The massacre of about 1,200 Muslims, which took place on July 20 1995 at the farm "Pilice" near Srebrenica, was staged by the French and Muslim intelligence services. Federal Information Minister Goran Matic emphasized at yesterday's press conference that there is evidence for these claims. This crime was committed by recruiting the locals, and the evidence is based on the statements of the participants in the spy affair "Pauk".
"The solving of the crime near Srebrenica is our debt to the truth," emphasized Matic.
This massacre, according to Matic, was used for huge media manipulation, with the goal of demonization of the Serb side and its top political and military leaders. "For example, that summer the TV show 'Good Morning America' produced by ABC TV broadcast pictures of 'Muslim refugees from Srebrenica' clambering through snow in the middle of July," Matic gave an example.
First indications that the massacre near Srebrenica was carried out by the Western intelligence services and extremists surrounding Alija Izetbegovic surfaced immediately after the crime. Specifically, said Matic, Jugoslav Petrusic and Milorad Pelemis (group "Pauk") are responsible for the crime, on behalf of the French intelligence service, as well as General Morillion, who returned because of this to Bosnia-Hercegovina where General Jeanvier was in charge of the UN troops, agent of the Sarajevo government Alija Delimustafic and the commander of Srebrenica Naser Oric.
Their meetings took place during 1994 and 1995 in Vidikovac near Zvornik, in a military base in Tuzla and in Vlasenica. The last meeting took place in Zvornik in July 1995, in the house of the former mayor, a Muslim, and the security for the meeting was provided by Milan Jovovic. The tactical situation around Srebrenica was worked out on a British map, which was found on Milorad Pelemis during the investigation in connection with the affair "Pauk".
"At that meeting, it was agreed that Srebrenica would surrender without fighting, that Naser Oric would leave the town, and that U.N. forces would also withdraw. It was agreed that the members of the Tenth Commando Unit carry out the massacre, for which they were promised DM2 million," explained Matic.
He reminded journalists of the suit filed by Srebrenica Muslims against the Netherlands, whose soldiers withdrew, allowing the massacre of the Muslims, as had been planned in advance.
Serbs are blamed for the massacre, although it was committed by a multiethnic gang, whose members were Croats, Muslims, Slovenes, and several Serbs. Matic charged Milorad Pelemis, former special forces policemen Franc Kos and Zijad Zigic, also known as Zivko Micic, with murder. Drazen Erdemovic, who is supposed to testify against Karadzic and Mladic in the Hague, was with them.
He said that Milorad Pelemis, mentioned in numerous Hague indictments, has without problems obtained a Schengen visa and then fought for the French in Zaire.
"The West keeps under its control murderers and criminals who serve its interests. What is the West offering us? Democracy of paid murderers?" wondered Matic, emphasizing that exactly the case of Milorad Pelemis proves a lot.
Naser Oric himself confirmed in a letter the existence of a conspiracy with the goal to frame Serbs for a massacre near Srebrenica. In a memorandum to Alija Izetbegovic he says that he did not agree with the plan to surrender Srebrenica, regardless of all the consequences, but that he did take the money promised for the implementation of that plan at the Yellow Bridge near Bratunac.
Goran Matic publicized another previously unknown detail, related to the activities of the group "Pauk" in Yugoslavia.
"When the Hague prisoner Stevo Todorovic saw footage from one of our first press conferences on the Dutch TV he recognized Jugoslav Petrusic. He exclaimed: 'That is the man who arrested me!' Petrusic, Rade Petrovic and Branko Vlaco kidnapped Todorovic in Yugoslavia and took him to Bosnia," said the Federal Information Minister, emphasizing that the Hague Tribunal uses criminals to arrest "unsuitable" individuals.
The goals of the French agents, according to Matic, were to enable president Chirac to convince the British to support a more radical attitude towards the Serbs and to finish the war in Bosnia by a NATO entry to that country. That would justify the staging of the massacre near Srebrenica, for which the Serb side was supposed to take blame in order to condemn general Mladic and the leadership of the Republic of Srpska.
He reminded that as early as last year, in connection with the affair "Pauk" it was established that western intelligence services, lacking other means for pressure, use more radical methods.
About the relationship between Madeleine Albright and the opposition Matic said the following: "Madeleine Albright, if she wants to lead the opposition, should have used the time she spent in Yugoslavia, when Serbs saved her from the Nazis, to obtain our citizenship. Then, she could be active in politics in this country, but only after she served a sentence for her war crimes".