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30 Mar, 2010 15:36

Foreign forces need Serbia’s apology to justify intervention - Balkans expert

Serbia's Parliament is debating whether to apologize to Bosnian Muslims over the massacre of eight thousand men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.

Nationalists have rejected the draft resolution, saying it should also mention Serb victims of the nineties conflict.

Misha Gavrilovic, a Balkans expert who's been following events in the former Yugoslavia for 20 years thinks there is external pressure coming from the EU from the tribunal in The Hague and also from the US for Serbia to “declare itself guilty in some way.”

“There has been a massive intervention there,” the expert said. “It needs some excuse to justify its intervention. One simple way is to declare someone a criminal and then say ‘our intervention has been justified’.”