- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 19, 2005

Deeply disturbing’

The U.S. ambassador to Serbia-Montenegro denounced the Serbian Parliament’s refusal to condemn the 1995 massacre of Muslims in the war that tore apart the former Yugoslavia.

Serbian nationalist parties last week defeated a measure to condemn war crimes committed during the conflict that raged during the 1990s that included the killing by Bosnian Serbian forces of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the United Nations-declared “safe haven” of Srebrenica.

“The absence of real action in the Serbian Parliament regarding the massacre, the massive tragedy in Srebrenica, is not only regretful but also deeply disturbing,” Ambassador Michael C. Polt told the Danas newspaper in the capital, Belgrade.

“It is not enough to issue general statements against war crimes committed in the history of mankind when we talk here about a concrete circumstance and the condemnation of concrete and real human sufferings.”

The conflict led to independence for Bosnia and the realignment of Serbia into a federation with neighboring Montenegro.

‘Positive step’

President Bush praised Mongolia for a free and fair presidential election that drew 75 percent of the country’s registered voters to the polls.

Mr. Bush called the May 22 election of Nambaryn Enkhbayar “another positive step” in the democratic development of the Central Asian nation, according to a letter released last week by the Mongolian Embassy.

“Let me also express my appreciation to the government and people of Mongolia for standing alongside the United States in the global war against terrorism and for the brave service of your nation’s soldiers in Iraq,” Mr. Bush added in his letter to Mr. Enkhbayar.

The congressional Mongolian caucus praised the country’s “free and fair election” and said it is encouraged by “this show of democracy in Asia,” the embassy added.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

cA European delegation for the annual U.S.-European Union summit: Luxembourgian Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, EU president; Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn; Jose Manuel Barroso, EU Commission president; Guenter Verheugen, EU Commission vice president; Peter Mandelson, EU trade minister; Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU foreign affairs commissioner; and Javier Solano, foreign affairs envoy of the EU Council of Ministers. President Bush hosts the summit at the White House.

Tomorrow

• Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who meets with President Bush to mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the United States.

• Janos Koka, Hungary’s minister of the economy, who meets with administration officials and potential business investors.

• Jaroslaw Pietras, Poland’s secretary of state for European affairs.

• Jose Angel Gurria, Mexico’s former finance minister who has been nominated to serve as foreign minister. He participates in a forum at the Inter-American Dialogue.

• Miodrag Vlahovic, Montenegro’s foreign minister, who addresses invited guests at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

• Dr. Henry Brodaty of Australia’s Prince of Wales Hospital, and Dr. Cristina Sampaio of Portugal’s Hospital de Santa Maria. They participate in a conference hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association.

• Menachem Klein, a professor at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and Tel Aviv University. He addresses Americans for Peace Now on Israel’s planned disengagement from the Gaza Strip at noon in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Wednesday

• Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, who attends a dinner hosted by the United States-Thailand Amity Council to benefit the orphans from last year’s tsunami.

Friday

• Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who meets with President Bush.

• Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail [email protected].


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