Croatian President Ivo Josipović and Macedonian President Gjorge
Ivanov have appointed their personal envoys to RECOM. The envoys will
take part in the work of the Regional Expert Group tasked with
considering the Draft Statute put forward by the Coalition for RECOM and
examining the constitutional and legal grounds for establishing RECOM.
The meeting of the Presidents’ Envoys, to be attended by representatives
of the Coalition for RECOM, will take place under the auspices of a
president in the Region. Media will be excluded from the meeting.
Josipović appointed Zlata Đurđević, a professor at the Faculty of Law
at the University of Zagreb; President Ivanov appointed Luben
Arnaudoski, Deputy Secretary- General in charge of legal and
organizational affairs at the Office of the President of Macedonia.
December 2012, the Coalition for RECOM called on the State Presidents
in the region to adopt a decision on the establishment of RECOM. The
initiative is sponsored by the Regional Coalition and supported by
543,000 signatures collected in all the post-Yugoslav countries.
its letter to the State Presidents, the Coalition for RECOM points out
the significant results achieved by human rights NGOs in documenting the
victims of the Wars of the 1990s. It adds that the results would help
RECOM to carry out more speedily and efficiently its primary task of
personalizing the people who lost their lives or went missing during the
1991-2001 wars and making sure that they are publicly recognized.
independent sources estimate the human losses suffered in or related to
the wars in the territories of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and
Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo and Macedonia at some 130,000.
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