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Our article on Vuk Jeremic and “Marsh Na Drinu” has aroused much commentary and debate.   https://diplomaticallyincorrect.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/did-serbias-unga-president-violate-diplomacy-peace-and-dignity-of-united-nations-by-ambassador-muhamed-sacirbey/   Some Serbian citizens have referred to it as a “patriotic” song reflecting Serbia’s brutal conflict during WWI with the Austro-Hungarian border (much of it fought along Bosnia & Herzegovina’s borders). Some have also pointed out that it was “misused” by ultra-nationalist forces during the more recent aggression and genocide conducted against Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Regardless of whether “Marsh Na Drinu” (“March to the River Drina” in English) is a patriotic Serbian song or provocative to the victims of genocide, it cannot be reasonably disputed that this militaristic march is an odd choice for any celebration and especially New Year’s at the United Nations, a house where peace is promoted in theme and art regardless of sometimes unfortunate reality of a multitude of conflicts. It is also noteworthy that this militaristic march was ultimately rejected as Serbia’s anthem due to the offense it could engender particularly during the war and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia & Herzegovina in the 1990’s. So, the question again, why was it selected for a UN peace event celebrating each other’s traditions, including Christian Orthodox New Year?

—Vuk Jeremic has given up hope that Moscow will succeed in pressing his candidacy as the next UN Secretary General, and he has decided to play the nationalist card to secure his next public office among more nationalist parties in Serbia; or

—Mr. Jeremic intended to project his selection as the UN General Assembly President as a legitimization of Serbia’s more recent ultra-nationalist past (for which many of its highest officials have been prosecuted including General Perisic – Military Chief of Staff, Radical Political Party Chief Seselj, Security Chief Stanisic, as well as former President Slobodan Milosevic); or

—Mr. Jeremic was oblivious to both the potential insult to victims and contradiction with the theme of the UN in opting for a militarist march.

Of course, it could be a bit of all, but it is reasonable that the United Nations as well as victims and peoples from the ex-Yugoslavia would receive some explanation for this odd selection.

 

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

 

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PHOTO Credit:  VESTIonline (Vuk Jeremic – New Year’s)

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Presumably celebrating New Year in event at United Nations, the current President of the UN General Assembly apparently was responsible for the playing of an ultra-nationalist militaristic march, “March on Drina,” (or “March upon the River Drina” in English). This militaristic song was employed as the anthem by Serb forces who committed genocide in Srebrenica (which is on the Drina River) as well as a campaign of aggression and ethnic cleansing through much of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

An overwhelming number of Bosnian/Herzegovinian organizations as well as individuals have reacted, many with letters of formal complaint to the UN Secretary General labeling the actions of former Serbian Foreign Minister and current UNGA President Vuk Jeremic as promoting a fascist, insulting song that adorned genocide over the last century, and less than 20 years earlier in the Drina valley towns of Zepa, Gorazde, Visegrad and many others, as well as Srebrenica.  However, I would start with a simpler question: In the building of peace, the United Nations, why would someone opt for a militaristic march to mark any holiday, but especially New Year’s? Did Mr. Jeremic’s actions also insult Orthodox Christianity by associating this great religion’s celebration of New Year (on January 14) with such a militaristic and nationalistic song? Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Agnostics, Atheists and persons of other religious identities within the framework of the United Nations and as a matter of goodwill have made it habit of celebrating with their fellow global citizens and diplomats each other’s holidays. Transforming a New Year’s event into one that celebrates militarism in the least and genocide/aggression at worst undermines a longstanding tradition of mutual respect.

 

Muhamed Sacirbey

 

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PHOTO Credit bbc.co.uk : Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic in Srebrenica

 

 

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