Dr. Srđa Pavlović teaches modern Balkan history at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on nationalism and identity construction. Also Dr. Srđa Pavlović is the Member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for Research Genocide, Canada.
“Under the premiership of Milo Djukanović (multi-term prime minister since 1990) the government of Montenegro had preached tolerance while it often practiced and/or tolerated extremism, nationalism, chauvinism, and the hatred of the unwanted other. Djukanović’s government had failed to protect the citizens of Montenegro of Islamic faith when they were molested, tortured, and ethnically cleansed in the early 1990s by various paramilitary units. The role played by the Montenegrin police forces in those crimes is yet to be properly assessed. Moreover, it was the government of Milo Djukanović that ordered its police forces to locate, arrest, and hand over civilian refugees from Bosnia to Radovan Karadžić’s killers. A singular focus on one specific issue, such as the government’s attitude toward the Jewish community in Montenegro does not compensate for the lack of awareness of a historical record. It, however, disregards the large chunk of recent history that represents an unpleasant burden for the Montenegrin government and its multi-term prime minister. Those are my reasons for objecting to your expressing the gratitude to the Montenegrin government in this specific way”.
Remarks following the meeting between Dr. Simon Samuels and the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Milo Djukanović