Serbia: Ministers visit Milosevic grave

Belgrade, 20 August (AKI) – Two Serbian government ministers on Wednesday visited the grave of Slobodan Milosevic to pay respects to the former president on the anniversary of his birth.

Zarko Obradovic and Milutin Mrkonjic, the Education and Infrastructure ministers from Milosevic's Socialist Party, laid a wreath on the tombstone of the late autocratic leader in his hometown, Pozarevac, east of Belgrade.

The Socialists joined forces with their former bitter rivals, the Democratic Party of President Boris Tadic, to create a coalition government on 7 July.

Obradovic, Education Minister, said that his party needed to "point out the values" once promoted by Milosevic.

"We have a moral, political and human obligation to visit his grave. It is an opportunity for us to remind ourselves to all the values our president promoted during his life," Obradovic stated.

He also added that during his life Milosevic had been dedicated to "freedom, justice and equality ideals".

The former Serbian and Yugoslav president was charged with genocide and war crimes and died in captivity in The Hague before the case was concluded.

The Hague war crimes tribunal charged Milosevic with crimes against humanity, violating the laws or customs of war, grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions and genocide for his role during the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo.

He died in captivity in March 2006 before the court reached a verdict.

Several hundred activists visited Milosevic’s grave on Wednesday.

A book entitled, Slobodan Milosevic – A Tribute to 20th Century, was to be promoted next to the Milosevic family home late Wednesday.

This book contains Milosevic’s speeches during his term as president to his arrest and extradition to The Hague.

Milosevic served as President of Serbia from 1989 until 1997 and as President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997 to 2000. He also led Serbia's Socialist Party from 1990.


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