At the last session before the summer break, the amendments to two laws in the field of culture and one international agreement were on the agenda of the Assembly. Judging by the reactions of the chairpersons, all the discussions were on the agenda. In reality only some of them were.
“Make reality shows, throw various parties, make street festivals starting from the “Beer” festival; eventually we will end up with orgies in the squares, just like it happened in Athens, so we will have to figure out whether to kill Socrates, expel Plato, etc.”
“The amendments before us will harmonise the Law on Culture with the Law on Gender Equality and this will enable equal representation of the underrepresented sex in the National Council for Culture, management boards and oversight committees.”
“These and similar legal solutions provide an enduring framework that will facilitate the implementation of equal opportunities policies that we strive for.”
“From the position of women in art, society and probably only temporarily in politics, I want to emphasise that a provision that imposes the presence of 40% of underrepresented gender in the management structures of cultural institutions, whether male or female, is important.“
And then, as if on command, “Serbs did not commit genocide.”
“In the end, our famous director Predrag Antonijević spoke well about it. When asked about the crime in Srebrenica, he asked a counter-question: Who told you that? When they told him that the mothers of Srebrenica had said that, he said – this is one of the proofs that no crime took place in Srebrenica, because if a crime had happened, there would be no mothers of Srebrenica, just as there were no mothers of Jasenovac after the genocide of Serbs living in the NDH.”
“We did not commit genocide. Croats committed genocide from 1941 to 1945 in the Independent State of Croatia. Croats committed genocide during the operation “Storm”. Please, I emphasise again, let us not confuse a crime with genocide.”
“So, right there where Kurti and Marinika Tepić accuse Serbs and Serbian people of some kind of genocide, there are no more Serbs. The only people that experienced a systematic crime in the 20th century and that lived and experienced genocide is the Serbian people, in the Ustasha NDH.”
“All those who belong to the German, i.e. to the Austrian nation, they should refrain when mentioning the Serbian people in the context of any genocide, because the genocide took place in the First World War. The genocide was committed by the Austro-Hungarians against the Serbs, it was committed by Germany, it was committed by Bulgaria.”
Incidentally, the proposals of the Resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica and the Resolution on crimes in and around Srebrenica are in the parliamentary procedure, but the MPs have not put them yet on the agenda.
For the Open Parliament Mirjana Nikolić.