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BANJALUKA, September 11 /SRNA/ - "Days of Remembrance" event to commemorate all Serb victims of the 20th century wars, this year dedicated to the suffering of Serbs in the 1995 West Krajina municipalities, will be held in Drvar on Friday, September 13, under the auspices of the Republika Srpska Government.


Milorad Kojić, the Head of the Republika Srpska Research Centre of War, War Crimes and Tracing Missing Persons, which organised the event for the third year in a row, told SRNA that the aim of the event was to institute a culture of memory and remembrance.

"We need to know what happened in the past to make a better course for the future," Kojić said.

He said the event would start at 7 pm with a central ceremony titled "Krajino Moja" on a plateau outside the Workers' Home in Drvar to be attended by senior officials from Republika Srpska and Serbia.

He says that the Centre will open an exhibition titled "Warning" in Drvar on Thursday, which would depict the suffering of Serbs from 1991 to 1995, after which professors of the Banjaluka University will hold a history class.

He says that the Serbian Orthodox Church /SOC/ will participate in this year’s organisation of the "Days of Remembrance” event, thus His Holiness Bishop Sergije of Bihać-Petrovac will serve memorial service at 11:00hrs on Saturday, September 14, at the Church of St Peter and Paul n Bosanski Petrovac.

When it comes to the prosecution of war crimes committed against Serbs in the West Krajina municipalities in 1995, Kojić pointed out that there have not been final judgments yet, except one relating to the 505th Bužim Brigade of the so-called Army of BiH, while Croatia ignores the processing of its citizens for aggression against Republika Srpska in 1995.

"The only thing we managed to do with the actingprosecutor is to open a trial against the war commander of the 5th Corps of the so-called BiH Army, Atif Dudaković and others," Kojić emphasized.

He stated no need for judgments to write history, which is what Bosniaks and Croats want in this case because, if there were no judgments, this crime would be forgotten.

Kojić stressed that Republika Srpska would not allow the crime to sink in oblivion, as more than 120,000 people were expelled from the West Krajina municipalities in operations Maestral, Southern Move and Sana in 1995 following the Croatian military operation Storm in Knin Krajina.

He said that 1,660 people were killed during these operations in Republika Srpska, 571 of whom were civilians, the elderly people, women and children, while the most are still being searched for.

"The largest Serb mass grave with 181 bodies was discovered in Mrkonjić Grad, which is sufficient evidence of the scale of the crimes and how the crimes were committed, as evident from the autopsy findings of the remains recovered," Kojić concluded. /end/vos



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