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Rare photo of a Hero, Srebrenica's Naser Oric in 1993

From 1992 to 1995, Naser Oric defended the besieged enclave of Srebrenica from Serb forces stationed in heavily militarized Serb villages around the town. Serbs attacked Srebrenica on a daily basis from nearby Serb village. After the war, Serbs blamed Naser Oric of committing “massacres” against notorious Serbian terrorists around the enclave. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) acquitted Naser Oric of all charges and ruled that Serb tales of “massacres” were “influenced by Serb propaganda.”

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January 20, 2011 at 5:27 pm

U.N. on Serbian Propaganda about Srebrenica and Naser Oric's Raids

Fifty-fourth session, Agenda item 42
The situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina
15 November 1999, pages 103-104

Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to General Assembly resolution 53/35

The Fall of Srebrenica

B. Role of Bosniak forces on the ground

475. Criticisms have also been leveled at the Bosniaks in Srebrenica, among them that they did not fully demilitarize and that they did not do enough to defend the enclave. To a degree, these criticisms appear to be contradictory. Concerning the first criticism, it is right to note that the Bosnian Government had entered into demilitarization agreements with the Bosnian Serbs. They did this with the encouragement of the United Nations. While it is also true that the Bosnian fighters in Srebrenica did not fully demilitarize, they did demilitarize enough for UNPROFOR to issue a press release, on 21 April 1993, saying that the process had been a success. Specific instructions from United Nations Headquarters in New York stated that UNPROFOF should not be too zealous in searching for Bosniak weapons and, later, that the Serbs should withdraw their heavy weapons before the Bosniaks gave up their weapons. The Serbs never did withdraw their heavy weapons. Read the rest of this entry »

Naser Oric, Counter-Attack on Notorious Kravica near Srebrenica

“I am sorry that, as you put it, Serbs feel unhappy and angry. And since I am a soldier, I know that Serbs… true Serbs who are also soldiers, know well that I fought them fair and square on a battlefield. Therefore, I don’t think they are jelaous because of my acquittal; they knew for a long that I was never a war criminal, and that I was a soldier fighting on a battlefield for survival, and nothing else.” – NASER ORIC

Photo: Former commander of Bosniak defenders of Srebrenica, Naser Oric (aka: Nasir Oric), is pictured at the court house of the UN war crimes tribunal on July 3, 2008 in The Hague. Naser Oric was acquitted of all charges against him by the appeals chamber of the United Nations’ war crimes tribunal.

The Judgment in Naser Oric case makes it clear that the Serb village of Kravica was a military base from which Serbs launched cowardly attacks on neighbouring Bosniak villages and the town of Srebrenica itself. The attacks on Bosnian Muslim settlements resulted in a great number of Bosniak victims. Bosniak counter-attack on Kravica was a legitimate defensive measure that followed on the 7 January 1993 as a result of Serb blockade of humanitarian aid and constant attacks on nearby Bosnian Muslim villages. According to the Oric Judgment it was the Serb forces that attacked first – Naser Oric only responded to their attack:

“The fighting intensified in December 1992 and the beginning of January 1993, when Bosnian Muslims were attacked by Bosnian Serbs primarily from the direction of Kravica and Ježestica. In the early morning of the 7 January 1993, Orthodox Christmas day, Bosnian Muslims attacked Kravica, Ježestica and Šiljkovići. Convincing evidence suggests that the village guards were backed by the VRS [Bosnian Serb Army], and following the fighting in the summer of 1992, they received military support, including weapons and training. A considerable amount of weapons and ammunition was kept in Kravica and Šiljkovići. Moreover, there is evidence that besides the village guards, there was Serb and Bosnian Serb military presence in the area. The Trial Chamber is not satisfied that it can be attributed solely to Bosnian Muslims. The evidence is unclear as to the number of houses destroyed by Bosnian Muslims as opposed to those destroyed by Bosnian Serbs. In light of this uncertainty, the Trial Chamber concludes that the destruction of property in Kravica between 7 and 8 December 1992 does not fulfil the elements of wanton destruction of cities, towns or villages not justified by military necessity.”

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December 9, 2010 at 5:04 am