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Press release

“Memorandum” Policy Refueled

June 25, 2014

The synchronized interviews with Academician Vasilije Krestić two high circulation metropolitan papers – Politika and Vecernje Novosti – carried last weekend signaled the beginning of the election campaign by the most conservative circles in the Serb Academy of Arts and Sciences /SANU/ for “their man’s” presidency. Should these circles win the day that would be in stark contradiction with the officially proclaimed policy for Serbia’s accession to EU and regional stability.

Krestić’s stands are extremely nationalistic as he advocates the same ideas that had been behind Serbia’s warring campaign against other ex-Yugoslav republics and nations, and instigated war crimes against non-Serb population, ethnic cleansing and genocide. That was the predominant policy of SANU in 1980s, practically promulgated by all leading academicians, historians and lawyers in the first place. Its strategic document was the infamous Memorandum, firstly published in Vecernje Novosti in 1986. The document’s “historical” and “legal” arguments and fabrications were after reshaping of republican borders of the time and subsequent establishment of the Greater Serbia. Academicians were those who provided the ideological groundwork for Serbia’s warring propaganda in 1980s and 1990s. After all they role in preparing the terrain for ex-Yugoslav wars, the same as Memorandum itself, were in the focus of expert testimonies before ICTY in several trials.

The Helsinki Committee for Human Rights strongly condemns the campaign whereby some state and para-state-run media are now promoting most retrograde political ideas of the warring 1990s. This mostly refers to manipulative statements by the “controversial,” extremist historian Vasilije Krestić, one of the authors of the infamous Memorandum.

During Academician Nikola Hajdin’s presidency, SANU has distanced itself from the “Memorandum group” and tried to restore its dignity. Departments other than historical and legal were given support and achieved significant scientific results – the general public, unfortunately, knows little about. However, the fact remains that SANU has never officially renounced the “Memorandum policy.”

Krestić’s presidency of SANU would dangerously undermine the institution itself, social sciences and the society as a whole as it would encourage intellectual circles that strongly oppose Serbia’s membership of EU. It would also undermine the trends in SANU promoted by the incumbent President Nikola Hajdin. Krestić advocates SANU’s involvement in public policy, and insists on “unresolved national questions” such as Kosovo or Vojvodina’s “unconstitutionality” along the lines of Memorandum.

This policy has never been totally defeated. On the contrary, it is still in action, especially in Vojvodina. Segments of the structures in power also strongly oppose Serbia’s course towards EU despite all official proclamations of the present government. Krestić as the President of SANU would mean that these structures have carried the day.

As a key scholarly institution of the country, SANU is morally obliged to do its utmost to lay bare the policy that had led Serbia to “historical defeat.” It is also duty-bound to initiate moral renewal of the society, based on the truth and facts.



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