign had its contemporary roots in the early 1970’s when Bosniaks were allowed for the first time to declare themselves as a national group, but its deeper roots may lie in what Serbian scholar Bogdan Denitch calls “the pathological suspicion and hatred of Muslim Slavs.”

Serbian propagandists (and other left-apologists) took out of context President Izetbegovic’s words from Islamic Declaration (Izetbegovic’s book criticising Islamic governments): “There can be no peace or co-existence between the Islamic Faith and non Islamic institutions”. Part II of the Declaration, “The Islamic Order,” explains how Muslim society should be reorganized based on Islamic principles. Parts of this section are often quoted out of context to prove that the Declaration advocates violence. It is crucial to note that Izetbegovic was speaking here of Islamic countries in which false modernist or conservative Islamic doctrines have been institutionalized in the political and social system. He was simply criticising Islamic governments and in many instances praised Western achievements. He was not speaking of Western countries or his native Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnia is not even mentioned in the book). A close reading of the Declaration reveals that Izetbegovic was advocating a cultural, not a political revolution, especially in countries (like Yugoslavia) where Muslims were a minority. As Noel Malcolm pointed out, Bosnia was not even mentioned in Izetbegovic’s book and he even praised Christian governments and Christian achievements in arts and science.

Maybe it’s time for Darko Trifunovic to learn about Serbia’s Nazi Past and leave anti-Fascists and anti-Communists alone.

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