At its meeting on September 30, 2010, the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights gave full support to the Initiative for RECOM. Director of the Delegation for relations with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo, Eduard Kukan, called on the European Parliament and the European Commission to support this long-term and “unique initiative.” On the same occasion, Director for Western Balkans at the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission, Pierre Mirel, said: “RECOM is a necessary complement to the judicial process, and we ought to get the full support for it from the governments and parliaments.” On this occasion, President of the Subcommittee, Ms. Heidi Hautula, said that “this is the first time that such an important initiative comes from bottom up, toward us.”
In its Resolution on the Process of European Integration of Serbia, adopted on January 19, 2011, the European Parliament supported the Initiative for RECOM as “the process of raising awareness and reconciliation throughout the Western Balkans,” and called on the authorities of Serbia and other countries to support the initiative.
On January 26, 2011, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution (1786) Reconciliation and political dialogue between the countries of the former Yugoslavia (2011), which singled out the support the Initiative for RECOM as important because RECOM calls for public recognition and respect for all victims.
In the Report on Serbia’s progress toward European integrations (EC analytical Rapport 2011) from October 2011, the European Commission stated that “initiatives by NGOs and civil society, like RECOM, play an important role in enhancing reconciliation among citizens in the region.”
On November 15, 2011, at a meeting with representatives of the Coalition for RECOM, the Office of the Secretary of the UN Human Rights expressed unequivocal support of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to the Initiative for RECOM.
Strong support for the Initiative for RECOM was also expressed by the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, in a meeting with a delegation of the Coalition for RECOM, on November 16, 2011. The Bureau emphasized the willingness of UNDP to promote the establishment of RECOM post-Yugoslav countries.
During the presentation of the report “Post-war justice and durable peace in the former Yugoslavia” on March 19, 2012 in Sarajevo, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, once again supported the establishment of RECOM. He appealed to the political elite to promptly begin a serious discussion about RECOM. He stressed the importance of the existence of a common narrative and consensus on the key facts and welcomed the focus of the Initiative for RECOM on the process of establishing the facts. According to Hammarberg, such a consensus does not preclude respect for and understanding of different versions of the truth, which every ethnic community has, because that too is one of the aspects of reconciliation. Rather, a common position on key facts in connection with the events of the wars of the 1990s must be established.
On March 29, 2012, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Serbia’s progress (2011/2886 RSP), a document prepared by the Slovenian MP Jelko Kacin. In paragraph 39 of the resolution, the European Parliament “expresses its support for the Initiative for RECOM to continue to initiate and direct the process of reconciliation throughout the Western Balkans.”
During his visit to Croatia on April 1, 2012, ICTY chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz welcomed the regional initiative for the establishment of facts and truth-telling: “Initiatives such as RECOM are important because they encourage non-governmental organizations at the state level, as well as members of civil society, to complement the work of the Hague Tribunal and the local courts.”
In its report on the progress of Serbia in 2013, the European Commission indicated that it continues to support the RECOM Process. In the document titled The Enlargement Strategy and Main Challenges 2013-2014, published on October 16, 2013, the European Commission was supportive of the first meeting of the heads of state with RECOM delegates.
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