Former Bosnian Muslim commander Hakija Meholjic says that he was in presence of the Bosnian Muslim President Alija Izetbegovic when he told him to “sacrifice” Srebrenica for Sarajevo and demanded that 5,000 Bosnian Muslims be put to death with a knife just before Serb troops enter the city.
“I was in Srebrenica delegation in 1993 in Sarajevo when Alija Izetbegovic suggested to us to sacrifice Srebrenica for Vogosca. That has, unfortunately, happened in 1995,” said Meholjic to the Banja Luka daily Glas Srpske.
Meholjic then goes on about Izetbegovic’s knifing request:
“Alija Izetbegovic was then in 1993 demanding not to kill, but to slaughter [with a knife] 5,000 Bosniaks in Srebrenica. We were in Sarajevo hotel Holiday Inn when I stood up and asked him if he is crazy and who will kill all those people.”
Meholjic was a military commander in the Bosnian Muslim army during the civil war in the 1990s and today he leads the Social Democratic Party in Srebrenica.
Meholjic’s comments were made in an interview which can be read via very crude and unsophisticated but still readable Google translation of the original that was typed in Serbian cyrillic script.