Conference of International Parliamentarians against Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina
European Parliament, Brussels,
28-29 April 1994
Dr. Egon KLEPSCH, President of the European Parliament, in his
inaugural address to the conference of the
Parliamentarians Against Genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina" (IPGB)
yesterday afternoon strongly criticized British General Michael
ROSE, UN Commander in Bosnia, for his cynicism vis-à-vis
the tragic situation of the people of Gorazde. When the United
Nations denies the Bosnian people the right of self‑defense, the
UN troops cannot blame the Bosnian army for the lack of military
protection, President KLEPSCH stated.
In his message to the conference, Austrian Foreign Minister Dr.
Alois MOCK referred to the United Nations'
arms embargo against the Republic of Bosnia‑Herzegovina. He said
that the keeping up of the embargo by the Security Council
"inevitably implies a special, direct responsibility to actively
protect" the people of that country. The Austrian Foreign Minister
further stated: "Unfortunately, a lack of resolve and clarity by
the world community recently has emboldened Serb troops to resume
military offensives, ruthlessly attacking the civilian population
of that country. The history of this war has shown that only a
concrete and credible perspective of implementing the UN
resolutions by all means can bring about progress in the effort to
stem the aggression." The Foreign Minister's message was delivered
by Dr. Hans Koechler, President of I.P.O. and member of the
coordinating committee of the conference.
Among the speakers of
opening session were Mr. Stipe MESIC, President of the Croatian
Parliament, Mr. Irfan
LJUBIJANKIC, Foreign Minister of
Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Mr. Mohammed Al Amin KHALIFA, President
of the Sudanese Parliament.
attended by more than 200 delegates from at least 40 countries.
The delegates unanimously called for the immediate lifting of the
arms embargo so as to allow the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina
defend themselves in
conformity with Art. 51 of the United Nations Charter.
the Austrian Foreign Minister, Dr. Alois Mock, to the participants
of the Conference organized by the "International Parliamentarians
against Genocide it Bosnia‑Herzegovina":
"In my capacity as Foreign Minister of the Republic of Austria I
would like to convey to the participants of this conference my
feelings of solidarity with your initiative. I believe this
gathering to be a valuable manifestation in favour of the rule of
law as.a basic principle of today's international relations and of
the traditional mufti‑ethnic and mufti‑religious character of
Bosnia‑Herzegovina. Supporting these ideas is not only a service
to the humane and modern idea of Europe, but also to the bridging
of differences between peoples of various parts of our world.
Unfortunately, a lack of resolve
clarity by the world community recently has emboldened Serb troops
to resume military offensives, ruthlessly attacking the civilian
population of that country. The history of this war has shown,
that only a concrete and credible perspective of implementing the
UN resolutions by
means, can bring about progress in the effort to stem the
The fact that the United Nations'
Security council is still
keeping up its
arms embargo against the Republic Bosnia‑Herzegovina, inevitably
implies a special,
responsibility to actively protect that country and thus pave the
way for the re‑establishment of normal democratic life within its
entire borders. Furthermore, a particular moral responsibility
lies with Europe, since a major part of the victims in this war
has an ethnic and/or religious Muslim identity, which is being
exploited by the aggressor
as a means of mobilization
through the appeal to racist instincts reminiscent of
worst moments of European history.
The re‑establishment of peace and cooperation between Bosniaks
and Croats is an encouraging sign that the world community,
through a principled and serious interest and mediation,
easily halt the spiral of hatred and favour just solutions.
Only such interest, of which this conference gives proof, will
ensure progress in attaining the goal of a free
Bosnia‑Herzegovina, which can be a safe home to
citizens, regardless of their nationality or creed."