The Congress of North American Bosniaks and the Institute for Research of genocide Canada strongly condemn the hateful rhetoric by the President of France, Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron. The words and intents matter and president Macron’s despicable statement against Bosniaks and Bosnia and Herzegovina is a troubling signal of the failing French democracy and its pivoting on foreign policies. Instead of dealing with domestic policy issues and the rise of antisemitism, islamophobia, and failed EU systems, the French president wastes no time in inviting and inciting another genocide against Bosniaks and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
President Macron’s policies towards Bosnia and Herzegovina represent a continuation of the traditional stance of the Socialist Party of France toward an independent and democratic Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the war and aggression against Bosnia and Herzegovina in the period of 1992-01995, the then President of France, François Mitterrand was a passionate champion of the arms embargo against the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and supporter of the partition of the newly independent country, which encouraged Serbian aggression and led to Serbian policies of ethnic cleansing and genocide against Bosniaks.
We request the president issue an apology to Bosniaks living in Bosnia and Herzegovina and around the world. We also demand the Bosnia and Herzegovina institutions react more firmly against these unwarranted accusations and attacks on Bosnia and Herzegovina and by extension its citizens around the world.
The Congress of North American Bosniaks (CNAB)
The Institute for Research of Genocide Canada (IGC)