Srebrenica was already an unmentionable subject at UN headquarters in New York City. Within the broader international diplomatic family talk about it reflected unease, as if speaking of a disgraced relative. However, it is not Srebrenica that should bear the shame. The town and people already were suffering the consequences of being betrayed. Nonetheless, Srebrenica would be shunned so that others, global powers would not have to face the shame. There was no chance that Europe or the United States foreign policy apparatus would support any United Nations investigation into the events of Srebrenica. Even in Sarajevo, any talk of Srebrenica was taboo. Only two years after Dayton, the foreign policy of Bosnia & Herzegovina was no longer its own. So when Bianca Jagger asked me, as Bosnia & Herzegovina's Ambassador before the United Nations, to formally call for a UN investigation, I knew that this effort would quickly be buried, unless a strategy could be formulated to bring it out from the cloak of diplomatic suffocation.
ERASING AN OBLIGATION TO VICTIMS OF GENOCIDE
When Srebrenica was buried into Republika Srpska, it was promptly forsaken by the multilateral institutions that had previously assumed the obligation to defend it. Perhaps it was faced with the precedent of so many other towns of BiH, Prijedor, Foca, Visegrad and many others that had become defined by a new reality of ethnic cleansing and redefinition.
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