Today, the Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament participated at the annual commemoration of the Srebrenica massacre, a dark page in our continent’s recent history.
We have to join efforts so that violence never comes back to the region and to Bosnia Herzegovina. The European Union must strongly support efforts in favour of reconciliation. There is no room for provocative behaviours that threaten the peace and stability in Bosnia Herzegovina.
Four of our MEPs, Ilhan Kyuckyuk, Nathalie Loiseau, Karen Melchior and Catharina Rinzema were present at the Srebrenica Memorial Centre for the 27th anniversary of the genocide, to commemorate and honour the 8.000 Bosnian men and boys slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces in July 1995.
Renew Europe also condemns any initiative to deny or minimise the Srebrenica genocide. Renew Europe encourage efforts across Europe to prevent hate speech and incitement to violence through education and dialogue.
Renew Europe expects that the upcoming general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina, scheduled in October, take place in a safe environment and to be free and fair. We call on all political forces in the country to act responsibly as it is essential to strengthen trust, dialogue, compromise building, and work towards peace and mutual respect among all peoples and citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We will make sure that the European Parliament takes part in the election observation mission.