ACBH Executive Director, Ms. Ajla Delkic delivered the opening remarks and thanked Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) for his unwavering support of BiH over the years. Ambassador Miller informed the audience of the work of the ICMP, which uses DNA testing and forensics to identify the remains of those who went missing. Thus far, ICMP has identified 90% of those who went missing in Srebrenica and has put the missing on the political and international agenda. Because it provides indisputable facts, “ICMP helps combat genocide denial” stated Ambassador Miller.
“I am glad we commemorate Srebrenica each year rather than every 10, 15 or 20 years as with other historical events, because the underlying issues do remain current, evident in the continued denial or the downplaying of the genocide. Bosnia survived a conflict – that is history thank goodness – but work remains to overcome the artificial separatism, outdated nationalism and political self-enrichment that hold it back today and deny the people of Bosnia the future in Europe they truly deserve. That is why Bosnia today, as in 1995, is not just a country but a cause, and a cause worth fighting for in the U.S. Congress and in U.S. foreign policy. We owe that to those who perished 18 years ago in Srebrenica” stated Mr. Hand.