The Embassy of the United States responded indirectly to President of Serbia recent statement that about OSCE Verification Mission faking the Racak massacre, in January 1999.
“The incendiary rhetoric and historical revisionism we have seen recently with regard to the events of 1999 are unacceptable”, said a statement released today, by the Embassy in Prishtina, Kosova.
It is not the first time that Serbian leaders try to rewrite history and refuse to acknowledge the war crimes committed during the late 1990 in Kosova.
The massacre of Racak, where dozens of unarmed civilians were killed by Serbian security forces was a tipping point that led to the failed Rambouillet talks and the military intervention of NATO which ended the war in Kosova.
Some critics however have taken issue with the statement from US Embassy which fails to mention Vucic by name or the “massacre of Racak”.
In an overly effort to express balance, the statement condemns again without specifics “selective prosecution of speech on the basis of political orientation or community.”
A former minister of Kosova’s government, Ivan Todosijevic, who is ethnic-Serbian is facing two years in prison for referring to the massacre in Racak as fake news. His case is pending in the Court of Appeals, which will review whether such statements amount to “hate speech” in Kosova.
Yesterday, Tom Gashi, a lawyer from Kosova, filed a similar lawsuit against the President of Serbia, Alexander Vucic, “for hate speech and incitement of hate, division, and intolerance on ethnic, racial, and religious basis”.
The US Embassy seems to have warn against these legal cases, which they see also as an obstacle to a significant dialogue between Kosova and Serbia.
“Freedom of speech has long been a bedrock principle of democracy. The events of this week pose another reminder of how important it is for Kosovo and Serbia to return to the table and refocus their energies on the future by normalizing relations,” says the statement issued in Prishtina. (r. a.)