BELGRADE – Serbia on Sunday honored 2019 Nobel Literature Prize winner Peter Handke, who is identified for his apologist views around Serbia’s nationalist policies and Serb war crimes during the 1990s wars in the Balkans.
The Austrian novelist and screenwriter acquired a condition decoration from Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic, a former ultranationalist who now states he wishes his nation to be a part of the European Union. On Friday, Handke also gained honors from Bosnian Serbs.
“Thank you for every thing you have finished for Serbia,” Vucic claimed. “Serbia is displaying gratitude to its good friend with this (decoration).”
The RTS television stated Handke was awarded for “special contribution in representing Serbia and its citizens in the location of general public and cultural actions and for private persistence in uncompromising responsibility towards the reality.”
Handke is adored by Serbs for support for the duration of the wars of the 1990s’ and the era of late strongman Slobodan Milosevic when Serbs had been greatly blamed for fomenting the conflict that killed much more than 100,000 men and women. Handke is viewed as persona non grata in the Bosnian money, Sarajevo, and in Kosovo, a previous Serbian province that declared independence in 2008.
Handke also has disputed that the 1995 massacre of 8,000 Bosniak adult males and boys in the city of Srebrenica was genocide. That operates counter to several rulings by international courts, which have proclaimed the carnage in the eastern Bosnian enclave a genocide.
The writer mentioned in Belgrade that he was didn’t hope to receive Serbia’s condition awards, the official RTS television noted.
“I was not organized,” he mentioned.
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